The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Legal Observer program is part of a comprehensive system of legal support designed to enable people to express their political views as fully as possible without unconstitutional disruption or interference by the police and with the fewest possible consequences from the criminal justice system.
NLG Legal Observers (LOs) are not part of the demonstration. LOs observe and document interactions between law enforcement and demonstrators in anticipation of future civil or criminal litigation under the direction of NLG attorneys. NLG Legal Observers do not negotiate with law enforcement, provide legal advice, or serve as peace marshals.
For more information about the National Lawyers Guild’s Legal Observer program, visit http://www.nlg.org/legal-observer®-program.
Want to become a legal observer?
Need more information? Email our legal observer coordinator at CleLegalObservers@gmail.com.
Though NLG Legal Observers are typically law students, legal workers, and lawyers, trainings are open to everyone – EXCEPT those working for or with government or law enforcement agencies – interested in being trained and serving as an NLG Legal Observer. Legal Observer trainings are also closed to the media.
To request NLG Legal Observers for your demonstration, please fill out this form.
The Ohio Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild asks that all requests for Legal Observers are submitted AT LEAST one full week in advance. We will try to fill all requests for Legal Observers; however, we cannot guarantee the availability of Legal Observers.
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