Full program for 2017 Southern Regional is here!

We are excited to welcome you to this year’s NLG Southern Regional in New Orleans! This year’s program is jam-packed with great panels and presenters, covering issues like mass incarceration, criminalization of immigrants, environmental justice movements, and Louisiana’s non-unanimous jury law. The link to the complete program with speaker bios is below. We hope you can join us!

2017 NLG Southern Regional Conference Program – with Bios

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2016 Southern Regional, March 18 and 19, Chapel Hill, NC

Friday, March 18, 2016

2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

CLE: Civil Rights in Southern Courts – A conversation on recent Federal and State court decisions that impact Civil Rights practice and advocacy in the South

Practitioners will review recent case law that impacts civil rights in the Southern Region. Federal law from the Supreme Court and Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eleventh Circuit Courts, as well as appellate decision from the Courts in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee will be discussed. Presenters include Ebony Howard from the Southern Poverty Law Center, Vanessa Lucas of Edelstein and Payne, and others. CLE credits pending.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Combating the New Wave of Islamophobia and Xenophobia in the South

This panel will examine the wave of Islamophobia and Xenophobia sweeping the South in the recent months as exhibited by many Governors’ attempts to ban Syrian refugees from their states or deny them services. The panel will also examine ways in which local communities have organized to counter the attacks. Lastly, the panel will examine the roots of the refugee crisis, specifically the role of the US government in creating it. Presenters include Dani Moore from the North Carolina Justice Center, Manzoor Cheema from the Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia, Zane Kuseybi of Greensboro and Azadeh Shahshahani, former NLG president and legal and advocacy director of Project South.


Public Housing for All: The Fight to End Discrimination Based on Criminal Records

This panel is presented through the lens of grassroots organizing to amend the Housing Authority of New Orleans policy regarding criminal records, and the momentum for HUD to develop a new national policy. This panel will provide an overview of HUD rules, the Rucker v. Oakland Housing Authority ruling, and Public Housing Authority discretion regarding criminal convictions of household members. It also addresses how these rules are impacted by (a) former HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan’s “myth busting” memo, (b) EEOC 2012 policy on criminal convictions and employment, (c) HUD’s 2013 policy on Disparate Impact (d) HUD’s 2015 memo eliminating arrests as grounds for eviction, and (e) the 2015 SCOTUS Inclusive Communities ruling. Presenters include Alfred Marshall,  a community organizer for Stand With Dignity at the New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice, and Bruce Reilly, deputy director of VOTE in New Orleans.

Movement Lawyering for Racial Justice and Human Rights

This training will expose participants to the movement lawyering approach through a discussion of the values and theoretical basis that underlie the work of the Community Justice Project and practical examples from the Project’s work involving tenants rights, workers rights, and racial justice campaigns. Presenters will surface common challenges facing lawyers serving grassroots organizing groups and discuss how other legal workers may integrate a movement lawyering approach into their current work. Presenters include Meena Jagannath and Alana Greer, who co-founded the Community Justice Project with Chuck Elsesser in 2015 to meet the growing need for movement-focused racial justice and human rights advocacy in South Florida.

*** More activities, including an anti-racism training, to be announced.

*** Events followed by party, including drinks and snacks, hosted by the student chapter of the National Lawyers Guild at the University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC ***


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Southern Regional Conference To Be Held In Nashville, Tennessee, May 18-19, 2013

Mark your calendars and save the date!  The annual Southern Regional Conference of the National Lawyers Guild will be held on Saturday May 18, and Sunday May 19, 2013 at the American Federation of Musicians Local 257 union hall located on “Music Row” in Nashville, conveniently located close to downtown and Vanderbilt University, with plenty of hotels, restaurants and pubs within walking distance. The conference will feature panels and speakers for which attorneys can earn Continuing Legal Education credits and will be open to Guild members and non-members as well. We are also planning a civil rights history walking tour of downtown Nashville for late Friday afternoon. Information on the conference, registration, hotels and transportation will be posted as it becomes available. We hope to see you all there!

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Help Defend Dissent: Volunteers Needed for RNC and DNC Protests

Dear Friends:

As the energy of the Occupy movement continues to be felt throughout
the United States, the upcoming Republican and Democratic National
Conventions stand to be the next focal point of outrage at politics as
usual, and the National Lawyers Guild would not miss it for the world.

The NLG plans to mobilize in support of protests in both Tampa,
Florida for the RNC to be held August 27 to 30, 2012, and in Charlotte, North Carolina for the DNC to be held September 3 to 6, 2012. We will have crews of Legal
Observers® on the ground in both places, backed by volunteer legal
teams and 24-hour hotlines.

Our presence at mass protest events like these has an immeasurable
impact towards safeguarding the rights of free speech and assembly,
but we can’t do it without the help of people like you.

The NLG is looking for volunteers to be part of our Legal Observer®
team, to provide Know Your Rights trainings, to help with emergency
response in our legal support offices, and to defend protesters facing
criminal charges. 

Visit the NLG’s event websites at tampa.nlg.org and charlotte.nlg.org
for dates, times, and locations of upcoming trainings, and to sign up
to volunteer. Don’t delay; the conventions are less than a month away.

In solidarity,

The National Lawyers Guild

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Last Minute Conference Information!


If you have not pre-registered and plan to register in person at the conference, please keep in mind that we will only be able to take cash or checks for the registration fee, not credit cards.  Registration fee information is available here:  https://nlgsouthernregion.wordpress.com/regional-conference/register/


This conference has been approved by the Florida Bar for a total of 11.5 CLE credits, including 2 ethics credits.  The CLE Course Number will be provided when you sign in at the conference.  Florida Bar members can then post their CLE credits at the conclusion of the conference on the Florida Bar website, www.floridabar.org.  Out-of-state attorneys should check with their own state bar to see if they can obtain CLE credit for the conference.


The parking lot just outside the law school is closed for construction, but all other lots that are not under construction are open to us WITHOUT PERMITS.    So even if it says “permit parking,” the restriction is lifted on the weekends.

We suggest trying to park in Lot 2-109, which is located at the corner of Campo Sano Avenue and Brunson Drive, and is the closest to the School of Law.  You can get to that lot by getting on Campo Sano, then turning into the campus on Brunson Drive, and the lot is on the right.  It’s in front of the Dooley Memorial Classroom Building and is bordered by the School of Nursing and Allen Hall.  After parking, you will walk toward the Memorial Building, pass through the Memorial Breezway, and cross the green, keeping to the right of the Ashe Building.  Continue straight, passing the Richter library on your left, and the law school will be right in front of you, on the left side.

A map showing the parking areas and university buildings is available here:     www6.miami.edu/communications/expression_images/site/maps/2011_2012_cg_campusmap.pdf

Lot 2-109 appears on the map in red.  The parking area around the law school that is closed for construction appears on the map in purple.


Dress is casual – this is, after all, a Guild conference.

Car pool information

There will be a sign up sheet at the registration table where folks can volunteer to provide car pool transportation to and from the social events, the conference or the Food Not Bombs food sharing, or to sign up that they need a ride.  A similar sign-up sheet will be available at the concierge desk at the Coral Gables Holiday Inn.

Airport transportation

Anyone still needing transportation to or from the airport should contact Linda Gallun at gallunemail@aol.com.


The forecast for Saturday and Sunday is a high of 83 degrees and a low of 73 degrees, with a chance of scattered thunderstorms.  So bring your shades and your umbrella to cover all possibilities.  You might also want to bring a jacket or sweater in case it’s cold in the room at the law school where the conference is being held (Florida buildings are notoriously cold due to the AC running nonstop).


The conference schedule is available here:  https://nlgsouthernregion.wordpress.com/regional-conference/panels/  Please note that we have moved up the time for check-in and registration at the conference on Saturday to 8:00 a.m. instead of 8:30, to allow everyone more time to get settled in.  And on Sunday, we have moved the time up to 8:30 a.m. instead of 8:45.

Conference Materials

This is largely a paperless conference.  Materials will be available online for you to download from the Southern Region website here:   https://nlgsouthernregion.wordpress.com/regional-conference/2012-conference-materials/    This material is password protected, and the password will be provided to those who have registered for the conference.   Some limited written materials will be distributed at the conference.

Internet Access

We have been told that there is wireless internet access available at the University of Miami Law School and that no password is required.


As indicated on the conference schedule, we will be providing coffee, bagels, donuts and fruit on Saturday and Sunday morning.  There will also be bottled water and seltzer available.


There is a Subway sandwich shop located right there at the law school that will be open on Saturday and Sunday and which may be your best bet to grab some lunch without having to go off campus.  On Saturday, we will be taking a lunch break from 12:30 to 2:10, during which time we will be showing a film from 1:00 to 2:10, so you may want to get your lunch at Subway or, alternatively, drive to an off-site place and bring your lunch back so that you have time to watch the movie.  On Sunday, the conference is scheduled to end around 1:00, and we will be doing a food sharing (vegetarian food) starting at around 2:15 p.m. in downtown Miami in front of the American Airlines Arena, which is located at 601 Biscayne Boulevard.  Those participating in the food sharing should meet on the corner of NE 6th St and North Miami Avenue in downtown Miami (including those who are coming by carpool from the conference).


As indicated on the conference schedule, there will be an informal dinner get-together at Marhaba restaurant on Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and on Saturday night, our party will take place at Titanic Brewery, where we will be providing appetizers and 2 drink tickets per person and where dinner will be available for purchase.

Agenda for Guild regional business meeting (Saturday 4:30-5:30 p.m.)

–        Location of next year’s regional conference – Nashville, TN; Montgomery, AL; other possibilities
–        Southern Region Steering Committee – update
–        Next elections – for Treasurer and Regional Vice President – Spring 2013
–        RNC and DNC 2012 – need for legal observers, criminal defense attorneys, office space, donations, places for people to stay during the conventions
–        Status of Occupy in the South
–        Ideas for growing membership, especially in underrepresented states like West Virginia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Kentucky
–        Allocating a portion of Southern Region funds for law school disorientation programs
–        75th Anniversary plans/National Convention in Pasadena in October
–        Fundraising
–        New business

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2012 Southern Regional Conference UPDATE!


The Conference Planning Committee has put together a fantastic lineup for this year’s Southern Regional Conference that will be held at the University of Miami.  Working in several teams, we have created new  registration options including via PayPal or with a form. CLE credits are available for both members and non-members. The conference schedule is also available for you to peruse. Housing information is also included. Please remember that the deadline to take advantage of the $89/night rooms at the Holiday Inn across the street from UM is April 18.  Don’t be late!  If you need more information on transportation, we have that, too!  If your transportation needs are not met with this information, be sure to check the registration table for carpooling options to off-site visits during the conference, such as food sharing with Food Not Bombs in downtown Miami on Sunday afternoon.

Can’t find what you need? Email us!  We will do our best to help!  SouthernRVP (at) nlg.org.

See you in Miami!

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2012 Southern Regional Conference Housing Information

The 2012 Southern Regional Conference Planning Committee is hard at work!  The Housing Committee has just released a list of accommodations for visitors to Miami.  You can find that here.  Whether you plan to stay where the NLG has arranged a group rate, need a list of union hotels, or just want to know which hotels have airport shuttles, you can check the site at your convenience or download a pdf or word document with all listings!

Stay tuned for more information on the conference as the countdown begins for the Southern Regional Conference May 19 – 20, 2012!

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Update on Southern Regional Conference plans

Our plans for the Southern Regional Conference, scheduled for Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, 2012, are starting to come together.  The conference will take place from approximately 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (or possibly going as late as 3:00 p.m.) on Sunday.  In addition, we are thinking of hosting an event on Friday afternoon, May 18 – perhaps a happy hour – followed by an informal dinner get-together Friday evening.  There will also be a party on Saturday night.  Information on area hotels and other possible housing options will be posted soon.

Regarding our panel topics, so far, we are planning a panel on “Mass Incarceration, the New Jim Crow, and the Privatization of Prisons” and a 1-hour documentary on the same topic; another panel on immigration law hot topics; and a litigation skills workshop focusing on three or so discrete areas of litigation, such as mass representation and ordinance challenges.  We will be offering CLE credits and also hope to include an ethics component for those seeking ethics credits.  Other possible speakers/participants at the conference include representatives from the Coalition for Immokalee Workers, Food Not Bombs, and the Council on American Islamic Relations (“CAIR”).  Although we’re getting close to finalizing our panels and speakers, if there are topics that you would like to see included, please email your suggestions to southernrvp@nlg.org.  Can’t wait to see you all in Miami!   

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Southern Regional Conference To Be Held In Coral Gables, FL, May 19-20, 2012

Mark your calendars and save the date!  The annual Southern Regional Conference of the National Lawyers Guild will be held on Saturday May 19, and Sunday May 20, 2012 at the University of Miami Law School in Coral Gables, Florida.  The Law School’s Immigration Law Clinic will be hosting the conference, which will feature panels and speakers for which attorneys can earn Continuing Legal Education credits.  The conference will be open to Guild members and non-members as well  Details to follow soon.

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NLG Urges the City of Orlando to Repeal Ordinance Restricting Food Sharing

The National Lawyers Guild today issued the following press release:

National Lawyers Guild Urges the City of Orlando to Repeal Ordinance
Restricting Food Sharing,
Calls Mayor’s Labeling of Food Not Bombs Members as “Terrorists” Improper

For Immediate Release: July 1, 2011
Contact: Heidi Boghosian, NLG Executive Director, director@nlg.org

New York. The National Lawyers Guild calls on the City of Orlando, Florida to repeal its 2006 ordinance limiting groups feeding more than 25 people in parks to two permitted events a year. The Guild also urges Fort Lauderdale and other Florida municipalities to refrain from adopting similar ordinances.

The volunteer-run organization, Food Not Bombs (FNB) serves free meals to the homeless across the country and has been providing free food in Orlando’s public parks for years. In June, more than 20 members were arrested for serving meals to the needy in that city. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer called FNB members “food terrorists,” accusing them of having “different purposes” than helping the homeless.

“By applying the label ‘terrorist’ to people trying to feed the hungry, Mayor Dyer distorts what Food Not Bombs is doing in an attempt to demonize its members. Invoking the term ‘terrorist’ affords the government wide latitude to spy on activists, to improperly subpoena them, and to threaten increased penalties for their humanitarian endeavors. Such mislabeling imperils all of our First Amendment rights,” says NLG Executive Director Heidi Boghosian.

Food Not Bombs, founded 30 years ago, has long been targeted by the government. In February 2011, police in Fort Lauderdale twice raided a home shared by local FNB activists. The Guild has successfully defended other FNB chapters. Last year officials in Middletown, Connecticut attempted to shut down a local chapter because the group lacked a license. After FNB, represented by Guild attorneys, sued, the Connecticut Attorney General (now US Senator) Richard Blumenthal changed the state’s law to accommodate food sharing.

Founded in 1937, the National Lawyers Guild is the oldest and largest public interest/human rights bar organization in the United States. Its headquarters are in New York and it has chapters in every state.

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