We are the National Lawyers Guild

We defend the rights of people, communities, and organizations, by valuing human rights over property interests.

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is the nation’s oldest and largest progressive bar association and was the first one in the United States of America to be racially integrated. Our mission is to use law for the people, uniting lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people by valuing human rights over property interests. This is achieved through the work of our members, and the Guild’s numerous organizational committees, caucuses and projects, reflecting a wide spectrum of intersectional issues. Guild members effectively network and hone their legal skills in order to help create change at the local, regional, national, and international levels.

The NLG is dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. Our aim is to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, LGBTQ people, farmers, people with disabilities and people of color, upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends; who seek actively to eliminate racism; who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them; and who look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than as a tool for their repression.

Our Volunteer Teams

Learn about the volunteer teams that make up the Seattle NLG. If you'd like to volunteer, let us know if any of these teams seem like a good fit for you and our recruitment liaison will reach out to you with more information.

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Communications Group

We create graphics for internal updates & outreach, manage social media content on Twitter and Facebook, and maintain the website.

Community Outreach

We reach out to new communities and activist groups to inform them of who we are the ways we can support them.

Legal Observer In-reach

We strategically plan ways for legal observers to show up in helpful (not harmful) ways and implement safer legal observing methods.

Legal Research Group

We conduct legal research when novel legal questions arise, write briefs on new legal issues, and FOIA requests

Legislative/Policy Group

We monitor new bills and legislation of interest or concern and reach out to our local representatives to collaborate on bills, legislative issues, etc.

Mental Health Group

We helps support legal observers and other members experiencing trauma.

Monitoring Group

We keep a pulse on current events and communicate with organizations that may need support.

Technology Group

We work on implementing better and more secure communication systems.

Officers of the Seattle Chapter

Ravisha Kuma


Abbey McMahon

Vice President

Janet Thoman


Will Gelvick


Ariana Headrick

Student Vice-President

Neil Fox

At-Large Board Member

Stephanie Grenald

At-Large Board Member

Darius Fullmer

At-Large Board Member

Christina Schnalzer

At-Large Board Member