Mass Defense

By admin, April 17, 2011 7:17 pm

HOW TO JOIN OCCUPY WALL ST DEFENSE

Lawyers, Legal Workers, Law Graduates and Law Students are currently involved in the following activities in support of Occupy Wall Street

- Tabling on behalf of the NLG NYC
- Representing protesters arrested in OWS protests
- Responding to legal issues as they arise at Liberty Park
- Legal observing at OWS protests
- Operating a hotline for arrests
- Providing “know your rights” trainings

See below for ways to get involved:

MASS DEFENSE

We are currently assisting with the representation of almost 2000 people and need lawyers and legal workers to join our mass defense effort. Please click here for more information.

LEGAL RESEARCH AND OTHER CASE SUPPORT

We maintain a listserv of lawyers, law graduates and law students who are available for research requests and other case assistance. If you would like to join this list, visit this page to subscribe.

TABLING FOR THE GUILD

The NLG table has relocated to 60 Wall Street, and we’d love more volunteers to join our tabling efforts. OWS needs and appreciates NLG support — let’s be there for them to help them thrive and grow through the winter months.

We try to staff the table with two volunteers from 5 pm-7 pm everyday of the week, who answer general legal questions, distribute “Know Your Rights” booklets and a “Frequently Asked Question” (FAQs) document and collect arrest information in anticipation of the need for legal representation in criminal cases. An on-line calendar is available for volunteers to sign up for coverage. If interested, please contact Deborah Hrbck at dhrbekAThrbeklaw.com, and we’ll send you the instructions for signing up for a shift!

OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

To volunteer to staff our hotline or join in other aspects of this effort, please email nlgnyc at igc.org or call the office at 212-679-6018.

REQUESTING LEGAL OBSERVERS

To request Legal Observers at your New York Event, please complete the request form or call the NYC Guild Office at 212-679-6018.

Be sure to have the following information available when you call.

Your Name or the contact person’s name
Your Organization
Telephone (if available)
Date of Event
Location of Event
Expected Participants
Have you applied for permits?

The New York City National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Committee does its best to cover every event that requests Legal Observers. Please bear in mind as you place your request, however, that Legal Observers are volunteer attorneys, law students and legal workers who may not be available during your proposed time. If possible, we ask that requests be placed as early as possible, although we understand that it is sometimes impossible to plan some events too far ahead.

HOW TO REQUEST LEGAL ADVICE
If you would like to speak to a lawyer regarding obtaining a permit or other demonstration matters, please call the office at 212-679-6018. NO EMAILS PLEASE. The Mass Defense Committee will do its best to give legal information, however, not every request may be able to be filled.

HOW TO BECOME A LEGAL OBSERVER

Trainings
Please contact nlgnyc at igc.org to schedule a training for your law shool or organization.

The National Lawyers Guild Legal Observers are contacted via email regarding upcoming events. To sign up for this listserv, please email nlgnyc at igc.org or call the office at 212-679-6018. Have the following information available when calling or emailing:

Application to Legal Observe:
-Full Name
-Date of Training
-Status (Attorney, Law Student, Legal Worker, Videographer)
-Preferred Areas (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Times Square, etc)
-Preferred Times (Weekends, Weekdays, Eves, etc)
-Telephone (work, cell, home)
-Email Address

The NYC MDC Listserv is a closed and moderated list. All postings are restricted to Legal Observing events and information pertaining to the purpose of Legal Observers. All memberships and postings are subject to MDC approval.

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