National Lawyers Guild
university of washington
The UW chapter of the National Lawyers Guild works to address the inequalities perpetuated by the legal system, guided by the belief that human rights must be regarded as more sacred than property rights. Members volunteer as legal observers at protests and court watchers at immigration proceedings, and they also provide support for SYLAW (Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington) and the prison abolition movement. Members organize a mentoring program that matches progressive lawyers with law students and host speakers and workshops that offer critical perspectives on the law in support of community resistance. Through its activities, the Guild fosters a community of law students who are committed to using their legal education to promote justice, equity, and fairness.