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Latest News

New Oakland office!

We have a new, second office in downtown Oakland, near 19th St. BART. We are part of the newly formed Oakland Law Collaborative of five law firms providing social justice oriented legal services in multiple practice areas. Our main office is still in San Francisco in the National Lawyers Guild / San Francisco Tenants Union building on Capp Street.

Rachel Lederman second highest in Oakland Police settlements in 2013

Top 20 legal expenses for the Police Department, 2013.

Press coverage of our lawsuit for police beating of SF City College student demonstrators

SF Gate, Huffington Post

Warning to Police at Ferguson Protests

New Orleans NLG member Bill Quigley cites some of our, and other NLG and NPAP members’ protest settlements as a warning to Ferguson law enforcement

Huffington Post article

Chronicle and KTVU coverage of Hashitaka police misconduct case

More info on the Hashitaka lawsuit:

Claim filed in Native American Heritage Night Case

On September 16, 2014, we filed a claim on behalf of April Negrette and Kimball Bighorse, Native Americans who were kicked out of the SF Giants’ Native American Heritage Night for speaking out against cultural appropriation, and brutalized by SFPD.

Read the NLG Press Release and watch the video here

Some of the press coverage:

NLG Press Release

KQED News Story

SF Weekly Article

CBS Local News Story


Bay Guardian on Pippenger-Philliou claims

Bay Guardian story on Pippenger-Philliou claims

CCSF newspaper’s coverage of our press conference

Read all about it here: CCSF paper coverage of our press conference

Students File Claim in CCSF SFPD Police Beating

Rachel Lederman is representing two San Francisco City College students who were brutalized and wrongfully arrested by CCSF police and SFPD.

Join Scott Olsen and Demand Oakland Drop “Less Lethals”

Scott Olsen’s skull was shattered and part of his brain destroyed when an OPD officer shot him in the head with a Specialty Impact Munition (SIM) at a 2011 Occupy Oakland demonstration. As he lay critically injured on the pavement, an OPD officer threw a CS Blast grenade onto him – a teargas device that explodes with a flash of light and loud bang. At least a dozen other people were injured by so-called “less lethal” weapons at the Occupy demonstrations, even though OPD’s own policies and federal court orders specify that these weapons may not be fired into crowds. As a result, the City of Oakland has had to pay out more than $7 million in legal settlements to people who have suffered serious injuries from SIM or CS Blasts, including burns, hearing loss, fractures, crushed nerves and scarring. It is only a matter of time before someone is killed in Oakland, as occurred in Boston when college student Victoria Snelgrove was struck with a small plastic SIM that an officer was aiming for another person in a crowd of baseball fans. We demand that OPD be prohibited from using SIM and CS Blast grenades at demonstrations and other crowd events. These so-called “less lethal” weapons cause serious injuries to innocent people and major liability to the Oakland taxpayers. Other major Bay Area cities don’t use SIM, chemical agents or explosives on crowds, and we don’t need them here in Oakland. Please sign and share the petition:

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