1. Elizabeth "Liz" Fink (1945-2015) was a "second-generation" NLG member and fierce criminal defense attorney. In this Speaking Freely video, Liz explains how she grew up in the Guild and what led her to become a radical lawyer and eventually win a $12 million settlement for the victims of the 1971 Attica prison uprising.

    Elizabeth Fink died September 22, 2015. The National Lawyers Guild will forever remember Liz with admiration and respect.

    To see more of the NLG's Speaking Freely video history series, visit nlg.org/speaking-freely.

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  2. Ann Fagan Ginger is a lawyer, scholar, author of 22 books, and one of the Guild's longest-serving members. In this interview she discusses her remarkable history as leading legal activist. Ginger persevered in the face of rampant sexism in and out of the Guild, appearing as the only female delegate at the first racially integrated meeting of lawyers in the South, arguing before the Supreme Court, and guiding the NLG through the Red Scare. Faced with hostility from the House Un-American Activities Committee, the FBI, and Attorney General Herbert Brownell, she successfully fought the listing of the NLG as a subversive organization and kept its organizational core intact.

    This video is part of the Speaking Freely NLG video history series.

    Video by Off Center Media


    Ginger went on to found the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute, a human rights center where she is currently the executive director.

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  3. Bill Goodman is a lifelong National Lawyers Guild member who has served as president of the chapter in his hometown of Detroit as well as president of the national organization. In this interview he talks about being raised the son of influential civil rights attorney Ernest Goodman, joining as the Guild's first law student member, and participating in the civil rights movement as an activist and a young lawyer. Goodman went on to organize legal support in the wake of the prison rebellion at Attica and, facing economic hardship due to his radical pedigree, helping to develop the field of section 1983 and personal injury law.

    This video is part of the Speaking Freely NLG video history series.

    Video by Off Center Media


    Goodman is a founding partner of the Detroit civil rights firm Goodman & Hurwitz, which has successfully handled a number of cases of political and legal importance in the Detroit area such as representing the Detroit City Council in its historic struggle to remove the Mayor of Detroit in 2008.

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