Legal Observers are volunteers who work as part of a National Lawyers Guild legal defense team to protect the rights of progressive demonstrators both during and after a demonstration at which arrests might occur. They serve both as a deterrent to police misconduct and to document any misconduct or other facts that may help in the defense of arrested demonstrators. They may be needed as witnesses on behalf of demonstrators in criminal or civil trials arising out of the demonstration, which trials might occur as much as a year after the demonstration. You can be a Legal Observer at one event and an active demonstrator at another, different event; you just cannot be both at the same demonstration/protest. Anyone can serve as an LO; you do not need to be a lawyer or law student, as long as you are trained and agree to work as part of an NLG legal defense team.
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