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UC HASTINGS ALUMNI! Contact Hastings, the Law School that Ate the Tenderloin, to oppose the garage! by Andrew Taylor UC Hastings plans to build an 885 space-parking garage on the lot it owns at the corner of Golden Gate and Larkin. A wide range of community groups, such as the St. Anthony Foundation, Sierra Club and the Tenderloin Housing Clinic want Hastings to include housing and reduce the number of parking spaces because homes for people, not cars, would better serve the community and Hastings. Hastings is exempted from local zoning ordinances as a state agency. Although Hastings began developing the proposal two to three years ago and has an agreement with the State to provide 300 parking spaces for employees at the State Office Building located across the street from the site, Hastings first announced its intent to build the parking garage last November. The administration at Hastings informed the student body by burying the news within a three-page memo distributed during the winter break, although every chance it gets Hastings claims to build the garage for the students. The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) released by Hastings to comply with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act inadequately considers alternatives and uses unreasonable assumptions to conclude that the garage will cause no significant impacts, freeing it from a legal obligation to mitigate those impacts. As both project sponsor and lead agency, Hastings has the legal authority to identify and evaluate the environmental impacts of the proposed garage, and then certify those results without ever submitting them to another agency for approval. The DEIR does not consider mixed use alternatives, like eliminating parking spaces to make room for housing units, which have been shown to work and generate more revenue than would the proposed parking garage. The only alternative the DEIR considers, other than not building the garage, is removing the elevator equipment apparatus, which reduces the height of the garage from 107 feet to 80 feet. I call this “with the party hat” or “without the party hat” because it is superficial and an alternative in name only. The DEIR also laughably asserts that only people already driving will park at the proposed garage, shifting from where they park now, and that 885 new parking spaces in downtown San Francisco will not cause a single person to start driving. If Hastings assumption were true, the parking lot that would most likely lose business would be the Civic Center underground garage, revenues from which go into the San Francisco General Fund. Hastings has not considered or is simply indifferent to the impact of the garage on the Tenderloin. Many individuals at a public comment hearing on March 6 stated that the lack of foot traffic on the streets around the garage will create an environment in which crime can flourish. Others stated that the garage and the influx of automobile traffic will increase the pedestrian death rate in the Tenderloin, the second highest in San Francisco, especially in light of the many continued on page 3

As the government continues on its mission to wage war on dissent, condone the most recent wave of racial profiling, hold prisoners incommunicado both domestically and in Guantanamo, set up military tribunals, conduct an illegal war in Afghanistan and threaten more, and nuclear, wars, the Guild is also planning for a long struggle. On the afternoon of September 11th, 20 people met in the Guild office to discuss plans for the new period; 10 activists and 10 Guild attorneys. The activists had called us immediately, said they feared a backlash on them, and asked what supportthe NLG could offer. That was the birth of the Know Your Rights brochure, which has been translated into Spanish, Farsi, Arabic and Portugese, (availavble at, with over 60,000 distributed in the Bay Area and South Bay alone. In addition, the Guild’s 24-hour hotline was established, and continues today. Two hotline calls have received national press coverage: the woman who was contacted by the FBI and threatened with a Grand Jury subpoena because of her work with Women in Black (which silently protests the treatment of Palestinians), and the man who was visted by the FBI after talking at his health club about the war, oil and bombing. A recent call was from a man who was being held in INS detention. We provided an attorney to represent him at his bond hearing. The judge granted reduced bond, the INS attorney didn't object, then an INS agent said he could not be released because he was from Pakistan. We called a reporter from the San Jose Mercury news, and an hour after he called the INS, the man was released. The Chapter has held an MCLE for criminal defense attorneys about political grand juries, and an MCLE for immigration attorneys about bond, detention and deportation issues. We were recently approached by a member of Filipinos for Affirmative Action, which is organizing with the airport security workers who will lose their jobs because of their lack of citizenship. She asked for help with the increase of wrongful discharge cases stemming from the racism that September 11th has unleashed. We are looking for labor and employment attorneys who are interested in helping. We have also established a speaker’s bureau which averages about two engagements a week, addressing the domestic consequences of September 11th. continued on page 3


20 CHALLENGE ON THE STREETS; A Community Forum to Share Perspectives on Homelessness in Japan and the U.S. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2002 Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley (2223 Fulton Street, 6th Fl.) 23 March and Rally in Defense of Airport Screeners Assemble 11a.m. at Oakland 12th St BART; March to Fed Bldg for 1pm rally in Square. Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace & Justice. Info: 24 Annual Cesar Chavez Holiday Parade and Festival. 11 am assemble Justin Herman Plaza, SF Noon parade to Civic Center for festival. Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez' brother Richard are Grand Marshals. Kicks off 40th anniversary of UFW. Call the office if you want to arrange to carry the NLG banner. to work on federal court litigation, asylum, and deportation defense. Qualifications: Experience in immigration law preferred. Spanish language required. Good computer skills. Ability to work collectively. Salary commensurate with experience. Send resumes with cover letter to: Dennis Schmoeckel, Law Office Administrator Van Der Hout & Brigagliano 180 Sutter Street, Fifth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104 Via e-mail to or facsimile to 415/981-3003. Trial Lawyers For Public Justice (TLPJ) is accepting applications for 2-year fellowship. The Baron-Brayton Fellow is for recent law school grads and will begin in Sept. 2002 in TLPJ's Oakland offices. The Fellow will help develop, coordinate the handling of, and litigate TLPJ's cases. The Fellow will help expand TLPJ's docket by networking with other public interest groups and working collaboratively with TLPJ's staff attorneys. Send resume, transcript, writing sample and two references to: Baron-Brayton Fellowship, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, One Kaiser Plaza, Ste. 275, Oakland, CA. 94612. Website:

11 Ward Churchill on COINTELPRO at New College Theater, 777 Valencia, SF, 7pm 15 NLG Civil Rights Committee meeting 6:30pm Contact Patti Roberts for location or 510/893-2860. 18 Wobblies on Trial: Roots of FBI Repression, featuring Utah Phillips, co-sponsored by the IWW, Humanist Hall, 390 27th St, at Broadway, Oakland, 7pm 20 National Marches Protesting the War Abroad & at Home In SF: 11am gather at Dolores Park; Noon march to Civic Center. Info at:

The Law Student Organizer (LSO) works under the supervision of the Executive Committee of the San Francisco/Bay Area NLG to coordinate activities and organize law students among the Bay Area NLG student chapters. Emphasis is placed on organizing at New College, USF, UC Hastings, UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall), Golden Gate University, and Stanford. In addition, the LSO works to foster chapters at JFK (Walnut Creek), UC Davis, and Santa Clara. The LSO is expected to work 5-10 hours per week at $12 per hour. Responsibilities include: Participate in executive committee conference calls that precede board meetings. Present monthly report to executive committee on NLG activities at the law schools. Act as an organizer and a liaison of law students with respect to chapter activities: for example, LSO should publicize chapter activities at the schools, bring requests for information from the school chapters to the Board, and disseminate job postings to the school chapters. Work with National student vice presidents to coordinate Bay Area student involvement in national campaigns. Coordinate law school events, such as monthly and biannual events (e.g. Alternative Law Day in the fall and the National Law Student Day of Action in the spring). Organize regular meetings with student chapter representatives and recruit and retain new and existing law student membership. Assist chapters in sponsoring at least one Guild event per semester at each school. Work in coalition with other student groups. Send resumes to: National Lawyers Guild/LSO Position 558 Capp St., San Francisco, CA 94110 contact Riva Enteen 415/285-1055 (tel) 415/285-5066 (fax)

Attorney seeking contract or fulltime employment. Work experience consists of primarily labor and employment law, but willing to work in other areas on a contract basis. Contact Scott M. De Nardo, 702 A 14th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114, 510/847-1104, Paralegal position wanted; permanent or contract work welcome. Earned paralegal certificate while a prisoner in Folsom & Corcoran State Prisons. Obtained an Order to Show Cause in pro-per habeas petition in the Northern District. Especially interested in work for a progressive criminal or civil rights office. Stanley Goff, 650/8708464 or NLG Law Student in final semester at USF seeks part-time employment approx. 10 -15 hours per week. Available long or short term through May for research or other legal support. References, writing sample, etc. upon request. Please contact Bill Metke: 415/ 642-9675 or Paralegal. Van Der Hout & Brigagliano, a nationally renowned, fullservice immigration and nationality law firm, is seeking a paralegal

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senior citizens who call the Tenderloin their home. Finally, Hastings has an obligation to replace the housing it destroyed when it demolished two residential hotels that formerly stood on the site. Hastings claimed that the 1989 earthquake damaged the buildings beyond repair but independent evaluations disputed that conclusion. Hastings now claims that providing housing to the general public does not conform with its educational mission. Conveniently for Hastings, providing parking to the general public does conform with its educational mission. Hastings will publish the final Environmental Impact Report for the garage on April 12, 2002 but does not plan to begin construction until August. Randy Shaw, Executive Director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, has stated that if Hastings continues with its plan, it will be seen as a "declaration of war" against the community. Father Kelly, of the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. has declared that people "will be standing in front of the bulldozers, should they appear." Everyone, and especially concerned Hastings alumni, should contact the UC Hastings Board of Directors to inform the Board that their current proposal is unreasonable and should be scrapped, and that a revised proposal for the site should honestly consider the impact upon the Tenderloin and San Francisco and the actual needs of the student. To contact the UC Hastings Board of Directors directly and individually, contact Susan M. Thomas, General Counsel and Secretary, Hastings College of the Law, at 415/ 565-4715 for that information. Otherwise, contact or write to the Board of Directors, c/o Susan Thomas, General Counsel and Secretary, Hastings College of the Law, 200 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. For information about the proposed parking garage, contact David Seward, Chief Financial Officer, Hastings College of the Law, 415/565-4710, email For information about alternatives to the garage, contact Central City SRO Collaborative, 415/771-9850. Andrew Taylor is a first year law student at UC Hastings College of the Law who is an active member of the UC Hastings NLG Chapter.

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With all this consistent work beginning immediately following the event, the Chapter was able to obtain funding to hire part-time staff to do Post 9-11 work. The Guild National Executive Committee (NEC) decided at our annual convention in Tuscon last October to launch a national NLG Post 9-11 Project based in NYC. The national office is moving, so at the February NEC meeting, it was decided to move the national Post 9-11 Project to San Francisco (pending our board approval, which was given) for three months until the national office is established in its new office location. Thus, we have funding for a full time staff person for three months, who will develop both local and national post 9-11 work. After the national project moves back to NY, we intend to obtain funding to continue the local organizing work. A person has been hired and will begin next week. National work will include developing Guild contacts around the country and facilitating their organizing efforts by sending out Know Your Rights brochures and CD’s, speakers bureau materials, and press releases for local media work. The chapter work will include overseeing the hotline and speakers bureau, helping with more local outreach into impacted communities, holding student visa clinics at local colleges with large a large foreign student enrollment, and working with local coalitions. The goal of both the national and local work is to help build resistance to this period of repression. If you are not yet involved in this work and would like to know how you can plug in, please call Riva at 285-1055 or e-mail her at

San Francisco Supervisor Matt Gonzalez recently established a Juvenile Justice Task Force, which will study how the City spends its money on juvenile justice, and how it can improve the allocation of City resources. He requested that Program Director Riva Enteen hold one of the three seats on this six-month task force because of her five years’ experience doing budget advocacy through the People’s Budget. Guild member Whitney Leigh was also appointed to the Task Force. The Chapter is forming a committee of people interested in working on juvenile justice issues, particularly people who have experience with the system and ideas for how services can be improved. The committee will help Riva develop the work of the Task Force. Please call Riva if you are interested:415/285-1055.

Several years ago, the Litigation Section of the State Bar started its Law Suits Program to benefit those in need with used professional clothing. The Section is now taking the program statewide. This year, in association with the Men's Wearhouse, the Litigation Section announces a statewide clothing drive to support men and women who are transitioning from assistance programs to self-sufficiency. During the month of March, simply drop off your used suits (men's or women's) at any Men's Wearhouse store. The suits will be donated to nonprofit organizations that help jobless people find work. You will receive a receipt for your donation and a 10% discount on all future Men's Wearhouse purchases through the Men's Wearhouse VIP Program. Please join me in donating suits to this worthy cause. Your participation will make a difference. Thank you for your time and consideration. Curtis D. Parvin, Esq. Chair, Litigation Section of the State Bar of California e-mail:

Since the office is growing its program and staff, it is in need of: Computer (prefer Mac will take PC if printer available) Compatable Printer 4-drawer Filing Cabinets

March with the NLG contingent at the West Coast Anti-War March on April 20 in San Francisco. Look for the NLG banner at Dolores & 18th Sts. at 11:30a.m.

On May 24, 1990, Earth First! organizers Darryl Cherney and Judi Bari were the victims of a motion triggered car bomb as they drove through Oakland on a tour to promote Redwood Summer, a nonviolent direct action campaign opposed to logging the last old growth redwoods. The FBI and Oakland Police showed up at the bomb scene within minutes and quickly arrested the pair for transporting the bomb, despite ample evidence that Judi was the intended target. The Alameda County DA eventually refused to press charges against the pair due to lack of evidence. No real investigation to find the bombers was ever done and the bombers remain at large today. Instead the FBI used the bombing as an opportunity to vilify Earth First! and expand surveillance of nonviolent environmentalists. In 1991, Judi and Darryl filed a civil rights lawsuit against the FBI and Oakland Police Department for false arrest, illegal search and seizure and conspiracy to violate their first amendment rights. The lawsuit is exposing the FBI's continued use of the notorious and now illegal “COINTELPRO” program- the FBI campaign to, in their words, “disrupt and neutralize” political dissidents. Judi died of breast cancer in 1997 but the case survives and is scheduled for trial April 8, 2002 at the Oakland Federal Courthouse. What You Can Do to Help! Come to the trial!! Beginning April 8th, 2002 and continuing for six weeks, Monday-Thursday 8:30 am-1:30 pm at the Oakland Federal Courthouse, 1301 Clay St (Clay at 13th St). Donate money to the legal fund. Make checks payable to Earth First! For more information contact: Earth First! / Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters 2530 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702 (510) 548-3113 May 24, 2002 is the 12th Anniversary of the bombing of Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney.

Join with NLG members at a night of theatre for a performance of Tony Kushner's HOMEBODY/KABUL on Wednesday, May 29th and for a reception with the director. The Chapter has arranged for tickets for this exciting new production at the Berkeley Rep Theater. We will also have our own reception with the Rep's Artistic Director, Tony Taccone. The Guild office is selling these tickets with reception as a fundraiser for $50 a seat. This is only $8 above individual ticket prices and those don't come with a reception. Please send in your check payable to the NLG, 558 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA 94110. Tickets will be held at the door. Don't delay as the supply is limited and it is a first come,first serve basis. HOMEBODY/KABUL By Tony Kushner "Ours is a time of connection; the private, and we must accept this, the private is gone. All must be touched. All touch corrupts. All must be corrupted." from The Homebody The Homebody, a bored, emotionally imprisoned but wildly intellectual English woman, finds refuge and escape in the alternate world of Afghanistan, which she romanticizes with the help of a tourist guidebook. Her mysterious disappearance in Afghanistan prompts an ensuing search by her husband and daughter who arrive in the foreign land unprepared for the adventures and contradictions that await them. In their quest for truth and closure, the lines between the real and the unreal, the political and the personal, the public and the private, the psychological and the sociological, are intentionally blurred and artfully ambiguous. As in his previous work (Angels In America, Hydriotaphia, Slavs!), Tony Kushner's ability to provoke, entertain, reinvent and reconstitute language is astonishing; with Homebody/Kabul, Kushner reaffirms his status as one of the most important and dynamic contemporary dramatists in the world.

Low income youth of color in our community experience oppressive attitudes and policies on a daily basis. Harassment by the police, prosecutors with sole discretion to charge children as adults, and drastic cutbacks in educational services are only a few examples. The Guild is enabling young people to learn about and change the legal system rather than becoming victimized by it. Through a partnership with the Center for Youth Development through Law, last summer an Oakland high school student named Adela Armas interned with Rob and Riva in the San Francisco Guild Office, and gained a tremendous sense of empowerment. Many other low income young people interned in legal aid and progressive law offices thanks to the efforts and financial contributions of Guild members. The young people participating in the program also learned about law from a progressive standpoint on the Boalt Hall campus, conducted mock trials, explored current political events, and met community activists. Julie Posadas, an executive board member, developed a segment of the curriculum that not only helped them understand how the juvenile justice system works, but tied that knowledge together with communication skills that will enable the youth to advocate for themselves and work for systemic change. Please help bring these opportunities to more youth of color this summer by contributing financially, hosting an intern in your office, or becoming a mentor. Be a catalyst for social change (and maybe get some extra help around the office as well)! Call Nancy Schiff, 510-642-4520.

by Rose Braz Our campaign to stop California from building yet another prison is reaching a turning point. Legislative aides tell us that the $12.5 billion deficit and a declining prison population give us a real chance to stop Delano II during UPCOMING BUDGET HEARINGS, BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP! After winning our historic lawsuit, generating more than 1000 comments in opposition to the new prison, and amassing a broad statewide coalition, we have a real opportunity to eliminate 2002-03 funding for the prison. We are asking organizations to SEND or SIGN ONTO a LETTER or use it as a sample to write your own. Text of the letter can be found at We need you to let Sacramento know that people across the state oppose the prison and strongly prefer that the state spend $335 million plus interest (another $300 million) and operating costs (up to $120 million per year) on programs which will benefit California. We need to get the letter to the legislators who sit on the budget committee and your local representatives by April 8. Fax letters to Critical Resistance at 510/444-2177. If you have any questions, please call or email us. In Solidarity, Rose Braz Critical Resistance 510-444-0484 Craig Gilmore CA Prison Moratorium Project 510-652-6633

Julie Drous, Liz Grossman, Freya Horne, Fran Ternus, Julie Traun, Nina Wilder and Betsy Wolkin are hosting a fundraiser to support and buoy their friend and colleague, Rebecca Young. Rebecca is a Guild member, criminal defense attorney, founding member of Women Defenders, Professor at New College of the Law, mother of two young sons, and wife and partner of Bill Harris. Bill Harris is facing murder charges and resources are going to build a successful defense. Please join these women in making personal gifts to Rebecca to help with some basics to maintain a semblance of “normal life” for the kids and family. Join them for food and wine on Thursday, March 21, 2002 68:30 pm at 1010 Grayson Street, Berkeley. (Exit I-80 East at Ashby. Make first left on Seventh St. Three blocks to Grayson, turn right.) Donations at the door. RSVP Liz Grossman 510/548-5106 or If you can’t come, send a donation to Rebecca Young at the above address, Suite One, 94710.

Congratulations to chapter members Stephanie Godt & Ellen Novogrodsky on the birth of their daughter Chava Orli Novogrodsky-Godt. 3/5/02 11:20a.m. 6lbs 3oz. THE IMPACT FUND PRESENTS “CALIFORNIA’S EQUAL JUSTICE STEALTH WEAPON: GOVERNMENT CODE 11135”
Last year the U.S. Supreme Court’s Sandoval decision dealt a devastating blow to challenges of governmental conduct that adversely impact protected classes. Meanwhile, in California, recent amendments to Government Code 11135 have created a potent, though little known, alternative. As amended, the statute creates a private right of action to enforce the statute and regulations against discrimination by the state, governmental subdivisions, and recipients of state funding. Come to this “brown bag” seminar to learn about the statue and its regulations and how we can effectively use it to challenge discriminatory conduct. Where: Hastings Civil Justice Clinic, 100 McAllister Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco When: Wednesday March 27, 12:00 – 1:00 Speaker: Brad Seligman, Executive Director of the Impact Fund (and involved in drafting recent amendments to Code 11135) Please RSVP no later than March 22 by emailing or calling 510/845-3473, ext. 301. Visit their website at to lean more of their activities.

by Ann Fagan Ginger Remember the Free Speech Movement? Your first draft client in the Vietnam War? The first wheelchair picket you represented? The first deportation case? Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute is inviting all the lawyers, activists and clients from 1965 to 2002 movements to tell their stories at its Gala for Peace on Saturday, April 6, 2002, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. This event will celebrate as the UC-Bancroft Collection puts MCLI’s unique 11,000 human rights case histories (1955-’95) online for the world. Viewers can also gain access to 400 cartons of MCLI material from NLG files and those of other human rights organizations and cases through the Bancroft. From 1 to 5 p.m., four groups of panelists will discuss social movements in the United States over the past four decades. Panelists include: Steve Bingham, Doris Walker, Gus Newport, Fran Beal. Award-winning journalist Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, Pacifica, and Congressmember Barbara Lee (D-CA) will be honored at the reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at the UC-Berkeley Alumni House, near Bancroft Way and Dana. Entertainment and dancing will follow from 8 to 10 p.m. with surprise guests. Steve Birnbaum, MCLI president, says all NLG members and friends are particularly invited to become sponsors and to send greetings to the Gala Journal. Call 510/848-0599, fax 510/8486008,

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NLG Executive Board member Dan Mahoney, who is the Executive Director of Workplace Fairness, has put our chapter on the World Wide Web. He has done a spectacular job, taking the theme from the design of our Annual Report. Please take the time to check out the website. It is a great recruitment tool; you can read a history of the Guild, as well as find out current happenings. You will find many things on the chapter website including: Membership brochure (Join the Guild) Committees and contacts Newsletters (Publications page) Our chapter's Annual Report Calendar section Testimonial Dinner information (including ad journal form) A brochure on the Racial Privacy Intiative (Program page) Information on The People's Budget (Program page) The Announcements page will include action alerts and the Classifieds - Jobs, etc.

They say that satire died when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, but if a Right-wing Norwegian MP has his way, the Nobel committee will be spitting on its grave. Harald Tom Nesvik, a member of the Norwegian Parliament from the Right-wing Party of Progress, has nominated U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. President George W. Bush for the Nobel Peace Prize for "decisive action against terrorism, something I believe in the future will be the greatest threat to peace." According to the provisions of Nobel, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize "shall have done the most for the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses." Urge the Nobel Institute to reject the nomination of Tony Blair and George W. Bush. Reckless and ever-expanding pursuit of war is not peace, and awarding the Peace Prize for massive worldwide military campaigns would be a slap in the face of peace and justice activists world wide.

We would like to link members' business websites For more info on the Bush and Blair nomination see: http:// from our Members page. Please email us the URL of,3604,645075,00.html your firm or office website for inclusion: To take action, go to:
A great big thank you to Annabelle Ison and Ison Design for the design and layout of our Annual Report mailed out in January.

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It is not too late to get an ad in the Testimonial Dinner Journal for Fran Schreiberg. Mark your calendars for the May 4th dinner!

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