Legal Apprentice Committee of the National Lawyers Guild

For: Steven DeCaprio
Oakland, CA
Organizer: Steven DeCaprio
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Recently, Steven DeCaprio, co-founder of the Association of Legal Apprentices ("ALA") was awarded the Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice to lay the groundwork for the Legal Apprentice Committee of the National Lawyers Guild (“NLG”). The Legal Apprentice Committee will assist marginalized community members find mentors that will sponsor them to become attorneys through the Law Office Study Program which allows apprentices to study law under the supervision of a lawyer instead of going to law school.

The ALA will be working with the NLG to create a Legal Apprentice Committee. However, we need your support to have sufficient resources to make this possible.

The NLG is an organization of attorneys and legal workers committed to social justice. By creating a pathway for a new generation of attorney-organizers who are unburdened by student debt we can expand the capacity and diversity of the National Lawyers Guild to become a much stronger force for lasting social change.

Currently, the high cost of tuition is a barrier to racial and economic diversity in the legal profession. Also, the high cost of tuition often forces new attorneys to seek careers outside of social movements in order to pay student debts.

The ultimate goal of the Legal Apprentice Committee is to serve as a viable alternative to accredited and unaccredited law schools for individuals interested in becoming NLG affiliated attorneys. Thus, the Legal Apprentice Committee can be a launching point for the next generation of NLG attorneys while also ensuring that the NLG increases membership and diversity moving into the future.

Steven DeCaprio has been a social justice organizer for over 20 years. He completed the Law Office Study Program and passed the California Bar Exam. However, the State Bar of California denied his application to the state bar due to his housing rights organizing. He is currently appealing that decision.

He is also the founder of Land Action which works in mutual aid with homeless organizers to access land and shelter.

The Legal Apprentice Committee will bring in numerous marginalized communities into the NLG, and create a committee that makes the NLG the alma matter of a new generation of NLG affiliated attorneys with the goal of creating an educational counter-institution for that ongoing purpose.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 21, 2017

Posted on June 21, 2017

Check out this blog post on our efforts: http://likelincoln.org/becoming-an-attorney-without-law-school-with-the-national-lawyers-guild/

Posted on May 19, 2017

Posted on May 19, 2017

Thank you very much for your support. We reached the goal to receive $1,000 in matching funds from the Sustainable Economies Law Center. The Sustainable Economies Law Center has been providing mentorship for 4 apprentices who are also co-founders of the Association of Legal Apprentices (http://likelincoln.org/). SELC is holding an end of campaign happy hour at their new office. This event is not only an awesome opportunity to support SELC but also to meet the apprentices at the heart of the work creating opportunities and support for apprentices in the Law Office Study Program. http://www.theselc.org/campaign_happy_hour

Posted on May 5, 2017

Posted on May 5, 2017

Great News! The Sustainable Economies Law Center (http://www.theselc.org/) has agreed to provide up to $1,000 of matching funding to ensure the success of the Legal Apprentice Committee of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. We have also received support from NLG members in Los Angeles because a successful project in the Bay Area can be used as a model for the rest of California!

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