1950 September 16

HUAC Labels National Lawyers Guild “Legal Bulwark of the Communist Party”

 

The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) today issued a 50-page report labeling the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) the “legal bulwark of the Communist Party” and “an agent of a foreign principal hostile to the interests of the United States.” The report recommended that the Justice Department list the Guild on its List of Subversive Organizations, and also recommended that the American Bar Association (ABA) consider whether Guild members should be denied admission to bar.

The National Laywers Guild was a liberal-left professional association of lawyers founded on February 20, 1937 as an alternative to the conservative ABA. While it defended left-wing individuals and organizations, it also worked to defend civil rights, workers, and labor unions.

Visit the National Lawyers Guild web site: www.nlg.org

Learn more: Ann Fagan Ginger and Eugene Tobin, eds., The National Lawyers Guild: From Roosevelt Through Reagan (1988)

The Guild’s History: http://www.nlg.org/about/history/

Follow a timeline of the Lawyers Guild’s history: http://www.nlg.org/about/history/anniversary

Read about the history of HUAC: Walter Goodman, The Committee: The Extraordinary Career of the House Committee on Un-American Activities (1968)

Learn more about HUAC: http://www.history.com/topics/cold-war/huac

 

Find a Day

Go
Abortion Rights ACLU african-americans Alice Paul anti-communism Anti-Communist Hysteria Birth Control Brown v. Board of Education Censorship CIA Civil Rights Civil Rights Act of 1964 Cold War Espionage Act FBI First Amendment Fourteenth Amendment freedom of speech Free Speech Gay Rights Hate Speech homosexuality Hoover, J. Edgar HUAC Japanese American Internment King, Dr. Martin Luther Ku Klux Klan Labor Unions Lesbian and Gay Rights Loyalty Oaths McCarthy, Sen. Joe New York Times Obscenity Police Misconduct Same-Sex Marriage Separation of Church and State Sex Discrimination Smith Act Spying Spying on Americans Vietnam War Voting Rights Voting Rights Act of 1965 War on Terror Watergate White House Women's Rights Women's Suffrage World War I World War II Relocation Camps

Topics

Tell Us What You Think

We want to hear your comments, criticisms and suggestions!