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


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