About the Legal Observer Program

The primary role of the NLG Legal Observer program is to be the eyes and ears of the legal team. At the request of social justice and activist groups, Legal Observers attend public demonstrations trained to observe and record events to ensure that the civil rights of protesters are not violated by law enforcement. This program is part of a comprehensive system of legal support designed to enable people to express their political views as fully as possible without unconstitutional interference by the police. Legal Observers are typically, but not exclusively, law students, legal workers and lawyers.


Legal Observer Committee

The main purpose of the Legal Observer (LO) Committee is to consider and recommend actions and propose policies related to the LO Program, subject to final approval by the Chapter's Board of Directors.

Any NLG Detroit and Michigan NLG Chapter member may join the LO Committee.

Committee Chair: Shannon McEvilly

Committee Secretary: Teri Whitehead

Contact the Legal Observer Coordinator

Our Chapter's Legal Observer Coordinator, Rakia (she/they), can be reached at 313-348-7107 or locoordinator@michigannlg.org

Rakia receives requests for Legal Observers HERE.