About Us

The NLG is dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. We seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests. Our aim is to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, LGBTQ people, farmers, people with disabilities and people of color, upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends; who seek actively to eliminate racism; who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them; and who look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression. (Excerpted from www.nlg.org)

While LA NLG coordinates and works closely with non-profit legal service providers and individual attorneys who assist with movement support and direct representation, the NLG is not a legal services provider nor a law firm. The NLG is a membership organization of social justice, public interest, community-based, and movement law attorneys.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Board of Directors

President, Alison McCrary, Esq., attyalisonmccrary@ gmail.com

Sister Alison McCrary, SFCC is a Catholic Sister, a social justice attorney, Director of the New Orleans Community-Police Mediation Program, and a Spiritual Advisor on Louisiana’s death row.  Prior to her current work, she completed a Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship where she organized and advocated to gain protections for the people and places of New Orleans’ indigenous cultural traditions including the Black Indians of New Orleans, Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs, brass bands, and street musicians.  She also challenged and changed policing practices and policies that threatened the use of public spaces for cultural expression.  Prior to law school, Alison worked at the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana providing litigation support on death penalty cases and at the United Nations in New York monitoring the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions on women, peace, and security.

Vice President, Mandisa Moore-O’Neal, Esq.

S. Mandisa Moore-O’Neal is a black radical feminist and supporter to grassroots black women- centered organizing. In 2012, Mandisa received her JD from Louisiana State University Law Center. In 2007, she was awarded a 2-year New Voices Gulf Coast Fellowship and in 2006 completed her undergraduate degree in History and Sociology at Loyola University New Orleans. Currently, a civil rights attorney with a focus on employment and public accommodations discrimination and labor law litigation and advocacy, Mandisa’s primary organizing support work is as a Black Youth Project-New Orleans’ chapter member and as Vice-President of the Louisiana Chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild.    Mandisa has researched, published and presented on reproductive justice and the law, punitive social policies, and state violence. Her current research project is “A Black Feminist Approach to HIV De- Criminalization.”

Treasurer (Interim), Tarana Jane

Bio forthcoming

 

Secretary, May Nguyen, Esq., nguyen.may@gmail.com

May NguyenMay Nguyen is the Community Outreach Director at Tulane Environmental Law Clinic and an attorney part time at Garcia Law Firm.  At TELC, she develops and disseminates public education on environmental law and policy, assists with advocacy campaigns led by TELC clients, handles intake requests, and writes grant proposals and reports.  In 2013, Nguyen received the Rishwain Social Justice Entrepreneur Award for designing and implementing a novel “impact claims” campaign strategy to successfully demand recognition and calculate damages for lost subsistence use due to the BP oil drilling disaster.  After Hurricane Katrina, Nguyen created culturally competent small business assistance programs and organized partnerships among diverse stakeholders to attract over $4 million in grants and low-interest loans to rebuild neighborhood businesses in New Orleans east.  her work was detailed in “Coming Home to New Orleans,” published in 2013 by Oxford University Press.  Nguyen is fluent in Vietnamese and endeavors to maintain her Spanish proficiency.
JD, UCLA Law School
MA, Johns Hopkins University
BA, Amherst College