Upcoming Events

Start the Year Off Right: Digital Security Webinar w/ Live Q&A

January 20, 2022
3:00 pm PT — 5:00 pm PT


"New year, new you!" applies to state surveillance, too. Start the year off right and join us to learn more about how you can keep yourself and your friends safe by using digital security best practices. We will have live Q&A after the replay of the webinar with CLDC's Digital Security expert, Cora Borradaile.

Past Events

2021 Wrap-Up: Conversations with CLDC Clients & Friends

December 9, 2021
3:00 pm PT — 5:00 pm PT


As we wrap up another momentous year of movement-centered legal support, we invite you to join CLDC staff and clients to learn more about what we have accomplished together in 2021. During the webinar you will hear report-backs from Water Protectors and other climate defenders, anti-racist activists, and more! We will also share a sneak preview of some of our 2022 plans as we continue to encourage movement cross-pollination and push for law enforcement accountability.

Representing Radicals Panel Discussion

December 2, 2021
7:00 ET — 8:30 ET


Join us for a discussion about political criminal defense work with the
Tilted Scales Legal Collective, Lauren Regan (Civil Liberties Defense
Center) and Joshua Raisler Cohn (Committee for Public Counsel Services
and NLG-Massachusetts). Register at bit.ly/NLGRepsRadicals

Resisting Online Censorship of Activists (co-hosted with Palestine Legal)

November 11, 2021
3:00 PT — 5:00 PT


Join a panel co-hosted by CLDC and Palestine Legal to discuss censorship of activists online and in the classroom, as well as alternative technology options that could help ensure access to the digital commons.

Legal Observer Training with CLDC & NLG Cascadia

November 3, 2021
4:30 PST — 6:00 PT


Have you see the folks in the neon green hats keeping an eye out for police brutality at protests? You can become one of them! Join CLDC & NLG's Cascadia Chapter Wednesday, November 3rd 4:30-6pm PT for a free training! To participate, please submit your completed application by Monday, 11/1, at 9am.

Keep Your Cell Phone Safe & Keep Our Movements Safe

July 15, 2021
3:00 p.m. PT — 5:00 p.m. PT

Webinar--information provided upon registration

Increasingly, cops are seizing phones at protests and using their private contents to build cases for criminal charges against activists and their networks.

From tips on using a real passcode and encrypted messaging programs, to removing spyware and doing remote wipes, this webinar will cover what you NEED to know to better protect yourself and your comrades from invasive police surveillance.

EL EVENTO HA SIDO REPROGRAMADO/ EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED Conozca Sus Derechos: Para Inmigrantes/ Know Your Rights For Immigrants

June 17, 2021
3:00 p.m. PT — 5:00 p.m. PT

Webinar--information provided upon registration


Independientemente de su condición migratoria, todas las personas tienen derechos garantizados según la ley de EE. UU.

Únete con CLDC para el lanzamiento en vivo de un entrenamiento de dos partes sobre cuáles son esos derechos, cómo hacer valer ellos, y cómo mitigar los riesgos. Presentación en español, con una sesión de preguntas y respuestas en vivo con un abogado de CLDC y un traductor a seguir.


Regardless of immigration status, all people have guaranteed rights under U.S. law.

Join CLDC for the live launch of a two-part training on what those rights are, how to assert them, and how to mitigate risks. Presentation will be in Spanish, with a live Q&A with a CLDC attorney and translator to follow.

Representing Radicals—with the Tilted Scales Collective & Lauren Regan

May 23, 2021
2:00 p.m. PT — 3:30 p.m. PT

Webinar--information provided upon registration

Register HERE on Eventbrite

Are you or your comrades facing criminal charges related to your political actions or associations? Are you having trouble communicating with your lawyer about your political principles, legal goals, or personal priorities? Or, are you an attorney representing activists and unsure of how to work with them? Join us for a presentation from the Tilted Scales Collective on key points from their new book, Representing Radicals, with additional insight from Lauren Regan, executive director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC).

Impact Litigation: What It Is and Why It Matters

May 20, 2021
3:00 p.m. PT — 5:00 p.m. PT

Webinar--information provided upon registration

Impact Litigation ( ˈim-ˌpakt ˌli-tə-ˈgā-shən): (verb) legal strategy and efforts based in effecting systemic and long lasting change beyond the particular case involved.

Impact litigation is a critical tool in the movement's toolkit. Join impact litigators involved in prisoner rights, state overreach, police misconduct, & wildlands defense from CLDC and across the country for a thoughtful discussion on impact litigation's history & the successes it has brought.

Standing Rock Update

May 6, 2021
3:00 p.m. PT — 5:00 p.m. PT

Webinar--information provided upon registration

In 2016, Water Protector resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) magnified the connection between Indigenous sovereignty and climate protection.

Join CLDC attorneys, legal partners, and activists for an update on civil litigation, the continuing push to shut down the pipeline, and revelations about police collusion with the fossil fuel industry.

Our panelists include Natali Segovia, staff attorney for Water Protector Legal Collective; and Will Parrish and Alleen Brown from The Intercept.

COVID-19 Litigation

April 15, 2021
3:00 p.m. PT — 5:00 p.m. PT

Webinar--information provided upon registration

The COVID-19 pandemic has elevated the public health crisis of mass incarceration to an even higher level.

During this webinar we will hear from attorneys who have filed successful lawsuits requiring cities and states to free prisoners from detention in order to mitigate the spread of the pandemic. We will talk about tactics that have been successful, ongoing legal battles, and obstacles they have encountered.

Activist Solidarity Tactics

April 1, 2021
3:00 p.m. PT — 5:00 p.m. PT

Webinar--information provided upon registration

With Indigenous resistance to the Line 3 pipeline that threatens Anishnaabe land (known as Minnesota) heating up, and the movement for Black Lives likely to ramp back up in the wake of continued police brutality, organizers on the ground should be prepared for potential arrests. Solidarity tactics keep individuals from being singled out, & can result in better jail & court outcomes while building movements' power.

Join CLDC lawyers and activists with firsthand experience to learn about how to plan ahead.

Security Culture, Grand Jury Resistance, & Ensuring Activist Network Safety

March 18, 2021
3:00 p.m. PT — 5:00 p.m. PT

Webinar--information provided upon registration

Join CLDC staff and fellow movement lawyer Moira Meltzer-Cohen to learn more about how you can improve your digital & physical security practices to minimize the risk of corporate & government snooping, misinformation, & other interference. 

We'll also discuss grand jury resistance — what that looks like & how activists can best support grand jury resistors & protect their community networks in the process. Meltzer-Cohen is currently one of the attorneys representing water protector Steve Martinez, and she has previously defended a number of grand jury resisters, including Chelsea Manning.


March 5, 2021
5:00 p.m. PT — 6:00 p.m. PT

Webinar--information provided upon registration

Kick back, relax, & join Lauren Regan, CLDC Executive Director, for some fun & festivities on Mozilla Hubs! Special musical performance by Casey Neill.

March 5 from 5-6 pm PT (after CLDC's presentation).

All webinar and PIELC attendees will receive a link in advance.

SLAPPs, RICO, & More: How Corporations Use U.S. Courts to Intimidate Opponents and Evade Justice

March 5, 2021
3:00 p.m. PT — 5:00 p.m. PT

Webinar--information provided upon registration

In collaboration with the University of Oregon's Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, CLDC's Lauren Regan and other environmental lawyers who have firsthand experience with the SLAPP threat — both in the U.S. and abroad — will discuss how extractive industries and their corporate lawyers are manipulating U.S. courts to target climate activists, immobilize public interest attorneys, and avoid accountability.

Lauren will also talk about how environmental lawyers can support those targeted by SLAPPs as cooperating attorneys, and about how to armor yourself against a frivolous SLAPP attack.

New State Bills Threaten Our Right to Dissent

February 18, 2021
3:00 p.m. PT — 5:00 p.m. PT

Webinar--information provided upon registration

The failed coup of January 6 is being used to justify more than 60 anti-protest bills that are rapidly advancing through state legislatures.

Join CLDC staff, Meera Shah, Senior Staff Attorney at Palestine Legal, and Quentin Anthony Anderson, Communications Director at Defending Rights & Dissent, to learn more about these authoritarian efforts to chill dissent and what can be done to resist them.

Who's Watching the Cops?

February 4, 2021
3:00 p.m. PT — 5:00 p.m. PT

Webinar--information provided upon registration

For several decades now, community activists and movement lawyers alike have actively opposed police brutality. They organized "cop watch" and legal observer initiatives across the U.S. and have made a real difference to folks on the ground.

Join CLDC and experienced panelists to learn more about how these projects document and push back against law enforcement abuses.

A Dissenter's Take: The New Administration's Appointees, Priorities, & Our Movements

January 21, 2021
3:00 p.m. PT — 5:00 p.m. PT

Webinar--information provided upon registration

Join CLDC lawyers and guests for a discussion about what Biden's top cabinet & staff picks could mean for the environment, human rights, & those who fight to protect them.

Panelists include; Defending Rights and Dissent Executive Director, Sue Udry; and Breach Collective Climate Attorney, Nick Caleb.