Legal Observing Program

Request a legal observer


To request legal observers at your action or protest, please complete the above form as far in advance of the action as possible. Please be prepared to provide detailed information regarding the protest. We ONLY send out requests to our network of legal observers after a request has been properly fielded by NLG staff and sufficient information has been provided.

What is legal observing?

NLG-LA works to ensure the legal and practical access to demonstrations in Southern California by regularly providing legal observers at demonstrations to observe and document potentially unlawful or unjustified interference with demonstrators’ rights by law enforcement.

Our legal observers are all volunteers, and are comprised of attorneys, legal workers, law students, and activists. All observers must be at least 18 years old and undergo an NLG legal observer training.


Do you want to become an observer?

Sign up to get notified about upcoming trainings

If you were trained to be a legal observer outside of the LA area, or if you were trained as an observer more than ten years ago, please consider attending one of our legal observer trainings as a refresher course and to fill out all the proper paperwork.