Assemble the lawyers: The Mass Defense Committee of the National Lawyers Guild sent out a press release this morning announcing their intentions to help Occupy groups in what co chair Mara Verheyden-Hilliard called "The single largest support effort for protesters since the end of the Vietnam War."
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The Lawyers Guild, which has defended activists as far back as the 1930s, has said it intends to coordinate hundreds of attorneys, legal workers and law students offering services ranging from legal briefing to legal strategy and tactical advice. "We don't want to defend protesters who have been falsely arrested," said Co-Chair Carol Sobel. "We want to head off the false arrests at the outset and send a message to local police agencies that suppression of free speech will not be tolerated."