We are in desperate need of lawyers to help in the legal planning and the day of the event. As law students Jacob, Zach and I can get in SERIOUS trouble (like not being able to ever practice law big) if we give out legal advice without a license. Ideally, we would want lawyers at the event to help spot issues and help find solutions (ie someone to tell people what they're doing is REALLY illegal and that they should do X instead) Also, if people were to get arrested, it would be nice to have a lawyer there that could represent them.
But, MOST IMPORTANTLY, it's important to have an attorney there because if people are doing video surveillance (on the occupation's side) the attorney can claim it as "work product" and thus can't be subpoenaed by the other side. Therefore, if WE have footage of our protesters doing something less than legal, we won't have to turn the "evidence" over to the prosecutor.
Also, it would be good to have an attorney that the legal observers could turn their "incident reports" over to. The legal observers job is to just record everything they see if the police are violating the rights of someone. They are NOT lawyers. So, if the LO were to hand over the incident report to the protestor after their arrest but before they had an attorney, it would not be covered under attorney-client privilege. But, if the protestor had an attorney before receiving the documentation, it should be considered under attorney-client privilege.
Or so says my friend's sister who runs the NLG chapter in Pittsburgh. I AM NOT A LAWYER. THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE. THESE ARE JUST THINGS TO CONSIDER AS TO WHY WE NEED LEGAL ADVICE. (That's my disclaimer.)