Bruce Nestor

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Bruce Nestor

Bruce Nestor is a past president of the National Lawyers Guild[1]. He is a criminal defense and immigrant rights attorney in Minneapolis.


Nestor was a student at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and steering committee member of the Progressive Student Network.[2]

Contributors PSN News

Contributors to the May 1986 issue The Progressive Student News from Iowa City were Margo Baender, Joe Fortier, Noel Heller, Juliet Holt, Bruce Nestor, John Papantonakis, Josie Rawson, John Stonebarger.The Progressive Student News September 1989 issue contributors were Chris Babiarz, Lorelei Berndt, Tom Burke, Joe Burns, Kim DeFranco, Susan Gregson, Pat Kearns, Jennifer Leazer, Catherine Lundoff, Bruce Nestor, Caryl Sortwell, John Stonebarger, and Michael Turnure.

PSN Steering Committee

Bruce Nestor and Anne Johstone, from Iowa City New Wave Party, appeared on an April 1987 list of tentative Progressive Student Network steering committee members.

Letter with Minnich

In 1988 Bruce Nestor and Rebecca Minnich co-wrote a letter to the Guardian (November 16), on '60s revolutionary violence.

RNC Welcoming Committee

According to Mordecai Specktor 09/16/08, his so Max Specktor was arraigned at the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center on Wednesday, Sept. 3. 2008.

In the aftermath of the Republican National Convention — and the arrests of more than 800 protesters, journalists and bystanders in the Twin Cities — Max and seven others, the alleged ringleaders of the RNC Welcoming Committee, have been charged with conspiracy to commit riot in the furtherance of terrorism.

Max Specktor was being held in the Ramsey County jail. He was kept in solitary confinement for more than two days. At the arraignment, the prosecutor asked for $75,000 bail; but Larry Leventhal, his attorney, successfully argued that the amount was excessive and the judge reduced it to $10,000.

Bruce Nestor, attorney for Max Specktor's codefendant Monica Bicking and president of the Minnesota branch of the National Lawyers Guild, acted as the press conference emcee. Max and three of his codefendants — Luce Guillen-Givens, Nathanael Secor and Rob Czernik — were present, along with three lawyers, Nestor, Leventhal and Jordan Kushner.

Mordecai Specktor spoke at the press conference, as did Klea Fitzgerald, mother of Garrett Fitzgerald, one of the eight defendants; Max's other co-defendants, Erik Oseland, Eryn Trimmer, Bicking and Fitzgerald, were not in attendance.[3]


  2. [New Voices: Student Activism in the '80s and '90s By Tony Vellela]
  3. they came for the anarchists ...By Mordecai Specktor 09/16/08]