Founded 1988 by law students from UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, EBCLC is the largest provider of free legal services in the East Bay and a nationally-recognized poverty law clinic.
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Twitter: @EbclcNews
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Primary geographic focus: Bay Area, Northern California
Organization Type: Provider
LAAC Membership Type: Members
Lists: IOLTA-Funded, IOLTA Field Programs
Tags: Law School Clinics, Poverty
Acronym or short name: EBCLC

EBCLC was founded in 1988 as the Berkeley Community Law Center.  Started by law students from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, EBCLC has grown to become the largest provider of free legal services in the East Bay, a nationally-recognized poverty law clinic, and Boalt Hall’s largest clinical offering.

With a full-time staff of 20, EBCLC serves several thousand low-income clients and community groups each year with legal matters directly affecting their income, shelter, and health care. Many other East Bay residents receive education, information, or referrals to help meet their critical needs.

EBCLC also plays a central role in preparing and inspiring the next generation of lawyers committed to social justice. Approximately 80 students enroll in EBCLC’s nationally-recognized clinical program each year, receiving high-quality training and mentoring under the supervision of staff attorneys. Dozens more students participate in one or more community outreach, education, and service programs.

East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC)



PRESS/RESEARCH FROM THIS SOURCE

News Story

Legal Clinic Combats Landlord Abuse in Oakland’s Chinatown

East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC)
September 15, 2016
EBCLC fights for tenants' rights in Oakland's Chinatown.

Press Release

Alameda County is the First in State to Repeal Juvenile Justice Fees

East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC)
July 12, 2016
Alameda County is the First in State to Repeal Juvenile Justice Fees

News Story

Stopped, Fined, Arrested: Racial Bias in Policing and Traffic Courts in California

East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC)
April 1, 2016
The East Bay Community Law Clinic releases a report highlighting disparities on the road between Black and Latino communities and wealthier neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area.




PRESS/RESEARCH MENTIONING/INVOLVING THIS SOURCE

News Story

Berkeley police tell Marina RV campers to move out … or get towed

Natalie Orenstein
Berkeleyside
April 4, 2018
Advocates from EBCLC question the city of Berkeley's choice to tow mobile homes parked at the Berkeley Marina.

News Story

Student Detained By Ice To Miss Start Of Semester, Despite Help From Lawmakers

SF Gate
January 11, 2018
EBCLC attorney, Prerna Lal, represents UC Berkeley student, Luis Mora, after being detained by ICE at a border patrol checkpoint in Southern California.

News Story

Where did unaccompanied migrants go?

Greg Moran
San Diego Union-Tribune
March 11, 2016
Thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile status are being supported by legal aid groups across the state.

Editorial

Medical-Legal Partnerships Offer Pivotal Assistance to Those in Need

Andrew Cohen
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
December 7, 2016
The MLP is unique in the way it addresses the intersection of poverty and public health.

Press Release

Civil Rights Groups Sue Caltrans to Stop Illegal Raids Against California’s Homeless

American Civil Liberties Union
December 13, 2016
Civil rights groups file lawsuit against Caltrans following a series of homeless encampment raids.

News Story

‘License Suspension Should Never be Punishment for Poverty:’ ACLU, Advocates Sue DMV

NBC Bay Area
October 26, 2016
Legal advocates, including four LAAC members, sue the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

News Story

Legal Clinic Combats Landlord Abuse in Oakland’s Chinatown

East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC)
September 15, 2016
EBCLC fights for tenants' rights in Oakland's Chinatown.

Press Release

Alameda County is the First in State to Repeal Juvenile Justice Fees

East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC)
July 12, 2016
Alameda County is the First in State to Repeal Juvenile Justice Fees

News Story

Stopped, Fined, Arrested: Racial Bias in Policing and Traffic Courts in California

East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC)
April 1, 2016
The East Bay Community Law Clinic releases a report highlighting disparities on the road between Black and Latino communities and wealthier neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area.

News Story

Legal Coalition Demands Traffic Court Policy Changes

Sydney Johnson
East Bay Express (Oakland)
March 24, 2016

News Story

Oakland Man Facing Deportation for Nonviolent Drug Crime

Momo Chang
East Bay Express (Oakland)
August 12, 2015
Chea Bou, an Oakland resident who fled from Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s, is being held in detention and faces deportation due to nonviolent, drug-related crimes.

News Story

California Traffic Tickets Amnesty Program Leaves Many Behind

Sam Levin
East Bay Express (Oakland)
November 11, 2015
In the Bay Area, implementation of California's new traffic amnesty program runs afoul of its anti-poverty goals.

Feature

The High Cost of Driving While Poor

Sam Levin
East Bay Express (Oakland)
May 6, 2015
Since 2007, there have been 4 million cases of driver's licenses suspended for people's failure to appear in court or pay their fines.

Opinion

License suspensions create hardship for poor

Tammerlin Drummond
San Jose Mercury News
October 12, 2015
Traffic fines, debt, license suspensions, and economic outcomes for low-income Californians.

News Story

Chief Justice seeks emergency traffic court reform, Jerry Brown pushes amnesty program

Sam Levin
East Bay Express (Oakland)
May 26, 2015
California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye pushed for "emergency action" for traffic court fines, and Jerry Brown included an "amnesty program" in his budget proposal.

News Story

Berkeley council brushes aside protests in endorsing new rules of sidewalk behavior

Tom Lochner
Contra Costa Times
March 18, 2015
Berkeley City Council adopted a number of rules for commercial and public areas that advocates say criminalize homeless people.

News Story

Alameda County races the clock to help ex-cons benefit from Prop. 47

Sara Hossaini
KQED Radio (NPR) (Northern California)
May 27, 2015
Advocates in Alameda County are struggling to reach the 5,000 Prop 47-eligible probationers, many of whom have unstable housing and work.




TRAININGS FROM THIS SOURCE

New Pathways for Advocates to Challenge Parking Tickets and Car Tows on Behalf of Indigent Clients

Nov 16, 2018
Join the attorneys and law students from the East Bay Community Law Center, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Back on the Road coalition as they walk through the new laws, their implementation in various cities, and some problems you might encounter and how to deal with them.
MCLE: 1 hour
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Advising People with Criminal Records on Overcoming Barriers To Occupational Licensing

Jun 18, 2019
This webinar is for attorneys who are working with people who have pending criminal charges who are prospectively seeking occupational licenses and/or are criminal system impacted who are applying for occupational licenses. In CA, an estimated 7,955,500 people, or approximately 1 in 3 adults have arrest or convictions records. Access to stable employment is a significant factor to reducing recidivism. However, nearly 30 percent of CA jobs require licensure, certification, or clearance by an oversight board or agency for approximately 1,773 different occupations. People with criminal records face barriers to licensure, certification, or clearance. This webinar aims to address concerns around occupational licensing from representing people in criminal court pre-plea, using criminal record remedies, to representation at the hearing for an occupational license.

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Re-entry Round up New Laws in 2018

Mar 21, 2018
Practitioners and policy advocates will be discussing changes in the law affecting low income and justice involved individuals.

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Conquering Court Debt: Arguing “Ability to Pay” in Traffic Court

Oct 16, 2017
This training will provide a framework for understanding the often dramatically harmful impact of traffic court fines and fees, and frequently accompanying driver's license suspension, on low income infraction defendants.
MCLE: 1 hour
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LAAC: California Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program

Sep 22, 2015
This webinar will discuss California's Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program, including advocacy efforts directed at facilitating its implementation.
MCLE: 1 hour
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Implementation of Prop 47

Nov 19, 2014
Discussion for reentry legal service providers: an info-sharing session with time for Q & A, and planning for next steps.
MCLE: 1 hour
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Using the California Public Records Act for Advocacy

Jun 12, 2014
Provides information on how individuals can use the California Public Records Act for legislative or litigation purposes.
MCLE: 1 hour


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