“Dueñas has changed the landscape in a number of ways,” said Brandon Greene, an attorney who worked with the East Bay Community Law Center on the case. “I think California is on track to recognize that the way that we fund certain services — whether it’s at the state or county level — is on the cusp of re-envisioning.”
EBCLC is currently seeking two Staff Attorneys/Clinical Supervisors for the program, one for reentry work associated with criminal records (“Reentry”) and one to address the impact of court-ordered fines and fees (“Decriminalization of Poverty”). Both positions will also train and supervise law student interns.
A 2016 study in California from the East Bay Community Law Center found that license suspensions for failing to pay fines or appear in court are “directly correlated with poverty indicators and with race,” with driver’s license suspension rates ranging as high as five times the state average in communities that are primarily Black or Latino.