To promote justice and build a community that is more secure, productive, healthy, and hopeful by providing:
- Legal services and policy advocacy that are responsive to the needs of low-income communities, and
- Law training that prepares future attorneys to be skilled and principled advocates who are committed to addressing the causes and conditions of racial and economic injustice and poverty.
The East Bay Community Law Center was founded in 1988 – as the Berkeley Community Law Center – by law students from UC Berkeley’s School of Law. The student founders were motivated by the intersection of significant trends in legal services and legal education.
The beginnings were modest. A bare-bones budget and donated supplies – including a single typewriter – supported a storefront office and a staff of three: Executive Director Bernida Reagan; Staff Attorney and Berkeley Law Foundation Fellow Brad Adams; and Office Manager Millie Johnson. The rest, as they say, is history.
With the hard work of staff, students, Berkeley Law faculty and board members, and the incredible support of many individuals and institutions, EBCLC has grown to become the largest provider of free legal services in the East Bay and Berkeley Law’s largest clinical offering.
East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Tax ID: 94-3042565). Access our audited financial statement here.