The Consumer Justice & General Clinic provides brief services and representation to low-income consumers facing a wide variety of issues, including debt collection, student loans, credit reporting, predatory lending, identity theft, and consumer scams and pursues state policy initiatives that address the most significant challenges faced by low-income consumers, particularly immigrants and those with language barriers. The Consumer Justice & General Clinic runs a weekly General Legal Clinic, where low-income Alameda County residents can get limited scope assistance and advice regarding a wide variety of legal issues, including those related to homelessness, DMV problems, and small claims cases.
The Consumer Justice & General Clinic also provides representation and advocacy for people experiencing homelessness. The Homelessness work is a joint project of our Health & Welfare and Economic Security & Opportunity practice areas. For over a decade, we have represented homeless people charged with crimes for simple daily acts most people take for granted as non-criminal activities: sitting, sleeping, or covering themselves with a blanket. Our advocacy for people in infraction and misdemeanor cases related to homelessness helps prevent warrants, jail, fines, and other collateral consequences that often prevent people from getting jobs or a place to live. At the same time, we work with homeless clients as holistically as possible, addressing issues related to public benefits, housing, car and license suspension issues, and more. We also work on local, state, and federal policies impacting poor and homeless people on the street, to encourage lawmakers to invest in real solutions to homelessness—like affordable housing—instead of putting people into the criminal justice system because they do not have a place to live.
Consumer Justice & General Clinic also operates multiple clinics in Berkeley, Hayward and Oakland for low-income consumers. At our clinics, clients will meet one on one with a law student or trained volunteer, operating under the supervision of an attorney. Click here for more information!
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