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Law Students of the Year: Ahmed Lavalais, UC Berkeley School of Law

Friday, March 10, 2017 |

Third-year UC Berkeley School of Law’s Ahmed Lavalais is a remarkable law student who came to law school specifically to do public interest work, and he’s been a tenacious advocate for juvenile defendants and the poor.

For the past two years, Lavalais has been a key player in the law school’s Policy Advocacy Clinic (PAC), leading student teams working to end regressive and discriminatory fees in the juvenile justice system. In one of PAC’s most gratifying success stories, Lavalais and his fellow students persuaded California’s Alameda County to repeal its juvenile justice fees — the first in the state to do so. The New York Times editorial board referenced the clinic study and cited Alameda County in its call for an end to such fees nationwide.

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East Bay Immigrant Tenants Feel Threatened by Landlords

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 |

One East Bay agency said they have seen an increase in the number of calls from immigrant tenants whose landlords have threatened to report them to immigration authorities after they made complaints about their living conditions.

At the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley, staff attorney Ubaldo Fernandez said the agency has seen an uptick.

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Interview: A look at tenant’s rights

Monday, March 6, 2017 |

With the recent rain we have had multiple reports of flooding, trees down and damage to homes.

We checked in with Meghan Gordon, housing attorney for the East Bay Community Law Center who says tenants have been dealing with mold as well as leaking from roofs and windows.

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EBCLC’s Immigrant Stories: Call to Action

Thursday, February 9, 2017 |

The recent immigration ban is not, and never was, about only immigration.  It’s about consolidating power, silencing dissent, and denying equitable access to resources.

At EBCLC, we want to take a moment to recognize our collective story, and the paths that led us here.

We started a social media campaign to share our own immigrant stories, knowing that this is about more than immigration.

We do this to celebrate our inclusive society, and we invite you to join us.

Join the narrative by sharing your own #immigrantstory

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Viewpoint: Judicial Council’s Wrong-Headed Approach to Driver’s License Suspensions

Friday, January 13, 2017 |

The governor’s proposed budget states in part: “there does not appear to be a strong connection between suspending someone’s driver’s license and collecting their fine or penalty. Often, the primary consequence of a driver’s license suspension is the inability to legally drive to work or take one’s children to school. Therefore, the budget proposes to eliminate the statutory provisions related to suspending driver’s licenses for failure to pay fines and penalties.”

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