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Job Announcement: Office Manager

Thursday, February 20, 2020 |

Founded in 1988 by Berkeley Law students, the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is the largest non-profit provider of free legal services in Alameda County, serving more than 5,000 clients each year delivering client-centered, community-driven, and culturally-responsive services and engaging in legislative and policy advocacy.

We use legal and administrative strategies to mitigate the impact of inequitable and unjust systems on low-income individuals, families, and communities while advocating for systemic change at the local and state level. EBCLC’s ability to address a wide range of substantive legal issues, including housing, health, immigration, consumer and court debt, community economic development, juvenile defense, school expulsion, and community reentry, enables us to build a more healthy, secure, productive, and hopeful community.

In addition to our legal advocacy work, EBCLC functions as a law school teaching hospital, serving as the community clinic for Berkeley Law and preparing over 150 law students every year to become skilled and principled advocates committed to finding innovative solutions to the causes and conditions of poverty.

Over our 30+ year history, we have grown to a staff of more than 70, organized in eight legal clinics within five broad program areas, with an $8 million annual budget, two office locations, and a deeply supportive and engaged Board of Directors.

WHAT WILL YOU DO?

EBCLC seeks an Office Manager to support the core Office and Administrative functions.

The Office Manager is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day reception, technology, and facility needs of EBCLC’s University office in Berkeley. The position requires someone committed to creating a professional environment that provides respectful and compassionate services to clients contacting the office by phone or in person, who can build a collaborative team to support clients, staff, and law students, and apply good judgment and strong administrative and organizational skills to the needs of the office.

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Homeless Californians Win New Protections in Caltrans Settlement

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 |

“For years we heard complaints of people who told us they had to stand by helplessly while Caltrans crews threw belongings they treasured into trash compacting garbage trucks,” said Osha Neumann, supervising attorney at the East Bay Community Law Center. “Sometimes people with disabilities were given only a few minutes to move everything they wanted to save. We hope, with this settlement, those days are over.”

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What Would ‘Housing as a Human Right’ Look Like in California?

Thursday, February 13, 2020 |

Most advocates for tenants rights and homeless people believe housing is essential, much like food or water. “It has to begin with the recognition of what it takes to be a human being,” said Osha Neumann, an attorney with the East Bay Community Law Center and longtime defender of people experiencing homelessness.

“If someone has a right to life, someone has a right to what is required to live that life,” Neumann said. “And housing, shelter is certainly one of those things.”

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On Movement Lawyering: Student Kate Mather reflects on her work to decriminalize homelessness

Thursday, February 6, 2020 |

Kate Mather is a student at EBCLC’s Clean Slate Clinic. She works closely with Osha Neumann to fight for the decriminalization of homelessness. Read Kate’s reflection on her time at EBCLC. A half-hour after I first walked into the East Bay Community Law Center, my supervisor, Osha Neumann, suddenly interrupted our meeting. “Oh,” he said, […]

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Job Announcement: Deputy Director

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 |

Founded in 1988 by Berkeley Law students, the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is the largest non-profit provider of free legal services in Alameda County, serving more than 5,000 clients each year delivering client-centered, community-driven, and culturally-responsive services and engaging in legislative and policy advocacy.

We use legal and administrative strategies to mitigate the impact of inequitable and unjust systems on low-income individuals, families, and communities while advocating for systemic change at the local and state level. EBCLC’s ability to address a wide range of substantive legal issues, including housing, health, immigration, consumer and court debt, community economic development, juvenile defense, school expulsion, and community reentry, enables us to build a more healthy, secure, productive, and hopeful community.

As the Bay Area struggles with an escalating housing and homelessness crisis, EBCLC has deepened our commitment to true security, equity, and belonging; through schools that allow children to feel safe and thrive, meaningful work opportunities, and relief from displacement, deportation, and debt. EBCLC strives to create a workplace that values dignity and equity for our staff, students and community partners.

In addition to our legal advocacy work, EBCLC functions as a law school teaching hospital, serving as the community clinic for Berkeley Law and preparing over 150 law students every year to become skilled and principled advocates committed to finding innovative solutions to the causes and conditions of poverty.

Over our 30+ year history, we have grown to a staff of more than 70, organized in eight legal clinics within five broad program areas, with an $8 million annual budget, two office locations, and a deeply supportive and engaged Board of Directors.

WHAT WILL YOU DO?

As a member of EBCLC’s senior leadership team, the Deputy Director plays a key role in day-to-day operations and strategic planning for EBCLC’s future development. The Deputy Director ensures that there are clear cooperation and coordination between EBCLC’s programmatic and operational activities.

A key responsibility of the Deputy Director will serve as an advisor for the Executive Director, ensuring that decision-making is appropriately decentralized and that senior leaders have the requisite authority within their roles to make necessary decisions.

This position requires a person who invests in relationship building, has strong management and organization skills, who is an excellent communicator, has significant experience working in legal or social services, experience or interest in clinical teaching, and is passionate about building a more just and equitable world.

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Job Announcement: Program Coordinator for Criminal Justice System-Impacted Immigrants

Friday, January 31, 2020 |

Founded in 1988 by Berkeley Law students, the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is the largest non-profit provider of free legal services in Alameda County, serving more than 5,000 clients each year delivering client-centered, community-driven, and culturally-responsive services and engaging in legislative and policy advocacy.

We use legal and administrative strategies to mitigate the impact of inequitable and unjust systems on low-income individuals, families, and communities while advocating for systemic change at the local and state level. EBCLC’s ability to address a wide range of substantive legal issues, including housing, health, immigration, consumer and court debt, community economic development, juvenile defense, school expulsion, and community reentry, enables us to build a more healthy, secure, productive, and hopeful community.

In addition to our legal advocacy work, EBCLC functions as a law school teaching hospital, serving as the community clinic for Berkeley Law and preparing over 150 law students every year to become skilled and principled advocates committed to finding innovative solutions to the causes and conditions of poverty.

Over our 30+ year history, we have grown to a staff of more than 70, organized in eight legal clinics within five broad program areas, with an $8 million annual budget, two office locations, and a deeply supportive and engaged Board of Directors.

WHAT WILL YOU DO?

The Clean Slate “Crim-Imm” Program Coordinator/Paralegal provides services to clients who are facing immigration consequences due to criminal justice involvement, assisting with client intake and screening for immigration remedies, supporting the preparation of court filings for criminal record remedies, and helping to coordinate client services provided by attorneys in the Clean Slate and Immigration practices. The position requires someone who truly enjoys working with a diverse range of people in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment, and who brings strong communication and organizational skills to support the activities and staff of the Clean Slate and Immigration units who are serving criminal justice-involved immigrant clients. The position helps bridge services provided by the Clean Slate and Immigration practices.

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