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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.


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: Temporary Staff Attorney- Health & Welfare Practice

Friday, January 17, 2020 |

The Health & Welfare Practice of the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) seeks an attorney for a temporary full-time position as a Staff Attorney to provide direct legal services to low-income individuals and to assist with the training and supervision of law student interns.

The ideal candidate is a strong legal advocate with excellent case management and organizational skills, experience in public benefits advocacy, interest in training law students, a passion for working with low-income people, and is committed to furthering the mission for social justice. We strongly encourage individuals from traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.

EBCLC is a non-profit legal services organization and the community-based clinical program for Berkeley Law School. We are committed to increasing justice through education and advocacy, as well as building a culturally diverse workplace centered on equity.

With over 70 staff, 150 law students, and an $8 Million annual budget, EBCLC is the largest provider of free legal advocacy in Alameda County, providing multimodal, collaborative, and holistic legal services to over 5,000 clients yearly. EBCLC supports is ground-level legal advocacy through legislative and policy advocacy at the local and state level.

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At our best, we’re that fence.

Saturday, December 14, 2019 | ,

Long before I joined EBCLC’s Community Economic Justice Clinic as a law student advocate, my great-uncle Alexander Hoffman, who we called “Sascha”, was showing the East Bay what true community lawyering looks like.  Sascha was an activist attorney in Berkeley during the 1960s, representing the demonstrators who opposed the House Un-American Activities Committee and the […]

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