About the East Bay Community Law Center Clean Slate Practice
The Clean Slate Practice of the East Bay Community Law Center uses strategic legal and policy tools to reduce pathways to the criminal justice system and remove barriers to employment and civic participation for people with conviction records. Clean Slate attorneys and advocates provide assistance to clients in the following areas:
- Post-Conviction Remedies (including early termination of probation, PC 1203.4 dismissals, Felony reductions including Prop 47 and Prop 64 Petitions)
- Sealing of Arrest Record—Factual Innocence
- Vacating Convictions for Survivors of Human Trafficking and Immigrants
- Employment Denials Due to Criminal Background
- Occupational Licensing Denials Due to Criminal Background (ex: DSS, Security Guard, CNA, etc.)
Decriminalization of Poverty Project (DCOPP)
- Assistance for people who have been accused of offenses involving driving
- Driver’s License Suspensions
- Reduction and Discharge of Court Fines and Fees (e.g., traffic tickets, criminal court debt)
- Reduction and Discharge of predatory municipal debt (e.g., parking tickets, towing fees)
- Defense of the Civil and Human Rights of People Experiencing Homelessness
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.