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Transforming Pre-Pandemic Normal: EBCLC Supports Our Communities in the Third Year of the Pandemic

Thursday, March 17, 2022 |

As the world enters the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is deeply concerned about the push to “get back to normal.” Government safeguards have failed. Moreover, political leaders have broken promises on police reform, civil rights and public infrastructure. This is jeopardizing decades of progress on urgent issues, from ending criminal fines and fees to the school to prison pipeline.  

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Black History Month Rising

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 | ,

On the dawn of Black History Month, the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is reflecting on our legacy of providing Black-centered legal services. EBCLC has always aimed for Black liberation. This has been evident since our founding in 1988 when a group of Berkeley law students heard Ronald Reagan’s dog whistle and acted to […]

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Thank You, Osha Neumann, for 18 Years of Service to East Bay Community Law Center

Friday, January 21, 2022 | ,

With immense gratitude, the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) announces that attorney and homeless rights advocate Osha Neumann is retiring. Neumann has championed the decriminalization of poverty and led the law center’s Homelessness Practice for 18 years. Reflecting on his years of service at EBCLC, Neumann said, “I am proud of the practice that […]

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Remembering Berkeley Law Professor Lucinda Sikes

Thursday, September 30, 2021 |

(March 28, 1961 – September 19, 2021) The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) celebrates the life and legacy of Berkeley Law Professor Lucinda Sikes. For nearly two decades, Lucinda taught, trained, and mentored hundreds of law students to become strong legal writers and thinkers. Many EBCLC students (and EBCLC staff who are Berkeley Law […]

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California Department of Motor Vehicles Reports Lifting 554,997 Improperly Imposed Driver’s License Suspensions

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 | ,

SACRAMENTO, CA — In compliance with a California Court of Appeal ruling, the California Department of Motor Vehicles reported to the court that it lifted 554,997 improperly imposed driver’s license suspensions. The DMV action was the result of a statewide lawsuit, Hernandez v. CA Department of Motor Vehicles, in which several Californians challenged the DMV’s suspension of licenses based on drivers’ failure to pay traffic citations or appear in court. The plaintiffs were represented by Bay Area Legal Aid, Western Center on Law & Poverty, The ACLU of Northern California, East Bay Community Law Center, The USC Gould School of Law Access to Justice Practicum, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCRSF), and the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

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“Freedom to Lead: Revisiting Juneteenth 2020, A Year Later” Event Recording

Thursday, June 17, 2021 |

On Thursday, June 17th, 2021 Dominique Turrentine, Manager of Strategic Initiatives at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), Zoë Polk, Executive Director of the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), Rebecca Dixon, Executive Director of the National Employment Law Project (NELP), and Imani Rupert- Gordon, Executive Director National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) came together to reflect on Juneteenth and discuss how we can collectively build and transform institutions to advance Black liberation. 

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