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EBCLC’s Statement on the U.S. Presidential Inauguration

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 |

The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) celebrates today’s inauguration, and perhaps more importantly the end of the previous administration. We must also acknowledge that calls for unity and healing are both superficial and deadly for our communities and the clients we represent. In the wake of the violent, attempted coup at the Capitol, and in the wreckage of all we have endured and lost during the last four years, we must all center anti-racism in our practice. We must hold each other accountable and recognize that whitelash is deeply entrenched in our country’s history. Our commitment to a world in which race does not matter requires daily work.

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1,315 Unhoused Community Members Have Officially Submitted 1,529 Claims for Compensation of Illegal Sweeps

Friday, December 18, 2020 |

EBCLC, led by Clean Slate Supervising Attorney Osha Neumann, Staff Attorney Candy Smallwood, and partners at Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of San Francisco (LCCR), Homeless Action Center, and over 200 volunteers, worked tirelessly to submit 1,529 claims for 1,315  claimants in the large class action before the December 14 filing deadline. 

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12/10 Debt Free Justice California Webinar: Ensuring Relief Under a New Criminal Administrative Fee Repeal

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 |

In September, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1869, which repeals 23 criminal fees and eliminates all outstanding debt related to those fees. The law goes into effect July 1, 2021, but actions can be taken immediately to help people who have been charged these fees.

This free MCLE training will give an overview of the relief provided under this new law, and include presentations from a public defender about how to navigate new and existing fees ordered by the court and a legal service provider about what to do about outstanding fees between now and July 1, 2021.

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Meet EBCLC’s New Leadership

Thursday, October 29, 2020 |

From Board members who bring extensive lived and professional expertise to support staff who are helping us all stay connected during our switch to remote services, these new additions to our team will play a key role in our community’s recovery. I hope you will join me in welcoming these new justice champions. Each one of them helps us meet this critical moment.

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