EBCLC’s Community Economic Justice Clinic (CEJ) is focused on empowering low-income communities of color to build long-term solutions to poverty through the advancement of community-owned cooperative businesses and affordable housing. CEJ provides free legal education, advice and representation to low‐income entrepreneurs, minority-owned businesses, and nonprofits (including community land trusts) through a racial justice and anti-displacement lens. CEJ attorneys and advocates can provide the following types of assistance:
- Business Development
- Entity formation
- Sale of business to employees (i.e. cooperative conversion)
- Tax exemption applications
- Compliance with nonprofit, employment, and tax laws
- Commercial lease assistance
- Affordable Housing
- Joint venture formation and advice
- Tax exemption and affordable housing tax credit applications
- Drafting and reviewing of contracts, agreements, and loan documents
- Worker Cooperative Academy – 12-week business course at Laney College in partnership with the Sustainable Economies Law Center and Project Equity.
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Am I eligible for these services?
Free legal services are provided to individuals who:
- Meet CEJ’s intake priorities. These are clients who will create jobs and ownership opportunities for low- to moderate- income workers and workers with barriers to employment).
- Are (usually) other nonprofit organizations
- Are from Berkeley, Oakland, Richmond (accept clients all over Alameda County)
* The East Bay Community Law Center provides free legal services to eligible East Bay clients. Specific service criteria vary by subject matter and change over time, so please contact the office with any specific questions.
** EBCLC cannot provide legal information or advice via email. Please contact us during regular intake hours to determine eligibility for services.
How do I receive these services?
Are you interested in our community economic development services? Email email@example.com or call (510) 548-4064.
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