In the News

Criminal Fines and Fees ‘Ad Nauseam’ Help Fund California’s Justice System. A State Supreme Court Case May Lighten the Financial Load for Poor Defendants

Monday, April 5, 2021 |

It was 2018, and one of Asher Waite-Jones’ clients was making minimum wage working part-time in a warehouse when he was assessed about $2000 in fines and fees for a DUI conviction. To pay those, the client, a young man in his 20s, dropped out of school so he could pick up additional work hours. But not long afterward, he was laid off.

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Monday, March 29, 2021 | ,

“It is EBCLC’s privilege and responsibility to center the dignity and power of Women of Color,” says EBCLC Executive Director, Zoë Polk. “Our vision, our leadership, our staff, and, now, our home represent this investment. I am particularly humbled to present this gift to the South Berkeley community. They have inspired our pursuit of justice and peace. Through this mural, I hope they recognize that their lives and their stories are bound up in EBCLC’s vision.”  

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Our Stories

“I Didn’t Think I Was a Priority”: EBCLC Releases Findings on Vaccinations Among Women of Color Clients

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 |

The East Bay Community Law Center welcomes the news that vaccines are now available to all Californians 16 years and over. We are committed to ensuring that 100% of our clients have meaningful access to COVID19 vaccines and are able to make an informed choice about their healthcare. As indicated in our 2021 inauguration statement, EBCLC aims to uplift whole communities by centering women of color. Not only have we borne the brunt of the COVID19 crisis, but we have also been the lifeline of families, neighborhoods, and the entire country during this pandemic.   

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East Bay Community Law Center Endorses Student Demand for a Mandatory 1L Critical Race Theory Course at Berkeley Law

Thursday, April 8, 2021 |

Dear Berkeley Law Curriculum Committee:

Thank you for the invitation to provide comments on how Berkeley Law’s curriculum might “better explore the ways in which law and the legal profession shape and are shaped by race, racism, and other hierarchies of power.”(1) The East Bay Community Law Center supports the students’ call to Berkeley Law to institute a 1L critical race theory course requirement.

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EBCLC Reflects on Community Advocacy during COVID-19

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 |

  Cristiana Baik, Director of Development & Communications  “While onboarding and working remotely has brought on its own set of challenges, I don’t feel distant or removed from our work. If anything, I feel the sheer urgency and importance of the services we provide. For example, seeing the inequitable access to COVID-19 vaccines (with Black and Brown […]

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Policy Work


Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | ,

On Monday, September 28, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB 2463 (Wicks), effectively stopping the unjust practice of forcing the sale of family homes over small, unsecured debts. East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) celebrates the passage of this long-overdue legislation, which will prevent a statewide foreclosure crisis by expanding consumer protections for all Californians.

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Working at EBCLC

Institutional Giving Manager

Monday, March 22, 2021 |

The Opportunity With the support of the Director of Development and Communications, the Institutional Giving Manager will cultivate and sustain strategic partnerships with foundations, corporations, and other institutional donors on behalf of EBCLC. This position sits within a seven-member Development and Communications Team. It requires an individual who is passionate about using his/her/their fundraising skills […]

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Job Announcement: Director of Development & Communications 

Friday, August 28, 2020 |

Who We Are:  The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is one of the Bay Area’s largest and most effective systems disrupters. We are committed to providing impactful, holistic legal services, policy work, and litigation strategies across five program areas: Housing, Economic Security & Opportunity, Immigration, Health & Welfare, and Education Defense & Justice for […]

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Job Announcement: Education Advocacy Clinic – Staff Attorney & Clinical Supervisor

Friday, July 31, 2020 |

East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is a non-profit legal services organization, the community-based clinical program for U.C. Berkeley Law School and one of the Bay Area’s largest and most effective systems disrupters.  With a dual service and teaching mission, EBCLC is a racial justice organization committed to building a culturally diverse workplace, centered on […]

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