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

“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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Freedom to Lead- Revisiting Juneteenth 2020: A Year Later

Monday, June 14, 2021 |

Join us on Thursday, June 17th, from 2PM-3:15PM PT (5PM-6:15PM ET) for “Freedom to Lead – Revisiting Juneteenth 2020: A Year Later,” a virtual event hosted by East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), National Employment Law Project (NELP), and National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). On the anniversary of Juneteenth, our dynamic panel will explore […]

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EBCLC Honors Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the East Bay Community Law Center is celebrating our Asian American and Pacific Islander clients, staff, and supporters. This month, we asked our fellow EBCLC community members to share how they are honoring their unique AA/PI heritage. We hope you continue on to learn more:  […]

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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

Individual Giving Manager

Thursday, June 17, 2021 |

The Individual Giving Manager will work in close collaboration with the rest of the Development, Communications, and Data and Evaluation team, as well as the Executive Director, in implementing multi-prong strategies for sustaining and expanding EBCLC’s individual giving program. The position reports to the Director of Development and Communications (DDC).

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Staff Attorney – Immigration Practice

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 |

The Immigration Staff Attorney represents immigrants with a wide variety of immigration matters. The position requires an excellent advocate with strong writing, interpersonal, and organizational skills who works well in a fast-paced collaborative environment, has experience providing immigration services to low-income people, has a strong interest in clinical teaching, and is committed to furthering the mission for racial justice.

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Human Resources Manager

Thursday, May 13, 2021 |

The Human Resources Manager has primary responsibility for the day-to-day management of the human resources operations of the organization, with a focus on improving practices to strengthen EBCLC’s organizational culture.  The HR Manager works closely with the Executive Team and in coordination with the HR/Finance Coordinator. The position requires an individual with HR Generalist experience, strong relationship-building skills, an ability to manage details while understanding the big picture, the ability to work independently as well as part of a team, and a commitment to EBCLC’s mission of racial justice and equity. The position reports to the Director of Finance and Administration.


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