Policy Initiatives

In addition to providing direct services to Alameda County residents and clinical legal education to students at Berkeley Law and beyond, EBCLC advances justice through systems-change work. We establish our policy priorities based on the issues that arise in our service provision, and we build solutions in collaboration with the community members we serve. 

EBCLC is proud to work in close partnership with activists, community organizations, government agencies, philanthropic leaders, and the world-class social scientists and researchers at UC Berkeley to advance racial equity through policy changes. We also engage our emerging advocates—law and social work students—in doing this critical work, as a means of training them to be effective system-changers.

Learn more about our current projects here:

Decriminalizing Poverty and Addressing the Racial Wealth Gap

Targeting the Legacy of Redlining and Divestment from Communities of Color

Expanding Economic Opportunities for All Californians

Protecting the Rights of Young Students of Color

Centering Health, Dignity, and Wellness

EBCLC’s Systems-Change Work In The News…

CalMatters: The affordable housing crisis is about to get worse; here’s a policy that will help renters. Editorial by Community Economic Justice advocates Seema Rupani and Hewot Shankute.

Berkeley Law News: Change-Making at the Capitol: Governor Signs Seven Bills Driven by Berkeley Law Clinics and Centers

EBCLC Prevents Pandemic Foreclosures with AB 2463

Governor Signs Historic Bill Repealing Unjust Criminal Fees in California Providing Much Needed Relief to Californians


To contact us about our policy work or to request a letter of support from EBCLC, email Rosalyn Sternberg, rsternberg@ebclc.org.

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