Mission: Ebclc's mission is to promote justice and build a more healthy, secure, productive, and hopeful community by providing: (1) legal services and policy advocacy that responds to the needs of low-income communities, and (2) law training that prepares future attorneys to be skilled and principled advocates committed to finding innovative solutions to the causes and conditions of poverty.
Programs: The east bay community law center provided 5,227 low-income residents with 7,371 legal and advocacy services addressing problems related to housing, health, immigration, public benefits, criminal records, education rights, juvenile defense, consumer debt, homelessness, and other general legal issues.
the east bay community law center provided clinical training to 128 law students from berkeley law during the school year, and from law schools around the united states, including berkeley, during the summer. Law student interns work directly with clients to provide legal services under the supervision of attorneys in all of ebclc's practice areas.
the east bay community law center acted as fiscal agent for the california endowment-funded project to develop information and capacity in four california counties to reinvest county funds from incarceration to community-based health & prevention programs.
The folks at EBCLC are incredible. It's a team full of highly skilled, highly accomplished, and highly dedicated professionals. Many of the lawyers on staff could be out working in private practice making millions a year, but are committed to the cause of serving the underprivileged in the Bay Area. I've had the pleasure to know most of the staff by way of my position with UC Berkeley (our law school operates a student clinic in connection with EBCLC) and I'm always impressed with the work ethic and seriousness with which they approach their jobs. It's worth noting that they are accomplishing a HUGE amount of positive good for their community on a very small budget. The average salary is under $75,000, which for a lawyer in the Bay Area is laughably low. And there is a palpable sense that all money should be going to directly serve their clients. There are no fancy catered lunches, no frivolous spending on creature comforts, this place means business.