Since 1988, the East Bay Community Law Center has advanced justice though education and advocacy. In the nearly 25 years since EBCLC’s doors were opened by a small group of dedicated law students, lawyers, and law professors, EBCLC has served well over 65,000 clients and trained more than 1,200 law students through Berkeley Law School’s community-based clinical program.
During this quarter century, EBCLC’s programs have grown organically in response to the community’s unmet legal needs, as have the evolving learning priorities of the law school community. From the housing and welfare practice groups started in the 1980s, EBCLC has since added programs in health, immigration, reentry, consumer law, homeless rights, community economic development, policy advocacy, and, most recently, youth education and juvenile defense. EBCLC’s multidisciplinary and multi-modal approach increases our ability to holistically address the many overlapping legal needs for people living in poverty, helping to make their lives more secure, productive, healthy, and hopeful.
To mark our quarter century anniversary, EBCLC has undertaken a $1 million campaign that is deeply rooted in our approach to expanding justice through nurturing the next generation of social justice lawyers while growing innovative, responsive, and meaningful client services. We hope that you will help EBCLC meet today’s growing and changing teaching and service needs, and launch the next-generation community law center by supporting the Fund for the Future. Together we can build a model program that creatively addresses the root causes and conditions of poverty and promotes laws and policies to build communities where justice and opportunity flourish.
The Fund for the Future will broaden and deepen EBCLC’s teaching and service mission by: 1) creating an in-house postgraduate fellowship program and 2) enhancing client services through expanded mobility, technology, and accessibility.