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 an internal
Equity and Inclusion Roadmap that outlines the organization’s equity
priorities. EBCLC is also an organized workplace, having reached its first collective bargaining agreement this summer.
With about 80 staff, 150 law students
a year, and a nearly
$10 million annual budget, EBCLC is
the largest provider
of free legal services in Alameda County,
collaborative, and holistic legal services to over 5,000 clients annually and
engaging in legislative and policy
advocacy at the state and local level.
Attorney/Clinical Supervisor for the Homelessness sub-unit of the Clean Slate
Practice provides representation
and advocacy on behalf of unhoused residents of the East Bay Area and trains
and supervises law student interns.
The position requires a strong community-centered legal advocate with excellent case management and
organizational skills, experience designing and implementing new legal advocacy
practices, interest in criminal law and traffic
court, a commitment to mentoring and training the next
generation of legal advocates, and a passion for working with low-income people
impacted by the criminalization of poverty and contact with the criminal
justice system. The Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor will join our seven-member Clean Slate Unit, which
includes a Program Director, four Staff Attorneys, one Program Coordinator, and one Legal Fellow.
Provide legal advocacy services for clients
experiencing homelessness on a variety of issues, including discrimination, denial of social services, and
evictions from shelters, transitional housing and encampments.
Engage in policy work at the municipal level in
the East Bay Area to protect the rights of the
homeless and against policies that target them. This may include, but is
not limited to: the establishment of
sanctioned encampments on unused city property; the creation of an oversight board to hear complaints of homeless
clients about providers of transitional shelters and housing; the ability of RV dwellers to have safe parking
options; and the allocation of city resources
to provide sanitation, garbage pickup, porta potties, and services to people
currently living in encampments.
Provide legal representation for homeless people
living in their vehicles who have received administrative citations and parking tickets
as a result of inhabiting their vehicles, and assistance for those who have their vehicles/homes towed.
Provide legal representation for people who receive citations for municipal ordinances.
Partner with nonprofit organizations and
grassroots community groups to bring important
services to encampments that have previously lacked access.
Monitor Caltrans activities in the aftermath of
the recent settlement in Sanchez v.
Caltrans, a class action lawsuit
brought by EBCLC and other legal organizations, including assisting homeless individuals who may still be impacted by
Caltrans activities and holding Caltrans accountable to the terms of their settlement.
Research litigation strategies for defending the
right to shelter and develop connections with
law firms to potentially co-counsel on cases that would benefit
• J.D. degree
required, member of the
California State Bar in good standing
to manage a demanding case load; excellent time management, priority-setting
and organizational skills
• Excellent written
and oral advocacy
to work effectively with a diverse range of groups, including people of color,
homeless people, immigrants,
non-English speakers, people with mental disabilities, people experiencing domestic violence, law students, service
providers, government employees, community partners, elected officials,
and law school faculty
interpersonal skills, flexibility, and demonstrated ability to work well
independently and as part of a team
Interest in law student supervision and clinical teaching
At least 2 years of legal experience, preferably in traffic
court and/or criminal
Civil litigation experience
Knowledge of disability law
Experience providing legal
services to low-income people
Bilingual skills in Spanish, Cantonese
Ability and willingness to do outreach to people
experiencing homelessness where they are living
(with the understanding that no one would be required to compromise their
safety and health)
Salary and Benefits
Starting salary for this exempt position
is $68,000 – $90,000 based on law school graduation date, as dictated by the EBCLC salary scale.
Benefits include fully paid health
insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents, life and disability insurance,
and generous paid leave (vacation, sick, and holidays); EBCLC also offers flexible spending accounts for
qualified health, dependent care, and commute expenditures; and retirement options.
Due to COVID-19, all EBCLC
employees are currently working remotely. Please note, however, that the Clean Slate Staff Attorney/Clinical
Supervisor may need to attend in-person court proceedings when required by the court and/or engage in
in-person field work to support our clients. Any necessary use of the office must be pre-approved. The
expectation is that the Staff Attorney will work in our office in Berkeley,
California when it is safe to
do. EBCLC will provide the necessary equipment to fulfill the job
responsibilities of working from home.
Working at EBCLC
EBCLC is strongly committed to
advancing justice through education and advocacy, and the need to transform legal services and legal
education. Please take time to review EBCLC’s mission, vision, programs, and website, and ensure that
your cover letter reflects how your background, experience, and expertise have prepared you to be successful in performing the responsibilities of the
Additionally, EBCLC is committed
to building a culturally diverse workplace centered on equity and providing an inclusive, welcoming, and
culturally responsive environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors,
To achieve this goal, EBCLC works
actively to improve our office climate, systems and structures, communications, and community engagement
to create an inclusive and respectful workplace where differences are acknowledged and valued. In your cover letter, please address how
your personal background and
experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural responsiveness and diversity amongst our staff.
We strongly encourage individuals
from traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. EBCLC does not discriminate on the basis of
race, color, religious creed, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin,
ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior contact with the criminal legal system, or any other basis prohibited by law.
Interested applicants should submit
an application by
visiting https://eastbaycommunitylawcenter.easyapply.co/. EBCLC will review applications on a
rolling basis. A complete application must include a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and names/contact
information for two professional references. Please submit your complete
application as one single pdf file by uploading it under “Upload Your Resume.”
*If you need technical assistance to submit your application, please message us on this platform.
East Bay Community Law Center is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled