Welcome to the Fall edition of the East Bay Community Law Center's (EBCLC) Newsletter. I am honored to share this exclusive content with you! 

Last month, we launched EBCLC's annual Alumni Survey to help us learn more about how we can expand alumni engagement and make our communications more relevant to you. Your participation in this quick survey will help us continue to advance in these areas.

In this newsletter, you will find a spotlight on fellow EBCLC Alum and new Board Member Luke Apfeld — I encourage you to read about his continued commitment to racial justice and EBCLC's mission. I also invite you to read Educational Defense and Justice for Youth (EDJY) Program Co-Director Cancion SotoRosen's update to catch up on the recent accomplishments of the EDJY team. Read on to hear from current students, and view our upcoming events and job opportunities.

As always, I hope this newsletter gives you a stronger sense of connection with EBCLC staff, students, and alums. Thank you for being part of our beloved community!
In Community, 

Tiffany R. Thomas
EBCLC Board of Directors 
Program Spotlight
Education Defense and Justice for Youth

"EBCLC's Education, Defense, and Justice for Youth (EDJY) Program supports young people and their caregivers harmed by the juvenile legal system, school pushout, and education neglect. Our clients are overwhelmingly students of color who have disabilities and unmet learning needs. Over the past year, we have been adding to our team – three new attorneys joined in 2022, which has increased our ability to represent young people in times of crisis. Our law and social work students continue to be critical to EDJY's mission: dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline in Alameda County. Students form critical, trusting relationships with clients and their families while advocating for clients in the courtroom, in expulsion hearings, and in school meetings to address clients' complex disability- related learning needs.

In 2022, we are excited to continue and, in some cases, reinvigorate our connections to local policy reform efforts informed by our client services. We continue to be part of the Alameda County Free Our Kids Coalition, which pushes for bold action to abolish the carceral system for youth and reimagine the juvenile legal system. We also collaborated with other advocates to recently pass state law AB 2658, which will reform the use of electronic (GPS) monitoring of youth in juvenile court and identify the harms of electronic monitoring and its disparate impact on youth of color. Furthermore, we are active participants in the statewide Fix School Discipline coalition, which continues to push for legislation that would eliminate the presence of law enforcement of all kinds on school campuses. We continue to appreciate the support from our alums serving on our Expulsion Defense Alumni Panel and urge you to reach out if you can support our students facing life-changing school discipline."

Cancion SotoRosen, Co-Director, Education Defense and Justice for Youth Program/Director, Youth Defender Clinic
Your participation in this quick survey will help us continue to advance our Alumni programs and communication.
Events & Opportunities
EBCLC Events

Check out some of our upcoming events, or take time to revisit past webinars!

  • Join EBCLC for our upcoming Name & Gender Change Workshops! Our next workshops are October 26th and November 16th from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. To learn more or sign up, please contact us by phone at 510-560-4213 or ngcw@berkeley.edu.

  • Visit EBCLC's Official YouTube channel to view previously recorded virtual events, webinars, and more educational content.

Have you considered working at EBCLC? We strongly encourage alumni to apply!

  • Program Director - Community Economic Justice

  • Staff Attorney - Clean Slate/Homelessness

  • Staff Attorney - Community Economic Justice

  • Staff Attorney - Housing

Visit EBCLC.org for more information.
Alumni Spotlight

"EBCLC’s hopeful mission and commitment to racial and social justice is one I have always shared. My time as an EDJY student was invaluable, and I am honored to further my commitment to progressive and equitable change as a newly appointed member of EBCLC’s Board of Directors. Since graduating from Berkeley Law in 2018, I have applied that same mindset to my professional career by protecting my clients’ civil rights, leading the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and The Black Caucus at Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP, and speaking on EBCLC’s panel about embedding D.E.I practices at legal institutions. I am excited to bring my experience, unique perspective, and energy to my new role on the Board, particularly as EBCLC continues to grow and evolve in a world that is doing the same."

— Luke Apfeld, Berkeley School of Law, Class of 2018
Your participation in this quick survey will help us continue to advance our Alumni programs and communication.
Student Spotlight

"During my time in Clean Slate, I have been able to help clients with the fines and fees that continue to plague individuals in poverty. One of the most impactful moments I had was when I helped a single mother get an application for Homeless and Caring Court. We talked a lot during the day and at the end, she said it felt like we had known each other for years based on how comfortable she was with me. It was great to know she trusted me with her story to advocate on her behalf."

— Kevin Steward, Clean Slate, Fall 2022

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