Community Legal Outreach (CLO)
For more than ten years, the East Bay Community Law Center’s Community Legal Outreach (CLO) Program has engaged first-year students to assist low-income communities in Oakland. Under the supervision of EBCLC staff attorneys, upper class student coordinators recruit and train first year students to conduct outreach visits at the local welfare office and provide legal information and referrals to low-income clients. Each year, CLO students assist more than 1,000 low-income people in need of social and legal services. These connections often result in housing, income, healthcare, and other basic necessities for clients who would otherwise go without. CLO operates through the following sub groups:
COMMUNITY LEGAL OUTREACH - HOUSING AND TENANTS' RIGHTS WORKSHOP
The Tenants' Rights Workshop helps protect the legal rights and remedies of tenants in Oakland and Berkeley. Each week, students meet with tenants regarding their housing-related issues, including habitability, foreclosure, subsidized housing, and evictions. Students work one-on-one with staff attorneys from the East Bay Community Law Center to provide tenants with advice and brief legal services such as demand letters. In doing so, students learn the interaction and application of federal, State, and local housing laws to low-income tenants. Students also have the opportunity to make an immediate and direct impact in their local community. The workshop meets each Tuesday throughout the semester. Each Workshop includes one hour of training and two hours of clinic.
COMMUNITY LEGAL OUTREACH - PUBLIC BENEFITS AND JUSTICE (PBJ)
Through CLO’s Public Benefits and Justice project (PBJ), Berkeley Law students assist Alameda County residents with issues related to CalWORKS, General Assistance, and other public benefits (i.e. “welfare”). Twice a month, students "meet clients where they are" by conducting outreach at local welfare offices where they provide referrals and benefit assistance. Students also conduct twice monthly workshops at EBCLC's Neighborhood Justice Center, where clients come to receive assistance and general counseling on benefit applications, appeals requests, and related issues. EBCLC staff attorneys supervise students.