Kara Acevedo has worked at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), a community-based legal services clinic affiliated with UC Berkeley School of Law, since she graduated in 2014. She first served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, where she ran the Immigrant Consumer Justice Project, with the goal of increasing access to EBCLC’s consumer practice for immigrant. During this time, she established a legal services clinic for Spanish-speaking consumers housed at Centro Legal de la Raza, and another for Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Korean speaking consumers housed at the Asian Resource Center.
Since 2016, Kara has worked as a staff attorney and clinical supervisor in the Consumer Justice Clinic, which supports and empowers clients in challenging financial institutions and protect the money in their pockets, no matter how little, through a range of high-volume direct services, litigation, policy advocacy, and community education. Issues addressed by students at CJC include debt collection, credit reporting and access to credit, student loans, car fraud, predatory lending, and consumer scams, particularly those aimed at seniors and immigrant communities. Kara also staffs the General Clinic, which provides legal information, education, and advocacy on a wide range of civil legal issues to individuals who cannot find legal assistance elsewhere. Kara is one of the supervisors of the Consumer Rights Workshop SLPS.
During law school, Kara interned was a clinical student in EBCLC’s Green Collar Communities Clinic and interned in Centro Legal de la Raza’s Immigration Practice for several semesters, working on a variety of family-based, U visa, and VAWA cases. Kara was a John B. Hall Public Interest Scholar and a Sonoma County Women in Law Scholar.
Kara previously worked at a national education reform nonprofit. She volunteered with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights’ Soul of the City campaign and was an active member of the Suitcase Clinic for four years, serving a term as Administrative Coordinator.
J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law (2014)
B.A., University of California, Berkeley (2007)