THE EAST BAY COMMUNITY LAW CENTER: AN IDEAL CHOICE FOR CY PRES As a nonprofit organization which provides civil

legal services to the indigent, the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is eligible for unpaid residuals in class action litigation through cy pres distributions. As a community-based legal clinic with 25 years of building many innovative and effective programs that promote justice through education and advocacy, EBCLC is also an ideal choice for directing cy pres awards. These awards have been an invaluable source of funding for EBCLC and have strengthened our ability to address, challenge, and overcome the root causes of injustice and discrimination. Diverse Programs and Services for Clients As the largest provider of free legal services in Alameda County, EBCLC serves thousands of clients each year on a wide range of legal issues that particularly impact people with limited resources and legal access. Through community legal education and outreach, self-help clinics, collaborative partnerships with legal and non-legal service providers, and direct representation on defense and affirmative cases, EBCLC’s legal services are both broad and deep. It is because of this breadth and depth that EBCLC’s client community is often “as near as possible” for the purposes of cy pres funds. Following are EBCLC’s multiple law clinics housed within five broad program areas: 1. Fair & Affordable Housing The Housing Clinic is a civil litigation practice that protects and promotes secure, adequate, and affordable housing for low-income tenants. 2. Health & Welfare Rights EBCLC promotes better health access and outcomes by advocating for the retention and expansion of basic safety net programs in two clinics: a. The Health Clinic assists clients with a wide range of legal issues through three projects: (1) an HIV/AIDS law project, (2) a child and family medical-legal partnership, and (3) a public middle school health collaborative. b. The Welfare Clinic works on welfare law and policy to protect basic rights and increase opportunities for education and employment in order to support and sustain selfsufficiency.

3. Economic Security & Opportunity EBCLC works to ensure economic justice for marginalized segments of the population in three clinics: a. The Consumer Law Clinic (see attached description) b. The Clean Slate Clinic provides legal services to help people with criminal records overcome barriers to employment, education, and civic participation. c. The Green-Collar Communities Clinic is a transactional clinic that inspires, informs, and incubates environmentally-sustainable and worker-owned cooperative businesses to promote economically resilient East Bay communities. 4. Immigration The Immigration Clinic provides holistic legal services to (a) vulnerable low-income immigrants, including youth, sexual minorities, and the chronically ill, (b) people living with HIV/AIDS, and (c) the family members of these clients. 5. Youth Education & Justice EBCLC’s youth justice advocates work to promote educational success and reduce overrepresentation of low-income young people of color in school discipline and juvenile delinquency proceedings by providing multidisciplinary legal services at the intersection of the juvenile justice system and the education system, through the following: a. As part of the Health Clinic, the Youth Education Advocacy Project represents public school students in special education and school discipline proceedings to support access and success. b. The Youth Defender Clinic represents young people in juvenile delinquency cases, in school discipline hearings, and on collateral legal issues. c. As part of the Clean Slate Clinic, the Starting Over Strong Project provides legal counseling, as well as court and administrative representation, to help clear pathways for young people with prior juvenile records to successfully access educational and employment opportunities. Meaningful Training for Law Students Since our founding in 1988 by students at Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall), EBCLC has trained over 1,300 law students to be thoughtful, excellent, and ethical legal advocates, all while serving clients in real need. EBCLC alums work in every sector of the legal profession and take with them skills they developed at EBCLC, and often a deep commitment to the public interest of ensuring equal access to law.

EBCLC is grateful to the following law firms and attorneys who have helped to direct cy pres distributions to EBCLC since 2002:
Alexander Community Law Center Alexander Hawes LLP Anderson, Ogilvie & Brewer LLP Audet & Partners, LLP Bingham McCutchen LLP Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik Chavez & Gertler LLP Cohelan Khoury & Singer Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C. The Furth Firm LLP Gillin, Jacobson, Ellis & Larsen Girard Gibbs LLP Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho Law Offices of Robert A. Goldstein Green Welling LLP Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro, LLP Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, P.L.L.C. Kemnitzer, Barron & Krieg Law Offices of Paul Kranz Latham & Watkins LLP Law Office of Balám O. Letona, Inc. Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C. Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP Law Office of Frank E. Mayo The Mogin Law Firm, P.C. Nixon Peabody LLP Parisi & Havens LLP Law Office of Joseph M. Patane Saveri & Saveri, Inc. The Law Offices of Sohnen & Kelly The Sturdevant Law Firm Talamantes Villegas Carrera, LLP Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason, LLP

If you are involved in a class action case and are unable to distribute all the funds, we invite you to consider EBCLC as a cy pres recipient. When a cy pres award is channeled to the EBCLC, you can rest assured the funds will be used in a manner consistent with the intent of the award. We have an excellent track record of successfully receiving and expending foundation, corporate, government, law firm, individual donor, qui tam, and cy pres funds. You can also be certain that facilitating a cy pres distribution will make a significant difference in the lives of Californians who desperately need free civil legal assistance for safety, shelter, and peace of mind. For more information, please contact Jonathon Marley, Director of Development & Planning, 510.548.4040, ext. 321 or



                                                       Protecting Low‐Income Consumers    The  Great  Recession  wreaked  chaos  in  the  financial  sector  and  sent  the  stock  market  into  a  tailspin.    Four  years  later,  Wall  Street  has  just  about  recovered.    But  ordinary  consumers,  particularly low‐income consumers, have not.      When  EBCLC  started  its  open‐door  General  Law  Clinic  four  years  ago,  our  attorneys  were  surprised to find that the most common unmet legal need among the clinic’s low‐income clients  was  responding  to  debt‐collection  lawsuits.    Partnering  with  the  Alameda  County  courts  and  the  Bar  Association’s  Volunteer  Legal  Services  Corporation,  EBCLC  has  already  assisted  more  than  2,000  consumers  who  have  been  sued  over  old  credit  card  debts  –  often  debts  that  are  not  theirs, or not in the right amount, or not within the statute of limitations.     Consumers  at  EBCLC  frequently  face  “debt  buyers”  who  have  purchased  their  accounts  for  a  few  cents  on  the  dollar  and  who  routinely  seize  wages  or  bank  accounts  if  –  as  is  the  norm  –  consumers  cannot  find  help  and  do  not  defend  the  debt  buyers’  lawsuits  against  them.   EBCLC’s  law  students  and  supervising  attorneys  work  to  protects  consumers  against  unfair  debt  collection  practices,  and  to  ensure  that  scarce  judicial  resources  are  devoted  to  legitimate  and substantiated debt collection claims.    As part of its efforts, EBCLC’s Consumer Justice Law Clinic:   Enables pro per litigants to be effective self‐advocates   Stabilizes income for low‐income families and individuals   Facilitates apartment rental by removing default judgments   Protects low‐income homeowners from creditor liens   Trains and supervises pro bono attorneys on consumer protection law and litigation   Files  affirmative  claims  against  creditors  who  have  engaged  in  illegal  debt  collection  practices   Develops  and  advocates  for  policies  to  improve  business  practices  for  debtors  and  other  consumers    Litigates  against  fly‐by‐night  operations  victimizing  non‐English  speaking  immigrant  populations   Educates  consumers  through  materials  and  outreach  about  deceptive,  unfair,  illegal,  and/or predatory consumer programs and practices   Provides  law  students  the  opportunity  to  participate  in  EBCLC’s  consumer  protection  work:  writing  motions,  propounding  and  responding  to  discovery,  and  preparing  for  and going to trial.    In  order  to  support  our  consumer  protection  work,  the  East  Bay  Community  Law  Center  relies  on  generous  contributions  from  donors,  including  cy  pres  funding.   All  donations  allow  EBCLC  to  strengthen  programs  through  increased  staff  support,  pro  bono  attorney  training,  and  expanded services to clients.   



                                                                           Client Stories    Following  is  a  sample  of  stories  from  clients  that  the  Consumer  Justice  Law  Clinic  has  assisted  during the past 15 months:     “Graciela”  paid  $1,700  to  become  “franchise  owner”  in  a  janitorial  company,  which  meant  she  paid  for  the  privilege  of  getting  work  cleaning  office  buildings.    However,  even  the  promised  work  never  materialized.    She  had  signed  a  30‐page  contract  in  English,  even  though  Graciela  only  speaks  Spanish  and  only  communicated  with  the  company  representatives  in  Spanish.   The  Consumer  Justice  Law  Clinic  got  her  money  back.      “Alma” was sued by a debt collector on a debt she never had.  It turned out she was the  victim  of  extensive  identity  theft.   The  Consumer  Justice  Law  Clinic  was  able  to  get  the  creditor  to  dismiss  the  lawsuit  against  Alma  and  to  help  Alma  clean  up  her  ruined  credit. Alma then became a volunteer at EBCLC’s immigration clinic.      “Hassan” responded to a Craig’s List add to participate in a summer technology training  program  that  would  place  him  in  a  job  and  secure  him  a  work  visa.   The  program  was  run  out  of  a  garage  with  outdated  materials.   The  company  fabricated  Hassan’s  resume  to  market  him  to  potential  employers.    When  Hassan  left  the  program  because  he  thought the company was unethical, the company sued him.  The Consumer Justice Law  Clinic filed a cross‐complaint.      “Delphine” was sued three times by a man for breach of an oral contract they never had,  in  an  attempt  to  use  the  court  process  to  harass  Delphine  for  personal  favors.    The  Consumer  Justice  Law  Clinic  took  the  “he  said,  she  said”  case  to  trial  and  won  a  definitive verdict for Delphine.      “Carolina”  is  a  monolingual  Spanish  speaker  who  bought  a  car  at  a  dealership  after  negotiating with the salesperson in Spanish.  She was only given an English contract that  she  could  not  read.   She  found  out  that  there  were  unexplained  contract  terms  that  she  could  not  afford.   The  dealer  refused  to  cancel  the  contract.   The  Consumer  Justice  Law  Clinic  made  the  dealer  cancel  the  contract  because  they  did  not  provide  Carolina  with  a  Spanish contract. 

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