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The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is seeking a Housing Attorney/Clinical Supervisor to join its 7-person Housing Practice to represent low-income tenants in unlawful detainer cases, advocate for tenants in a broad range of housing-related legal problems, and contribute to the creation of more just and humane housing policies for Alameda County tenants, as well as train and supervise law student interns. The ideal candidate is an excellent advocate with strong writing and organizational skills who has the ability to work well in a fast-paced, high-volume litigation setting, has experience providing direct legal services to low-income people, and is committed to mentoring the next generation of legal advocates.

EBCLC is a non-profit legal services organization and a community-based clinical program for Berkeley Law School, committed to increasing justice through education and advocacy. With over 50 staff, 150 law students, and a $5 million annual budget, EBCLC is the largest provider of free legal services in Alameda County and provides multimodal, collaborative, and holistic services to over 5,000 clients yearly. We also engage in legislative and policy advocacy at the local and state level.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Represent low-income tenants in unlawful detainer cases
  • Supervise weekly Tenants’ Rights Workshops, advising and advocating for tenants regarding a broad range of housing-related legal problems, including eviction defense, code enforcement, rent control, public housing (conventional and §8), and fair housing
  • Conduct outreach and provide pro per assistance to tenants at self-help and community sites
  • Teach, train, and supervise law students, legal fellows, and volunteer attorneys, including substantive law and skills trainings, regular individual and group case reviews, and day-to-day monitoring of individual work
  • Work collaboratively with other attorneys at EBCLC to provide holistic, wrap-around services addressing the root issues of poverty
  • Participate in collaborative partnerships with other community and legal services organizations providing similar services
  • Complete administrative tasks, such as those related to grant management and reporting
  • Additional tasks as assigned by Supervisor

Minimum Qualifications:

  • J.D. required, member of the California State Bar in good standing
  • Ability to manage a demanding case load; excellent time management, priority-setting and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral advocacy skills
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse range of groups, including people of color, immigrants, non-English speakers, people with mental disabilities, law students, service providers, government employees, community partners, elected officials, and law school faculty
  • Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, and demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work successfully in a high-volume, dynamic environment
  • Experience with, or strong interest in, law student supervision and training
  • Unlawful detainer or other relevant litigation experience preferred
  • Bilingual skills in Spanish or Cantonese highly desirable


This is a full-time, salaried (exempt) position, starting August 1, 2017; non-profit salary commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package includes 100% employer-funded medical, dental, and vision plans (including dependent coverage), paid time off, and retirement options.

Application Procedure:

Interested applicants should submit application materials by email to (include “Housing Attorney” in the subject line); Application materials should include a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and names/contact information for two professional references. The application deadline is Sunday, July 2, 2017 but please be aware applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis.

EBCLC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, committed to providing an inclusive, welcoming, and culturally responsive environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. EBCLC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or prior contact with the criminal justice system. We strongly encourage applications from candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities.

  Metro Area Oakland CA
  Job Location City Berkeley
  Job Location State California
  Compensation Salary From: $0.00 To: $0.00
  Job Category Activism and Organizing, Advocacy, Education and Training, Legal
  Prefered Experience 0 year(s)
  Job Type Full time
  Language 1 English ( Speak Read Write )  
  Job Posting Date Jun. 16, 2017

Organization Details

  Organization Name East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC)
  Organizational Focus Affordable Housing, AIDS/HIV Services, Children and Youth, Community Building and Renewal, Community Organizing / Advocacy, Consumer Protection, Disability Issues, Economic Development, Education and Academia, Higher Education, Homelessness, Housing, Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Immigration, Law and Legal Assistance, Legal Services, Multi-Service Community Agency, Network of Nonprofit Organizations, Teaching, Training, Youth Services
  Contact Person Juliana Johnson
  Contact Phone none posted
  Contact Fax none posted
  Contact Email
  Web Address

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