Water justice in Oakland

The East Bay Community Law Clinic brings together Berkeley Law students and citizens to solve community problems

The East Bay Community Law Clinic brings together Berkeley Law students and citizens to solve community problems

Yesterday’s post was about unjust water shutoffs on the East Coast. Today, to be fair and balanced, we’re all about the West Coast.

The one-person editorial staff of Waterblogged.info edits the Berkeley School of Law’s alumni magazine, Transcript. In the last issue, we featured the work of the East Bay Community Law Center, which is affiliated with the law school and trains students in social justice litigation and community organizing.

The story relates how a student team worked with local government and community leaders to put a stop to illegal water and utility shutoffs. In this case, the local water provider  was cutting off the water of foreclosed rental properties. The defaulting owners are very often not local and don’t know or don’t care about local ordinances that forbid leaving tenants vulnerable to utility shutoffs and eviction.

Waterblogged.info is a big fan of law-school based community legal clinics. The work of EBCLC  (and another such clinic we recently featured, Wayne State Law’s Environmental Law Clinic), mean that thousands and thousands of the poor and disenfranchised have access to the legal system.

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