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7700 Edgewater Drive, Suite 210
Oakland, California 94621
(510) 496-5200
Fax: (510) 496-5250

EAST BAY CHILDREN'S LAW OFFICES

EBLCO Team Photo 2017

Volunteer Opportunities

EBCLO offers volunteer programs for attorneys and legal interns who wish to participate in our representation of foster youth.  EBCLO regularly employs paralegal students, law school interns and volunteer attorneys. The application timelines and corresponding employment periods are as follows:

Paralegal, fall or spring law school internships and volunteer attorney programs:  Paralegals, law school interns, and attorneys wishing to volunteer may apply for part-time internships for the spring and fall terms.  For the spring term, please submit a cover letter and resume by the previous November 1; and for the fall, cover letters and resumes should be submitted between May 15 to June 15 each year.

Summer Full Time Legal Internship Program: We accept applications for our full time summer internship program beginning in October of the previous year. Rising 2L and 3L students interested in our summer internship program should submit a cover letter and resume before February 15th.  Students may also apply annually through the PIPS program normally held in February.

Interested applicants should send resume and cover letters to Liz Aleman, Director of Interns and Volunteer Attorneys.

If you are not a law student or an MSW student and are interested in volunteering for EBCLO in some other way, please contact Executive Director, Barrie Becker.

 

Summer Law Clerk Program Description

The East Bay Children’s Law Offices, Inc. (EBCLO), a nonprofit organization, provides free legal representation to children and youth who are the subject of abuse and neglect proceedings in Alameda County Juvenile Dependency Court. EBCLO also provides representation to youth in cross-over delinquency and probate guardianship proceedings in Alameda County.

The mission of the East Bay Children’s Law Offices, Inc., is to protect and defend the rights of children and youth through effective, vigorous and compassionate legal advocacy. EBCLO strives to provide a voice for children in the juvenile dependency system and to promote positive outcomes for them.

EBCLO represents approximately 1,600 youth at any given time, with a staff of 14 attorneys, 2 social workers, and two case managers. In addition, our office represents youth in educational rights proceedings. We believe in a “holistic” model of representation in which we address all of the child’s needs to ensure their future success and well-being.

The summer law clerk program is a fulltime, ten week program. EBCLO provides comprehensive training at the beginning of the summer program for the interns. The law clerks will also have opportunities throughout the summer to participate in additional trainings through the office as well as through partnering law firms. The summer law clerks will be assisting in all aspects of representing children in varying stages of juvenile dependency proceedings. The position can include opportunities for court appearances for eligible certified law clerks. Law interns will assist staff attorneys with trial preparation and client contact. Responsibilities include client face to face and telephone interviews; preparing for and participating in court hearings; participating in mediations and alternative dispute resolution efforts, and other methods of advocacy on behalf of clients. The law clerks will also be assigned legal research and writing projects. Law clerks may also have opportunities to work on projects involving cross-over delinquency matters, probate guardianships and education advocacy.

EBCLO also considers applications from second and third year law students for part time internship and externship opportunities during the school year.

Further inquiries should be addressed to Liz Aleman, Director of Interns and Volunteer Attorneys, via email: liz.aleman@ebclo.org.