Seema N. Patel


As we sift—no, shovel—through one of the most tumultuous times in our country’s history, I invite you to join me in taking some solace in the tremendous and important work that the staff and attorneys of the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC or Law Center) do daily. Our conscientious and dedicated advocates not only shepherd clients through a range of legal issues, but work more universally—with love, compassion, and skill—to improve the basic human condition. Indeed, a day in the Law Center bears witness to a wide range of people, circumstances, and emotions. To celebrate EBCLC, then, is to pay homage to the uniqueness and humility of some of the country’s best and brightest legal aid lawyers.

The stories and reflections that comprise this Festschrift are a testament to the lifelong impact that EBCLC has had not only on our immediate community, but on the staff and attorneys themselves that do the hard, relentless, and loving work of community lawyering and advocacy. Indeed, the Law Center is the place where the head, the hands, and the heart of legal education come together.



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