The Project 

One of the largest direct legal services providers in the Bay Area, The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) provides legal assistance to intervene in legal crises, remove barriers to education and employment, and provide pathways to greater economic opportunity and independence. Fellows will work to expand the scale, reach and depth of movement lawyering in EBCLC’s Economic Security & Opportunity Program. Lessons from the pilot expansion of movement lawyering in the ESO program will help EBCLC design and test how to scale movement lawyering across EBCLC.

Brandon L. Greene

Brandon L. Greene is a graduate of Boston University Law School where he was a Public Interest Scholar and Martin Luther King Social Justice Fellow. He has also held fellowships with the New Leaders Council San Francisco Chapter and with the Front Line Leaders Academy. Brandon has worked on education and civil rights issues while serving as a fellow with Education Pioneers, Education Chair for the Boston NAACP, and as the Northeastern Regional Attorney General with the National Black Law Students Association. Brandon also served as legal fellow with Public Advocates in San Francisco and as a Deputy Public Defender in Contra Costa County. Brandon writes regularly for the Huffington Post and his article Depraved Necessities: Prison Privatization, Educational Attainment and the Path to Profit was published in 2013 by SRBLSA Law Journal.

Jassmin Poyaoan

Jassmin Poyaoan is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law, where she specialized in Critical Race Studies and was a part of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. In 2015, she joined EBCLC’s Green-Collar Communities Clinic (now Community Economic Justice Clinic) to focus on community ownership as a response to widespread gentrification and displacement in the East Bay Area. During law school, Jassmin was awarded the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans to support her work in developing community and worker-owned enterprises to build wealth in low-income communities of color. In her free time, Jassmin enjoys playing basketball and gardening.