Standing up for civil rights, constitutional values and legal equity in Oakland through affirmative litigation, policy development and community partnerships.


Our goal is to ensure that all the diverse people who call Oakland home are treated fairly and with dignity.

The CLCR works to secure social, economic and environmental justice for Oakland and its residents through innovative, collaborative and responsive legal action. 



Find out about our methods, our success stories and our partners.

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Meet the members of the City Attorney’s Community Lawyering & Civil Rights Unit.

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“We’re one step closer to vindicating our rights. This is what we’ve been fighting for this whole time. I’ll be thankful that we won’t have to wait in long lines anymore just to use the bathroom or kitchen.”
— Wing Fu Mah, Tenant in 524 8th Street