For over 50 years, Central California Legal Services, Inc. (CCLS) continues as a vanguard of equity by fighting social injustice through education and representation of low-income residents
In 1966, CCLS was initially spearheaded by a group of dedicate, passionate individuals who envisioned the foundation of Fresno Count Legal Services, Inc. Through a series of mergers, the office would grow to encompass its current six-county service areas in the central San Joaquin Valley and the mountain foothills.
In 1989, Fresno County Legal Services chnge its name to Central California Legal Services when it merged with Merced County Legal Services program and concurrently expanded services to Toulumne and Mariposa Countied. In 1997, the Tulare/Kings County Legal Services Merged with CCLS; thus, a single office in Fresno became a network of services, thereby ensuring complete access at no cost to clients.
By maintaining a focus on its clients’ legal needs and the integrity of its services, an expert staff serves thousands of eligible clients in the counties of Fresno, Tulare, Kings , Merced, Tuolomne, Mariposa, and senior citizens in Madera County. Today, CCLS employs a staff of over sixty individuals with offices in the cities of Fresno, Merced and Visalia.