Over the past 50 years, CCLS has helped individuals, families and low-income communities when there was no one else...

Mission

To Advance Justice and Empower People

Core Values:

  • Commitment to excellence in providing creative quality legal services
  • Equal justice
  • Respect and compassion for our clients
  • Empowerment of clients
  • Pride, enjoyment and satisfaction in our work

Purpose:
The purpose of CCLS is to fight social injustice, to provide education and representation to the disadvantaged and to maintain access to the legal system.

History

A Legacy of Service

For 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 dedicated, passionate individuals who envisioned the foundation of Fresno County Legal Services, Inc. Through a series of mergers, the office would grow to encompass its current six-county service area in the central San Joaquin Valley and the mountain foothills.

In 1989, Fresno County Legal Services changed its name to Central California Legal Services when it merged with the Merced County Legal Services program and concurrently expanded services to Tuolumne and Mariposa Counties. 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, Tuolumne, 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.