Central California Legal Services is a private, not-for-profit, public interest law firm established for the purpose of providing free civil legal assistance to low-income individuals, families, organizations, and communities.
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, senior citizens in Madera County, and on health-related cases in several other counties. Today, CCLS employs a staff of over sixty individuals with offices in the cities of Fresno, Merced, and Visalia.
Our mission at Central California Legal Services is to advance justice and empower people. Our purpose is to fight social injustice, to provide education and representation to the disadvantaged and to maintain access to the legal system.
We are committed to excellence in providing creative quality legal services. for the community.
We strongly believe in equal justice and strive to ensure that our clients enjoy equality and justice.
We have the utmost respect and compassion for our clients and do our very best to serve them as a result.
We are very proud of, greatly enjoy and take a deep sense of satisfaction in our work serving the Central Valley.
A Rich History
A legacy of service over half a century in the Central Valley.
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, 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 seventy individuals with offices in the cities of Fresno, Merced and Visalia.
Some of our supportive funders.
A team of directors, lawyers, paralegals, officers, legal secretaries, advocates and volunteers.
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