Inland Counties Legal Services celebrates the 60th anniversary of its founding as the Legal Aid Society of Riverside in 1958. The agency has evolved from a volunteer based legal aid agency serving only low-income residents of the City of Riverside into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency legal aid agency serving the entire Inland Empire (Riverside and San Bernardino Counties) region of Southern California. ICLS is funded through a grant from the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), a federally funded agency created as part of the federal government’s great society programs and was officially recognized as Inland Counties Legal Services in 1974.
The agency client base expanded from only residents of the City of Riverside to those in entirety of Riverside County and San Bernardino County in 1972. The agency changed its name to the Community Legal Services of Riverside County. During the same period, other volunteer lawyers had established the Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino. In 1977, the Riverside and San Bernardino Counties Bar Associations formally expanded the agency’s services to include both Riverside and San Bernardino County using federal funds from the Legal Services Corporation. The agency was renamed Inland Counties Legal Services to reflect the regional service delivery area as the region became known as the Inland Empire of Southern California.
ICLS currently operates regional offices in Indio and Riverside within Riverside County and in Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino, and Victorville in San Bernardino County with its executive offices in Riverside. ICLS serves the entirety of Inland Empire through its regional offices as well as in courthouses in both counties and at other sites through partnerships with community based agencies and local government.