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Legal aid keeps courts accessible

The Daytona Beach News Journal published an op-ed written by CLSMF Executive Director Kimberly Sanchez. Read the full article.

“We are able to take the types of cases that private attorneys cannot take, helping the vast numbers of individuals forced to represent themselves in court. Without equal access to justice, democracy cannot be upheld. CLSMF is well supported by, and thankful to, the legal community. Volunteer lawyers assisting clients pro bono do so without charging a fee. In Volusia and Flagler alone, attorneys committed over 500 hours to assisting the most vulnerable among us in 2016.

Investing in civil legal aid is good business. A recent study released by the Florida Bar Foundation concluded that for every dollar invested in legal aid, the community receives a $7 return on that investment. In 2016, CLSMF served 2,500 people in Volusia and Flagler counties. Overall, CLSMF served 17,500 people.”

Read the full article.