Background and History
What is Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida?
Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is the primary provider of free legal aid for low to moderate income residents in Central Florida. Since 1966, we have provided legal assistance and advocacy to help the people of Central Florida obtain the basic necessities of life: food, shelter, health care, safety and education. We are continually striving to increase access to justice and empower vulnerable communities through legal advocacy and education.
Where are we located?
CLSMF has approximately 90 lawyers, advocates and support staff who work in 8 offices serving 12 counties in Central Florida: Brevard, Citrus, Flagler, Hernando, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Putnam, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia. Click here for directions to each of our offices.
How we help the people of Central Florida
Our lawyers, paralegals and advocates provide free legal aid helping more than 17,500 people in Central Florida each year. We provide legal aid and advice on a variety of issues including:
- Children and Education
- Domestic Violence
- Elder Advocacy
- Family Law
- Public Benefits
- Tax Controversy Assistance, and
CLSMF was originally founded in 1966 as Volusia County Legal Services. Since 2004, CLSMF has provided civil legal assistance to residents of Brevard, Citrus, Flagler, Hernando, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Putnam, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia counties, making us one of the largest nonprofit law firms in the state. With this expansion has come an enhanced vision for CLSMF of a cohesive regional law firm with the capacity to engage in high-impact litigation for the benefit of low-income persons, minorities, veterans, and the elderly in Central Florida.
Who funds us?
The primary sources of funding for CLSMF are the Legal Services Corporation, The Florida Bar Foundation, United Way of Marion County, United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), individual donors, law firms, businesses and state and local governments. Click here to learn more about how you can support CLSMF.