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Groups, volunteers gear up for back to school

A number of agencies and charities will hold events to distribute school supplies to children throughout the county. One of the bigger efforts is the Back to School Bash, now in its 12th year. The event, scheduled for Aug. 8 at the E.D. Croskey Center, not only offers backpacks filled with school supplies, but also … Read More

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WWII veteran dies 10 days after benefits reinstated

The family of a World War II veteran is fighting the Department of Veteran Affairs over their father’s benefits. Desario was receiving disability benefits for decades before the VA said his condition had improved to the point where he could go out and work. “It’s a sign of a deeply flawed system” Kelly Sullivan of … Read More

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Channel 9 Coverage on Legislation Budget Cuts that may affect CLSMF

We are very proud to announce that we were interviewed by Emmy award winning anchor at Channel 9 News, Nancy Alvarez. Our story aired on WFTV Channel 9 evening newscast on Friday. Nancy has many accolades and states “she is proud to be Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida’s new best friend.” Please support CLSMF and Channel 9 … Read More

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Family fights for VA benefits after World War II veteran’s death

Ocala Star Banner article written by April Warren Even in death, World War II veteran Joseph DeSario is tussling with Veterans Affairs over benefits the agency has already determined are rightfully his. “The harsh truth is that when Mr. DeSario died, the government profited,” said his attorney Kelly Sullivan, a Veterans Legal Corp Fellow with … Read More

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Maxwell: Congress should not cut legal aid to the poor

Bill Maxwell, Opinion Columnist of the Tampa Bay Times, talks about the U.S. House of Representatives decision to cut funding for Legal Services Corporation (LSC) an independent nonprofit established to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. Low-income Americans face serious challenges in many areas of their lives. Legal representation in court is one … Read More

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CLSMF’s Christie Bhageloe Interviews with Ms. JD

Ms. JD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the success of women in law school and the legal profession. In an interview with Esther Goldschlager CLSMF’s very own Christie Bhageloe talks about her path from law school to Veterans Legal Advocacy Project Manager. As a mother of two boys and a passion for the public interest field, Christie … Read More

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United Way and Brighthouse Networks honor volunteers

United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties and Brighthouse Networks held their 28th annual volunteers’ luncheon on Thursday, April 23 to recognize outstanding volunteers in the local community. CLSMF Pro Bono Attorney Jimmy Davis was the recipient of the Adult Volunteer of the Year award and CLSMF Board Member John Sullivan was the Senior Volunteer of the … Read More

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