News & Updates

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New Resource for Veterans

CLSMF Veterans Advocacy Project and the Office of the Public Defenders, 9th Circuit  have partnered to provide a new resource for veterans in Central Florida. A website dedicated to maintaining the most up-to-date information regarding veteran issues is a useful tool for those seeking help but do not yet know where to begin. With her … Read More

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Local Artist Shows Love for Orlando

    The wake of the Pulse nightclub event brought in a wave of love and support to create unity in a time of tragedy. As many other organizations, CLSMF rose up to provide support in anyway it could. One demonstration of the dedication it has to the community, which for this organization expands across 12 … Read More

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Resources for victims or volunteers

In the wake of the tragic events that took place in Orlando on July 12th, CLSMF is offering support to our community by gathering resources for those directly impacted and those who want to help. If you have any resources that you would like to add please send them to kimberlya@clsmf.org. Companion Dogs Offer Support … Read More

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Local attorney donates 250 hours to low-income clients

Matthew J. McHugh, Esq., was presented the Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) 2016 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award in recognition of his work and commitment to increasing access to justice in Citrus County. CLSMF is a nonprofit law firm providing free legal assistance and advocacy to help low- and moderate-income people obtain … Read More

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Workshops set to help seniors with financial scams

City Commissioner Troy Kent told a story at a recent commission meeting of a senior woman who realized when she had been scammed. She received a call saying there were “questionable things” going on with her computer. The caller said if she didn’t pay some money, the authorities would come to arrest her. She knew … Read More

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Former judge honored for pro bono work during Law Day luncheon

Marion County lawyers last year worked more than 600 pro bono hours through Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida. Roughly equivalent to 25 around-the-clock days, that totals nearly nearly $160,000 worth of work by Community Legal Services’ accounting. That accomplishment drew praise Friday at the Marion County Bar Association’s Law Day Luncheon. The annual event, held … Read More

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Building Hope for Veterans

It has been a long journey for Gulf War veteran Mario Figueroa. After three years battling for his benefits with the VA alongside CLSMF Veterans Advocacy Project attorney Chirsite Bhageloe, Mario was finally awarded 70% service-related disability rating in July 2015. The hard-working single father was so relieved that he would now be able to better care for his … Read More

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CLSMF Attorneys Appointed to The Florida Bar Standing Committees

Every year members of The Florida Bar are invited to become involved in activities of the standing committees. These various volunteer groups do much of the work of The Florida Bar. In addition to the Board of Governors committees, special committees are appointed to study and make recommendations in response to issues of significance to … Read More

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Orlando ranks last in housing options for low-income residents

Metro Orlando, long considered an affordable housing market, has the nation’s greatest shortage of rentals for extremely low-income tenants, a new study shows. Orlando, in a tie with Las Vegas, ranked worst nationally for availability of apartments that meet the needs of its most struggling group of renters, according to the National Low Income Housing … Read More

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