News & Updates

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Ocala attorney Richard Perry to be recognized for pro bono work

This Ocala Star Banner article reports on the achievement of attorney Richard Perry who will be recognized for the pro bono work he does through the CLSMF’s Volunteer Lawyers Project: He has done pro bono work for clients with mental illness, hearing impairment problems, limited education, and drug and alcohol addictions. Perry said some clients have been professionals, such as an … Read More

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Gov. Scott’s VA Nursing Home Funding Could Be Better Spent on Preventative Services Like Legal Aid

CLSMF’s Veterans Project Manager Christie Bhageloe, featured in an article by 90.7 WFME  Public Radio, recognizes the proposed benefits to additional VA nursing homes, but points out that more money should really be dedicated to preventative services like those CLSMF offers clients which could keep them in their homes. Bhagelow gives legal help to veterans in … Read More

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CLSMF clinics focus on expunging juvenile records

CLSMF’s Juvenile Expunction Clinics are helping youths who have successfully completed a diversion program remove the arrest from their records. This service can make a huge difference in the lives of juveniles across Central Florida. The clinic has made news in the Ocala Star Banner article published January 23, 2015: Not long ago, Deion Laird was arrested for … Read More

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CLSMF Welcomes New Resource Development Manager

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is pleased to welcome Valynn Sala-Diakanda as our new Resource Development Manager. Valynn brings more than 8 years of corporate management, public speaking, research and writing experience to the nonprofit field. Specifically, her experience in development ranges from grant writing and private donor acquisition to marketing and social media. Her … Read More

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Moving Margins For LGBTQ Youth

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida and Legal Aid Society of Orange County Hosts Training to Build Awareness and Skills for Professionals in the Child Welfare System   On Jan 12-13th Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) and Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOCBA) co hosted, “Moving the Margins; Curriculum for Child Welfare Services with … Read More

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Florida should improve access to justice

Daytona Beach News-Journal Florida Voices article discusses the need to improve access to justice in Florida and what is being done to ensure this happens. Think of the civil legal matters that could threaten to tear apart your life: divorce, child custody, foreclosure, a landlord-tenant dispute. Then realize that many people are thrown into these … Read More

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ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR EITC? GET IT, AND GET IT RIGHT

Workers may get a larger tax refund this year because of the EITC or Earned Income Tax Credit. But to get it, you must file a tax return and claim it. January 30, 2015, marks EITC Awareness Day, a nationwide effort to increase awareness about EITC. EITC is 40 years old this year, and for … Read More

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Increase attorneys’ dues for legal aid

Daytona Beach News-Journal article discusses the need for increased attorney Bar dues to help fund legal aids in Florida such as CLSMF that serve the needs of those who cannot afford attorneys. “Two people show up to a fight. One’s armed with a baseball bat. The other carries a feather duster. What’s likely to happen? That … Read More

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