News & Updates

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Channel 9 Story on 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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House’s Multiple Assaults on Fair Housing

National Fair Housing Alliance Condemns House’s Multiple Assaults on Fair Housing Funding Bill Attacks Local and National Efforts to Fight Discrimination WASHINGTON, DC –The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved a funding bill late Tuesday that will prohibit local fair housing agencies and HUD from effectively enforcing the Fair Housing Act on multiple fronts. Lawmakers … Read More

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Evidence Training Benefits Legal Aid and Pro Bono Attorneys Who Serve the Most Needy in Central Florida

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc., Honorable Judge Andrew Cameron, Orange County Court Judge, Michael Wasylik, Esq., Ricardo and Wasylik, and Burr Forman, hosted a training for legal services and pro bono attorneys on June 5 that spotlighted the rules of evidence. The training focused on the admission of evidence, the exclusion of evidence and … 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 Celebrates Law Day in the Fifth Ciruit

May 1st marked the 57th year that we celebrate Law Day, a day to remember the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. In the Fifth Circuit, attorneys from Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter counties came together during special celebratory events at which CLSMF presented Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Awards. These attorneys were chosen based on the number of hours … Read More

CLSMF’s Christie Bhageloe Interviews with Ms. JD
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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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Special Enrollment Period Gives Second Chance to Obtain Federal Marketplace Health Insurance

Open Enrollment for health insurance through the Federal Marketplace, available through the Affordable Care Act, ended on February 15, 2015. Between February 16 and October 31, 2015 Navigators in Central Florida are enrolling families and individuals who qualify for a special enrollment period. Events that qualify for a special enrollment are: moving to Florida or … 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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