News & Updates


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


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


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


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


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


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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