News & Updates


Justice Carries A Price Tag

A response from CLSMF Executive Director Bill Abbuehl to the December 1st article published in the Daytona Beach News-Journal “Level the playing field in the civil justice system.” Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is a nonprofit law firm that provides access to justice for low-income people. We are continually scrambling for resources to try to meet … Read More


U.S.-Backed Mortgages Put to Test in an Innovative Lawsuit

Read The New York Times article “U.S.-Backed Mortgages Put to Test in an Innovative Lawsuit” by Peter Eavis Not engaging with borrowers who have missed payments may not seem like the strongest grounds for litigation against a bank. Yet that is the basis for an innovative lawsuit against U.S. Bank, a division of U.S. Bancorp, one … Read More


Level playing field in civil justice system

Read the Daytona Beach News-Journal article titled “Level playing field in civil justice system” published December 1, 2014 “Access to justice is often viewed as an issue relating solely to indigent criminal defendants — the landmark case of Gideon v. Wainwright (1963) held that the Sixth Amendment’s guarantee of legal counsel is a fundamental right essential … Read More


A Push for Legal Aid in Civil Cases Finds Its Advocates

The New York Times article published November 21, 2014 “A Push for Legal Aid in Civil Cases Finds Its Advocates” by Erik Eckholm and Ian Lovett sheds light on the ever-growing need of civil legal aid for low income people across the country. Free legal assistance in noncriminal cases is rare and growing rarer. A recent … Read More


CLSMF Serving Veterans and Their Families: A Fresh Start for Ronald

U.S. Army Veteran Ronald Amador served as a Combat Medic in Iraq and Afghanistan for years. When he came to CLSMF, he was suffering from severe PTSD which had led to suicide attempts, involuntary hospitalizations, substance abuse, and ultimately homelessness. It wasn’t until Ronald sought help with the Veterans Advocacy Unit at CLSMF that his … Read More


Timothy Allen Moran

The Law Office of Timothy A. Moran

Timothy Allen Moran is a superstar in the pro bono world.  In May 2009, he contacted CLSMF’s Volunteer Lawyers Project, and said he was interested in helping low-income clients facing foreclosure. He was referred to the Housing Unit managing attorney, who provided him with foreclosure defense litigation training. Since he completed his training, he has … Read More


CLSMF Family Law Attorney Weighs in on Recent Marion County Tragedy

On Monday afternoon a domestic violence victim and her mother were fatally shot in Marion County by the victim’s boyfriend who she lived with. This incident happened after an argument ensued Saturday between the victim and the attacker. In the Ocala Star Banner article covering the unfortunate event, several specialist of their fields weighed in … Read More


MSNBC Reports: HUD Settles Discriminatory Maternity Lending

MSNBC Morning Joe Segment: HUD Settles Discriminatory Maternity Lending Watch the interview with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary Julian Castro where he discusses maternity leave lending discrimination practices by major national lending companies. 


A Victory for Renters’ Rights

Aloha Mobile Home Park is one of the many unjust situations for low-income renters that the Affordable Housing Project has fought to change over the last 7 years. This unique CLSMF project has become a vehicle for preserving existing affordable housing and creating new units for low-income families in Central Florida. Aloha Mobile Home Park … Read More

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