News & Updates

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7 sad days: one week of domestic violence

To show how prevalent domestic violence is in Marion County, the Star-Banner spent a week examining every aspect of the system. Such a review shows how common the problem is and shows how far the community has to go to raise awareness and reduce the violence. The story relies on a number of interviews and … Read More

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Oviedo lawyer honored for service

CLSMF’s 2015 Belvin Perry, Jr. Legacy of Justice Award winner, Timothy Moran is  once again nominated up for the Florida Bar Young lawyers Division Pro Bono Service Award. Congrats Tim! Read the article in the Seminole Voice on his 2012 award. Ever since he was 8 years old, Timothy Moran knew he wanted to be a … Read More

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Civil legal aid breaks the cycle of poverty, benefits taxpayers

Orlando Sentinel article by guest columnist Darryl Bloodworth, past president of The Florida Bar Foundation and The Orange County Bar Association talks aboout how civil legal aid has a far-reaching economic impact in Florida. The economic impact of civil legal assistance in Florida is well documented. Florida TaxWatch found in 2010 that legal aid produces a … Read More

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Orange-Osceola counties lead Florida in arrests of children between 5 to 10

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida Children’s Rights Unit attorneys are battling the School to Prison Pipeline epidemic plaguing our state. Across Central Florida these CLSMF attorneys are engaging community leaders to address these problems affecting our youth population. CLSMF advocates are also out generating awareness on these issues including the effect of zero tolerance policies on the … Read More

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CLSMF Announces Executive Director Kimberly Sanchez

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is proud to officially announce Kimberly Sanchez as the Executive Director of the organization. Kimberly is the former Advocacy and Deputy Director of CLSMF and for 6 months has been Interim Executive Director. After graduating from the University of Miami School of Law in 2005, Kimberly began her legal career in the public … Read More

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Grand Opening of Self-Help Center

September 1, 2015 was a special day at the Clerk’s Office as they officially opened their new Self Help Center at the courthouse. The opening was special for many reasons. First, the center represents a huge step forward for citizens of Orange County who are in need of legal assistance, but cannot afford a private attorney. The Self … Read More

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Chanfrau Supports Civil Rights Work With Large Donation

On August 14, 2015 William Chanfrau, Jr. donated $15,000 to Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) to support the work of civil legal aid in this region. His gift comes at a crucial time when federal funding cuts for the legal aid organization are eminent. Mr. Chanfrau hopes that this contribution will serve as inspiration … Read More

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Things not so bright at ‘Sunny’ mobile home complex

CLSMF’s Renters Rights Unit Leader, Natalie Maxwell, talks to the Ocala Star Banner about the deplorable conditions her client is having to live in because of the landlord’s refusal to make necessary repairs to the unit and maintain a habitable home for his tenant. Moreover, since there is no housing condition code in Marion County, … Read More

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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

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