Background and History

What is Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida?

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) promotes equal access to justice, a core American value. Studies show that 50-80% of low-income Americans’ legal needs go unmet. CLSMF provides civil legal aid to help low-income people protect their livelihoods, their health, and their families. We make it easier for our vulnerable population to access information, receive legal assistance and representation, and to know and understand their rights. 
 
CLSMF is a full-service law firm addressing issues related to consumer protection, family law, children and education, domestic violence, elder abuse and neglect, health and income-related benefits, housing, and veterans’ benefits. Every year, we help thousands of Central Floridians obtain and maintain the basic necessities of life, including: food, shelter, health care, safety and education.
 
Nearly one million people in Central Florida qualify for CLSMF’s services. Our ultimate goal is to fully realize our mission, “To provide access to justice through high quality legal assistance to low-income persons.” 

Where are we located?

CLSMF has approximately 100 staff including lawyers, advocates, and support staff who work in 11 offices serving 12 counties in Central Florida: Brevard, Citrus, Flagler, Hernando, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Putnam, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia. Click here for directions to each of our offices.

How we help the people of Central Florida

Our lawyers, paralegals and advocates provide free legal aid helping more than 20,000 people in Central Florida each year. We provide legal aid and advice on a variety of issues including:

Our History

CLSMF was originally founded in 1966 as Volusia County Legal Services. Since 2004, CLSMF has provided civil legal assistance to residents of Brevard, Citrus, Flagler, Hernando, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Putnam, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia counties, making us one of the largest nonprofit law firms in the state. With this expansion has come an enhanced vision for CLSMF of a cohesive regional law firm with the capacity to engage in high-impact litigation for the benefit of low-income persons, minorities, veterans, and the elderly in Central Florida.

Who funds us?

The primary sources of funding for CLSMF are the Legal Services CorporationThe Florida Bar Foundation, United Way of Marion County, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), individual donors, law firms, businesses and state and local governments. Click here to learn more about how you can support CLSMF.