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2018 Spring Newsletter

Check out what CLSMF has been up to this first quarter of 2018. To view full screen, click the bottom right square in the image below.

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Ban lifted on Deltona boy with autism

A Deltona boy with autism was banned from Votran’s Gold Service, a bus for individuals with disabilities, after reports claimed he made inappropriate remarks to a 16-year-old girl. The child’s family was assisted by CLSMF supervising attorney, Dr. Katie Kelly. After meeting with decision makers and concluding that the allegations were unfounded, the ban has … Read More

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The threat Trump poses that gets almost no attention

On Monday July 3, 2017, The Washington Post opinion writer Catherine Rampell published an article titled “The threat Trump poses that gets almost no attention.” With several hot button issues highlighted in the media recently, this article served as a timely effort to showcase the issues revolving around funding for legal services organizations, like Community Legal Services … Read More

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Law clinic helps homeless with civil situations

When Ray McNeal, Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida board member and volunteer, saw a need to bring legal aid to the homeless he connected his church, First United Methodist’s Family Life Center, and our nonprofit law firm to accomplish the task. The need for legal aid greatly outweighs the resources available. Hosting legal clinics like … Read More

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CLSMF Children’s Rights Case in the News

On April 26, 2017 Channel 9 reporter Nancy Alvarez interviewed CLSMF Children’s Rights Unit Leader Dr. Katie Kelly and her client Mr. Anderson. The story, as most Children’s Rights cases are, is a very sad one. Moreover, it draws attention to the Volusia County school district for not heading warnings about a member of their staff who … Read More

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Legal aid keeps courts accessible

The Daytona Beach News Journal published an op-ed written by CLSMF Executive Director Kimberly Sanchez. Read the full article. “We are able to take the types of cases that private attorneys cannot take, helping the vast numbers of individuals forced to represent themselves in court. Without equal access to justice, democracy cannot be upheld. CLSMF … Read More

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WFTV Channel 9 News Coverage of CLSMF Children’s Rights Unit

9 Investigates: Volusia County parents up in arms, say autistic children treated like criminals Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida reached out to WFTV Channel 9 to share a disturbing trend we have encountered in our Volusia County school system where children with disabilities are being handed over to law enforcement instead of implementing and following … Read More

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CLSMF Pro Bono Attorney to be Honored at Supreme Court of Florida

The Florida Bar will recognize 21 lawyers for their work on behalf of poor and indigent clients at a Jan. 19 ceremony at the Supreme Court of Florida. Among the honorees is Samuel Pennington, with the 5th Judicial Circuit, which includes Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter counties. Pennington joined the pro bono panel of … Read More

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