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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


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


‘Legal incubator’ to induce profitability

Program will teach lawyers how to make a living serving the middle and the lower middle class Read the full article by Gary Blankenship Senior Editor, The Florida Bar News Money can be made; lawyers can find work; and clients now without legal representation can be helped using available technology. The Florida Bar hopes to put … Read More


13th Annual Back to School Bash Ocala

OCALA — Students and parents jammed the E.D. Croskey Center in northwest Ocala on Saturday for the 13th Back to School Bash. For sisters Erika Warren and Gina Hamilton — with 15 children, ages one month to 14 in one household — the event was a welcome relief in their back-to-school preparations. “This is a … Read More


Local attorney donates 250 hours to low-income clients

Matthew J. McHugh, Esq., was presented the Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) 2016 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award in recognition of his work and commitment to increasing access to justice in Citrus County. CLSMF is a nonprofit law firm providing free legal assistance and advocacy to help low- and moderate-income people obtain … Read More


Workshops set to help seniors with financial scams

City Commissioner Troy Kent told a story at a recent commission meeting of a senior woman who realized when she had been scammed. She received a call saying there were “questionable things” going on with her computer. The caller said if she didn’t pay some money, the authorities would come to arrest her. She knew … Read More


Former judge honored for pro bono work during Law Day luncheon

Marion County lawyers last year worked more than 600 pro bono hours through Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida. Roughly equivalent to 25 around-the-clock days, that totals nearly nearly $160,000 worth of work by Community Legal Services’ accounting. That accomplishment drew praise Friday at the Marion County Bar Association’s Law Day Luncheon. The annual event, held … Read More


Orlando ranks last in housing options for low-income residents

Metro Orlando, long considered an affordable housing market, has the nation’s greatest shortage of rentals for extremely low-income tenants, a new study shows. Orlando, in a tie with Las Vegas, ranked worst nationally for availability of apartments that meet the needs of its most struggling group of renters, according to the National Low Income Housing … Read More


Staving Off Eviction

NPR Special Series on Eviction Low-Income Renters Squeezed Between Too-High Rents And Subpar Housing March 30, 2016 • Tenants often stop paying rent to force the repair of poor conditions in the only housing they can afford. But landlords say can’t fix the problems until they get the rent. It’s a vicious cycle.   Living … Read More