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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

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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

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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

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New clinic will help poor, homeless

When Ray McNeal volunteers at his church’s Tuesday morning homeless ministry, he occasionally finds himself fielding legal questions from the poor and homeless. Sometimes the people ask about landlord-tenant issues. They usually aren’t homeless, he said, but might be at risk of becoming so. Other times, the questions fall under immigration or family law. Before … Read More

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Region needs an additional judge says Fla. Supreme Court

In its most modest certification in at least a decade, the Florida Supreme Court indicated a need for just one more circuit judge in the state this year. The high court annually submits its analysis of statewide caseloads to the Florida Legislature, which considers the findings when passing the state budget. Although recent years have … Read More

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Community With A Heart underway for year

Often times, it’s the little things taken for granted by most that make a world of difference to others. Just being able to make one trip to or from the family car may seem small, but for Gabriella and Alonzo Dominguez of Ocala, the trip required a bit of logistics to transport their son Xavier … Read More

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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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