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Family fights for VA benefits after World War II veteran’s death

Ocala Star Banner article written by April Warren Even in death, World War II veteran Joseph DeSario is tussling with Veterans Affairs over benefits the agency has already determined are rightfully his. “The harsh truth is that when Mr. DeSario died, the government profited,” said his attorney Kelly Sullivan, a Veterans Legal Corp Fellow with … Read More


Maxwell: Congress should not cut legal aid to the poor

Bill Maxwell, Opinion Columnist of the Tampa Bay Times, talks about the U.S. House of Representatives decision to cut funding for Legal Services Corporation (LSC) an independent nonprofit established to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. Low-income Americans face serious challenges in many areas of their lives. Legal representation in court is one … Read More


CLSMF’s Christie Bhageloe Interviews with Ms. JD

Ms. JD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the success of women in law school and the legal profession. In an interview with Esther Goldschlager CLSMF’s very own Christie Bhageloe talks about her path from law school to Veterans Legal Advocacy Project Manager. As a mother of two boys and a passion for the public interest field, Christie … Read More


United Way and Brighthouse Networks honor volunteers

United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties and Brighthouse Networks held their 28th annual volunteers’ luncheon on Thursday, April 23 to recognize outstanding volunteers in the local community. CLSMF Pro Bono Attorney Jimmy Davis was the recipient of the Adult Volunteer of the Year award and CLSMF Board Member John Sullivan was the Senior Volunteer of the … Read More


Deltona holds Fair Housing Open House

April is Fair Housing Month. To bring awareness of fair housing rights to the public, the City of Deltona held a Fair Housing Open House on April 14 at the City Commission Chambers. Participating in the event were financial institutions, real estate agents, housing counselors and insurance companies. Several CLSMF staff members attended the event to provide … Read More

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Former client shares her success story

CLSMF  recently participated in an allocations panel at the United Way of Volusia and Flagler Counties (UWVF) in Daytona Beach. The allocations panels are composed of community volunteers who review local agencies’ applications for funding and make recommendations to the United Way’s board of directors. During the application process, they meet with agency staff, board members, and clients … Read More


CLSMF named one of top places to work

2015 marks the third consecutive year Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) has been named by The NonProfit Times as one of the top places to work in the United States. CLSMF ranked at number 20 in medium-sized nonprofit organizations (50-249 employees) and also placed in the top 50 best workplaces nationwide at number 44. Click here to … Read More


WWII vet, 91, struggles with VA lag

The 2½ years Joseph Desario spent in the military during World War II have remained with him forever. Desario, 91, can still recall with detail his work as a top turret gunner on 30 missions aboard the B-24 Liberator, a four-engine bomber. He was stationed behind the pilot, but between the roaring engines, operating twin … Read More


CLSMF Announced As A Recipient of the 2015 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Community Engagement Award

The Bethune-Cookman University has recognized Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida as an outstanding organization that has exhibited an unwavering dedication to improving the community. CLSMF’s work with the community is a testament to the legacy of Mrs. Bethune, who made it her life’s mission to improve the lives of underserved young people. CLSMF will be recognized, with … Read More


Civil Legal Assistance Saves Money and Helps People Escape Poverty

Lonnie Powers, executive director of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC), writes an exceptional article on the impact that civil legal aid has for the poor and the asset these services provide for the War on Poverty. Sargent Shriver, President Johnson’s personal choice to lead the War on Poverty, was once asked which anti-poverty program he considered the most important. … Read More

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