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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

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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

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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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Legal Advocacy Center of Central Florida and Southern Legal Counsel Protecting First Amendment Rights

The Legal Advocacy Center of Central Florida (LACCF), CLSMF’s sister organization, has partnered with the Southern Legal Counsel to protect the first amendment rights of residents in Southern Florida to express political messages by distributing food to the homeless. Read more in the The Nation article The City That Outlawed Free Food by Michelle Chen. Fort Lauderdale’s ordinance restricting food distribution … Read More

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Ocala attorney Richard Perry to be recognized for pro bono work

This Ocala Star Banner article reports on the achievement of attorney Richard Perry who will be recognized for the pro bono work he does through the CLSMF’s Volunteer Lawyers Project: He has done pro bono work for clients with mental illness, hearing impairment problems, limited education, and drug and alcohol addictions. Perry said some clients have been professionals, such as an … Read More

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Gov. Scott’s VA Nursing Home Funding Could Be Better Spent on Preventative Services Like Legal Aid

CLSMF’s Veterans Project Manager Christie Bhageloe, featured in an article by 90.7 WFME  Public Radio, recognizes the proposed benefits to additional VA nursing homes, but points out that more money should really be dedicated to preventative services like those CLSMF offers clients which could keep them in their homes. Bhagelow gives legal help to veterans in … Read More

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CLSMF clinics focus on expunging juvenile records

CLSMF’s Juvenile Expunction Clinics are helping youths who have successfully completed a diversion program remove the arrest from their records. This service can make a huge difference in the lives of juveniles across Central Florida. The clinic has made news in the Ocala Star Banner article published January 23, 2015: Not long ago, Deion Laird was arrested for … Read More

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Florida should improve access to justice

Daytona Beach News-Journal Florida Voices article discusses the need to improve access to justice in Florida and what is being done to ensure this happens. Think of the civil legal matters that could threaten to tear apart your life: divorce, child custody, foreclosure, a landlord-tenant dispute. Then realize that many people are thrown into these … Read More

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Increase attorneys’ dues for legal aid

Daytona Beach News-Journal article discusses the need for increased attorney Bar dues to help fund legal aids in Florida such as CLSMF that serve the needs of those who cannot afford attorneys. “Two people show up to a fight. One’s armed with a baseball bat. The other carries a feather duster. What’s likely to happen? That … Read More

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