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CLSMF Family Law Attorney Weighs in on Recent Marion County Tragedy

On Monday afternoon a domestic violence victim and her mother were fatally shot in Marion County by the victim’s boyfriend who she lived with. This incident happened after an argument ensued Saturday between the victim and the attacker. In the Ocala Star Banner article covering the unfortunate event, several specialist of their fields weighed in … Read More

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MSNBC Reports: HUD Settles Discriminatory Maternity Lending

MSNBC Morning Joe Segment: HUD Settles Discriminatory Maternity Lending Watch the interview with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary Julian Castro where he discusses maternity leave lending discrimination practices by major national lending companies.  http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/hud-settles-discriminatory-maternity-lending-339484739596 

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A Victory for Renters’ Rights

Aloha Mobile Home Park is one of the many unjust situations for low-income renters that the Affordable Housing Project has fought to change over the last 7 years. This unique CLSMF project has become a vehicle for preserving existing affordable housing and creating new units for low-income families in Central Florida. Aloha Mobile Home Park … Read More

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Filling the Justice Gap

There’s a huge gap today between the legal needs of low-income people and the capacity of the civil legal assistance system to meet those needs. There’s also severe inequality in funding among states. This “justice gap” was most recently demonstrated by a 2009 Legal Services Corporation report, “Documenting the Justice Gap in America: The Current … Read More

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2014 Jazz for Justice Highlights

On October 1st, Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) hosted its signature event, Jazz for Justice at Leu Gardens in downtown Orlando. Scott Maxwell, renowned columnist of the Orlando Sentinel, emceed the event as over 200 guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and great jazz music. The evening featured a unique award ceremony in honor of pro bono … Read More

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Miss a Payment? Good Luck Moving That Car

Read the September 24th New York Times article Miss a Payment? Good Luck Moving That Car by Michael Corkery and Jessica Silver-Greenberg The thermometer showed a 103.5-degree fever, and her 10-year-old’s asthma was flaring up. Mary Bolender, who lives in Las Vegas, needed to get her daughter to an emergency room, but her 2005 Chrysler van would not … Read More

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Evictions Soar in Hot Market; Renters Suffer

New York Times article by Shaila Dewan on Aug. 28, 2014 The rising demand for, and tight supply of, apartments means landlords can now afford to be more exacting in their standards, if not outright aggressive in replacing renters with those who can pay more. In the second quarter of this year, the rental vacancy rate sunk to … Read More

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Citizenship questions threaten ACA coverage

Orlando Sentinel news article by Scott Powers Thousands of Floridians who signed up for Obamacare health insurance might have citizenship or immigration issues that require them to file additional paperwork by Sept. 5, federal officials announced. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services began sending “last-chance” notices last week to Affordable Care Act insurance customers in cases … Read More

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When Poverty Makes You Sick, a Lawyer Can Be the Cure

Medical and legal professionals across the country are coming together to provide a full rage of services to patients whose needs go beyond what can be treated in a hospital. Read the article by Tina Rosenberg in the New York Times Opinionator “Fixes” blog from July 17, 2014 that provides clear examples of how these partnerships have … Read More

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Editorial: Shortchanging legal aid — again

Read the full editorial in the Ocala Star Banner on Governor Scott’s veto of legal aid funding With his fourth veto of state funding for legal aid organizations, Gov. Rick Scott thumbed his nose at the Legislature and low-income Floridians who can’t afford to hire a lawyer in civil cases involving foreclosures, child custody and … Read More