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Florida Bar Honors CLSMF Volunteer Attorney

Each year, the Florida Supreme Court and The Florida Bar give special recognition to lawyers, groups and a member of the judiciary who have freely given their time and expertise in making legal services available to the poor. This year’s ceremony was held at on Thursday, February 7, 2019. A total of 22 lawyers from … Read More

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Assessing Our Community’s Needs

Every five years, the Legal Services Corporation charges its grantees to go into their communities and assess the most pressing needs within their region. After a year-long process of interviews, analysis, and surveys, CLSMF, with the assistance of Savvy Suit, created a report that identifies and details the six most crucial needs in CLSMF’s region. … Read More

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Partnership with Marion County Bar Association Young Lawyer Section Receives President’s Award

Having a suspended driver’s license creates many issues that can quickly snowball. If someone cannot get to work or is repeatedly late because they must rely on public transportation, they may quickly find themselves out of a job. Without income, many basic necessities can be jeopardized like housing, food, and healthcare. The reinstatement process is … Read More

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CLSMF and Grace Medical to Continue Holistic Mission

CLSMF has recently received renewed funding from the Florida Bar Foundation to continue the Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) with Grace Medical Home (GRACE). Through this partnership, staff at Grace screen patients for health-harming legal needs and refer patients to CLSMF attorneys to resolve their legal issues. The MLP began in March 2018, when CLSMF MLP attorneys … Read More

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Board of Governors’ Support Leads to Innovative Partnership

The 52 member Florida Bar Board of Governors are responsible for bar policy and this past year, they have worked with CLSMF and other legal aid organizations to support state wide planning for legal responses to disasters. As a result, when CLSMF received its Disaster Grant from Legal Services Corporation, it included a collaboration with … Read More

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What is the Real Cost of Poverty?

Poverty statistics are mind-numbing. According to TalkPoverty.org, nationally 46 million Americans live below the poverty line – $24,860 for a family of four – in 2018, with Florida ranking as the 18th state with the highest poverty rates. For someone who has never experienced poverty, it may be difficult to understand what life is like … Read More

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2018 Fall Newsletter

Click here to check out what CLSMF has been up to the 3rd quarter of 2018! Message from the CEO The fall season is officially upon us, and at CLSMF, we have so much to be thankful for and celebrate. We have had a generous year of growth, enabling us to further our mission of equal … Read More

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LSC Awards CLSMF Disaster Relief Grant

This October, Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced awards totaling $14,145,055 to be distributed to 11 legal aid organizations in states affected by natural disasters in the past two years. These funds will help address unresolved civil legal issues for survivors of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as survivors of the 2017 California wildfires. “Natural disasters have a disproportionate impact … Read More

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Consumer Attorneys Advancing Access to Justice

CLSMF promotes equal access to justice by providing civil legal aid to help low-income people protect their livelihoods, their health, and their families. We make it easier for our vulnerable population to access information, receive legal assistance and representation, and to know and understand their rights. Because of the breadth of public interest legal work … Read More