Press Release


Legal Aid in Times of Need: EJW Disaster Relief Fellow Joins CLSMF

When most people think of legal aid and what it encompasses, they often think of assistance provided to victims of domestic violence, veterans, and the elderly. Most people are unaware of the critical role legal aid plays in communities after a natural disaster occurs. A natural disaster can destroy homes and displace families, leaving individuals … Read More


Breaking Free from the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Before her father contacted CLSMF, Ebony Townsend was one of many students caught in the downward spiral of the school-to-prison pipeline. In addition to suffering from learning disabilities that had gone unaddressed and being deaf in one ear, Ebony was also a victim of bullying. For years she had been taunted by other kids at … Read More


Celebrating 60 Years of Law Day

On May 1, 1958, President Eisenhower established Law Day to honor the role of law in the creation of the United States of America. Three years later, Congress followed suit by passing a joint resolution establishing May 1 as Law Day. The American Bar Association defines Law Day as: “A national day set aside to … Read More

/ to Reach New Heights

Homelessness has been identified as one of Central Florida’s leading challenges. According to the Council on Homelessness, in 2017 there were 2,074 homeless individuals in Central Florida. A news story on WFTV Channel 9 states, “Most of Central Florida’s chronically homeless population lives in downtown Orlando.” (“Arrests of Homeless People in Orlando,” 2017). To address … Read More


On The Air at the Equal Justice Conference

  In May 2018, CLSMF’s CEO, Kimberly Sanchez attended the Equal Justice Conference, a gathering of more than 1,000 social justice warriors sharing information and working together to provide access to justice for all. The event is co-hosted by the American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and the National … Read More


A Roaring Good Time at CLSMF’s 2018 Justice Gala

On May 18th, many gents and dolls joined CLSMF for the Roaring 20’s Justice Gala at the Orange County Regional History Center. Guests enjoyed the swinging tunes of the Z Street Speakeasy Band, delicious heavy hors d’oeuvres and kickin’ cocktails.    


CLSMF on Citrus TV

CLSMF’s Consumer Unit assists clients with cases related to debt harassment, collection lawsuits and foreclosures. In April, CLSMF Consumer Staff Attorney, Angela Makley was invited to participate in an interview on Citrus Today, a local talk show which airs in Citrus County. As the interview took place during tax time, Angela spoke to the various … Read More


CLSMF Volunteers Make the Difference

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida’s Volunteer Involvement Program (V.I.P.) is the firm’s centralized program for non-lawyer volunteers. V.I.P. was created in mid-2017 to streamline the firm’s leveraging volunteers throughout all 10 offices, and develop a culture of volunteerism within the organization. Since its inception, V.I.P. has recruited and onboarded over 45 volunteers who have been … Read More


CLSMF Receives Over $326,000 to Assist in Expansion of Service Delivery

Recently CLSMF, the largest provider of free legal aid in Central Florida, received over $326,000 as a cy pres award from a class action litigation benefiting consumers. These funds will be used to increase direct services including expansion of the organization’s innovative helpline which provides callers a direct line to an attorney for legal service … Read More


Health + Legal Care: Rx for Better Health Outcomes

Last year, CLSMF CEO Kimberly Sanchez sought funding from The Florida Bar Foundation to initiate a Statewide Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) program to improve the well-being of people and communities by leading health, public health, and legal sectors in an integrated, upstream approach to combating health-harming social conditions. This program embeds lawyers and paralegals alongside health … Read More