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Grand Opening of Self-Help Center

September 1, 2015 was a special day at the Clerk’s Office as they officially opened their new Self Help Center at the courthouse. The opening was special for many reasons. First, the center represents a huge step forward for citizens of Orange County who are in need of legal assistance, but cannot afford a private attorney. The Self … Read More

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Chanfrau Supports Civil Rights Work With Large Donation

On August 14, 2015 William Chanfrau, Jr. donated $15,000 to Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) to support the work of civil legal aid in this region. His gift comes at a crucial time when federal funding cuts for the legal aid organization are eminent. Mr. Chanfrau hopes that this contribution will serve as inspiration … Read More

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Cobb Cole Donates to CLSMF to Help the Neediest of the Central Florida Community Attain Access to Justice

Top ranked Central Florida law firm Cobb Cole joined the Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida’s (CLSMF) Sustaining Law Firm campaign by donating $5,950 to support their work to provide legal aid in Central Florida. The donation is the largest Sustaining Law Firm contribution received by a regional firm through this campaign to date. The funds … Read More

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House’s Multiple Assaults on Fair Housing

National Fair Housing Alliance Condemns House’s Multiple Assaults on Fair Housing Funding Bill Attacks Local and National Efforts to Fight Discrimination WASHINGTON, DC –The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved a funding bill late Tuesday that will prohibit local fair housing agencies and HUD from effectively enforcing the Fair Housing Act on multiple fronts. Lawmakers … Read More

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Evidence Training Benefits Legal Aid and Pro Bono Attorneys Who Serve the Most Needy in Central Florida

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc., Honorable Judge Andrew Cameron, Orange County Court Judge, Michael Wasylik, Esq., Ricardo and Wasylik, and Burr Forman, hosted a training for legal services and pro bono attorneys on June 5 that spotlighted the rules of evidence. The training focused on the admission of evidence, the exclusion of evidence and … Read More

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CLSMF Celebrates Law Day in the Fifth Ciruit

May 1st marked the 57th year that we celebrate Law Day, a day to remember the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. In the Fifth Circuit, attorneys from Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter counties came together during special celebratory events at which CLSMF presented Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Awards. These attorneys were chosen based on the number of hours … Read More

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Janet Behnke and Marion County Bar Host Mini-Fundraiser to Support CLSMF

Pro bono attorney Janet Behnke  partnered with the Marion County Bar to host a mini-fundraising event to benefit CLSMF. Ms. Behnke acted as the guest bartender at a gathering at La Cuisine Restaurant. All of the tips generated that day were donated to the organization. The proceeds of the event were presented to Interim Executive Director Kimberly … Read More

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Special Enrollment Period Gives Second Chance to Obtain Federal Marketplace Health Insurance

Open Enrollment for health insurance through the Federal Marketplace, available through the Affordable Care Act, ended on February 15, 2015. Between February 16 and October 31, 2015 Navigators in Central Florida are enrolling families and individuals who qualify for a special enrollment period. Events that qualify for a special enrollment are: moving to Florida or … Read More

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CLSMF Pro Bono Attorney United Way’s Volunteer of the Year


CLSMF's Volunteer Lawyers Project

Congratulations to CLSMF Pro Bono Attorney Jimmy Allen Davis, the recipient of the United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties and Brighthouse Networks Adult Volunteer of the Year award. Jimmy was presented with his award at the annual volunteers’ luncheon at the Shores Resort in Daytona Beach Shores on April 23. Jimmy was admitted to the Florida Bar in October, 2012 and has … Read More

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Statewide Fair Housing Summit to be Held in Orlando

Annual Event to Focus on Building Sustainable and Diverse Communities April is Fair Housing Month, and to commemorate the 1968 passage of the federal Fair Housing Act—which prohibits discrimination in housing—civil rights, nonprofit and government agencies, will come together to sponsor the Florida Fair Housing Summit in Orlando on Friday, April 24, 2015. The event … Read More

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