Press Release


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


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


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


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


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


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


Moving Margins for LGBTQ Youth

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) and Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOCBA) co-hosted, “Moving the Margins; Curriculum for Child Welfare Services with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Youth (LGBTQ) in Out of Home Care.” The training was led by M. Currey Cook, Esq., National Director for the Youth in Out of Home … Read More


CLSMF Welcomes New Resource Development Manager

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is pleased to welcome Valynn Sala-Diakanda as our new Resource Development Manager. Valynn brings more than 8 years of corporate management, public speaking, research and writing experience to the nonprofit field. Specifically, her experience in development ranges from grant writing and private donor acquisition to marketing and social media. Her … Read More

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