News & Updates

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Remembering Rhoda

It is with immense endearment that Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida remembers Rhoda Bess Goodson who died peacefully surrounded by her family and close friends on September 16, 2017. In her honor and memory, Joe Goodson, Rhoda’s brother and executor of her estate, donated $10,000 to CLSMF to continue to advance the cause of justice … Read More

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Pro Bono Awards Orlando

  On October 4, 2018, CLSMF hosted a cocktail reception at the Citrus Club in downtown Orlando to honor volunteer attorneys who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate their commitment to pro bono services. Check out the award winner bios and photos from the evening.  Burr Forman, Law Firm of the Year Award  Burr Forman … Read More

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Annual Report 2017

Click here to flip through our 2017 annual report! Message from the CEO Kimberly Sanchez Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. (CLSMF) exists to protect our communities by advocating through the judicial system. CLSMF is a public interest law firm providing legal assistance at no cost to low-income persons across Central Florida. 50 years at CLSMF has seen lawyers, paralegals, legal assistants and … Read More

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CLSMF Helpline Hours Extended

Every day more than 200 calls for legal help come into Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida’s (CLMSF) Helpline. Serving as the main point of entry to the law firm, the attorney staffed hotline acts as the triage center for low-income Central Floridians facing civil legal problems. Calls are fielded for advice, brief services or full … Read More

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CLSMF and Channel 9: DOJ looking into allegations of discrimination against autistic Volusia County students

Channel 9 reporter Michael  Springer interviewed CLSMF’s Children’s Rights Unit Leader, Katie Kelly, and her client Jasmine Harper regarding a DOJ complaint CLSMF filed on behalf of 11 families last year. CLSMF noticed a trend in Volusia County where children with autism and other disabilities were being handed over to law enforcement when experiencing a … Read More

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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

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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

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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

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S.O.A.R.ing 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