News & Updates

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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

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Presenting the Mobile Helpline at The 2018 FAWL Summit

On October 12, 2018, CLSMF took its HELPline on the road to the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) Summit in Jacksonville, FL. Lawyers from across the state stopped by the CLSMF Mobile HELPline to take live calls from residents seeking civil legal help. Attorneys who participated in this pro bono opportunity assisted low-income callers with bankruptcy, consumer and family law matters. The … Read More

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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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CLSMF Expands HELPline and Opens Office in DeLand

For 50 years, CLSMF has provided critical civil legal help to thousands of Central Florida residents, however studies show that 50-80% of low-income American’s legal needs still go unmet. With a service area encompassing 12 counties, it is a challenge every day to serve the one million people in the area who qualify for assistance. … 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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Discussing Legal Aid with Congressional District Representatives

Nearly one million people in CLSMF’s 12-county service area live at 125% of the poverty level, qualifying them for legal aid. That means that a family of four would have an annual household income no more than $31,375. In that financial situation, families struggle to afford housing, food and other basic living expenses. When confronted with a civil legal issue, … Read More

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CLSMF Talks MLP at FAFCC and NAFC Healthcare Conference

CLSMF CEO Kimberly Sanchez and Grace Medical Home CEO Stephanie Garris are on tour to talk about how doctors and lawyers working together can keep patients healthier. Both CEO’s have presented at the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (FAFCC) and the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) annual conferences. Funded by a grant from the Florida Bar … Read More