|Register Now for the Florida Fair Housing Summit on April 29th
Mark your calendars because on April 29th the statewide Florida Fair Housing Summit will take place at the Rosen Center Hotel, 9840 International Drive in Orlando. Every year Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida partners with civil rights, government and other nonprofit agencies to host a day long conference that covers the most hot button issues in Fair Housing. This year's theme is One Community For All: Creating Inclusive Communities for Diverse Abilities and Cultures.
Keynote speakers Colleen Kelly Starkloff, Co-Director of Starkloff Disability Institute, and civil rights attorney Mathew Dietz will be joined by several other powerful presenters to educate, engage and motivate participants of the Summit. Topics covered will range from how to affirmatively further fair housing to creating accessible homes and inclusive communities.
Registration is now open!
Register online today or contact Cynthia Coutard at (407) 841-7777 ext. 2117 for more information.
Click here if you, your law firm or organization is interested in co-sponsoring this event.
If you wish to book a room at the Rosen Hotel for this event, please click here to reserve a room in the designated block of the hotel.
CLSMF Attorney Makes a Difference in the Lives of Children
Ocala Staff Attorney Elizabeth Swanson has been making a difference in the life of children for over 40 years. She taught special education for over 38 years and impacted countless numbers of children who flourished under her guidance. No one would think less of Elizabeth if she never worked again, but she had more to give. Elizabeth attended and graduated from Barry Law School when she was almost 60. Since then, she has been making an impact in the lives of even more children, but now she uses the law to ensure that each child gets the education that he or she deserves.
Read the Orlando Sentinel article about Elizabeth Swanson's transition from teacher to legal services.
Learn more about CLSMF’s Children and Education Unit here.
Service Spotlight: CLSMF Helps People Cope with Debt
Did you know that CLSMF provides services on literally dozens of different types of issues? CLSMF helps protect our seniors from abuse, works to save people’s homes, provides a range of family services, and more. Each month, CLSMF will be highlighting one area of work that we do. This month our service spotlight is on the Consumer Law Unit.
Whatever the circumstances - a medical emergency, the loss of a job, or poor financial planning - a decision needs to be made about how to cope with debts and how to deal with collectors in this time of crisis. The Consumer Law attorneys and paralegals of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) work on behalf of low-income homeowners who are targeted by unscrupulous lending entities and do not have the means to defend themselves, as well as for individuals facing illegal and unfair debt collection practices.
The Consumer Law Unit focuses on problems related to debt collection, garnishment, repossession, contracts, consumer scams, small claims courts and debtor harassment. CLSMF may be able to assist you if you believe a creditor is wrongly attempting to garnish your wages, bank account, or other property. These are all common issues of consumer law for which many do not realize they have rights in protecting their assets. In addition to providing legal advice or representation in certain cases involving consumer law, the CLSMF Consumer Law team assists qualifying individuals with document preparation when faced with such consumerism troubles.
Get tips and read more about CLSMF's Consumer Law Unit here
CLSMF Client Surveys
Our lawyers, paralegals and advocates provide free legal services helping more than 20,000 people of Central Florida each year. Below are responses from client satisfaction surveys that demonstrate that by putting their hearts into what they do the staff at CLSMF truly do make a difference in the lives of their clients.
“I can’t thank Ms. Pines and CLSMF enough for handling my case. There was no way I could have afforded legal services. I was so scared and I found peace with Ms. Pines’ help.”
~ Flagler County Client Survey
“I can not thank you enough for your help. I felt safe and protected and at ease on one of the worst, hardest day of my life. You have my eternal gratitude.”
~ Volusia County Client
“I was very happy with the assistance and support I received from CLSMF at a time I really needed it. I would recommend your office to anyone needing help. It’s a very necessary service to the community. Very helpful and supportive.”
~ Hernando County Client Survey
"On behalf of me and my family, as well as my community, I’d like to thank the staff at Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida. Everyone was very polite and thorough, and we would like to especially thank Kimberly Sanchez for her expertise on community legal rights. If there is anything that I can do in the future to see to it that this establishment continues to help communities, please don’t hesitate to call, write or email me.”
~ Orange County Client Letter
“I was treated with great respect and deep consideration and received excellent support...Thank you.”
~ Brevard County Client Survey
Pro Bono Attorney of the Month William “Bill” Bosch
William Bosch has spent a lifetime volunteering in the communities where he has lived. In 2002 Mr. Bosch and his family moved to Volusia County. He and his family began volunteering with Volusia County Parks and Recreation, assisting with events and activities that were held to benefit children and citizens of their new home. Prior to his move to Volusia County he did pro bono work with Broward Lawyers Care.
Mr. Bosch began volunteering with Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) in 2008 and has provided advice, pro se assistance and full representation to our low income clients. During 2012, Mr. Bosch donated more than 200 hours of pro bono assistance and was the 2012 recipient of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award.
He was also recognized in 2009, 2010 and 2011 for his outstanding pro bono services to our program.
Learn more about William Bosch here