Florida Rural Legal Services

Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. is a non-profit law firm dedicated to providing quality civil legal advice, representation and education for low income people and communities. FRLS strives constantly to be a relevant force in the lives of its clients. Florida Rural Legal Services utilizes all forums and strategies available to legal advocacy, within the limits imposed by law to pursue its mission in the most effective and economical manner.

Florida Rural Legal Services has a unique history, service area and clients, all of which make fulfilling the mission of the program exceptionally challenging and satisfying.

florida rural legal services, inc. history


Florida Rural legal Services ensures equal access to justice  through aggressive advocacy and community partnership.


Florida Rural Legal Services is a non-profit law firm dedicated to providing quality legal advice, representation and education for low income people and communities

Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. was founded in 1966 as a private, non-profit corporation. FRLS provides free civil legal assistance to indigent families and low-income elderly people in thirteen counties of South Central Florida. FRLS also provides legal assistance to migrant workers throughout the state of Florida.

Currently, FRLS has 7 offices, with a staff of 55, including 21 attorneys. FRLS helps client with the following types of legal problems: Consumer, Employment, Public Benefits and Economic Stability, Housing, Elder, and Farm-Worker Law. We also provide services in such areas as Civil Rights and Family Law. Each year FRLS handles thousands of cases.

Florida rural legal services, inc. History

  1. 1967 -
    The Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), President Johnson’s agency which spearheaded the “War on Poverty,” funded a two year demonstration and research project to provide legal services to farmworkers in six south Florida counties. The new program, called South Florida Migrant Legal Services (SFMLS).
  2. 1974 -The creation of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) FRLS became an LSC grantee.
  3. 2005 -FRLS expended its services to central Florida.
  4. 2011 -
    On December 4th, the Board of Directors voted to approve the acquisition of the first real estate ever owned by FRLS. They unanimously agreed to the purchase of a commercial building in Lakeland tobe used as a new center for client services in the Tenth Judicial Circuit.

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