• Community Economic Development

  • FRLS and FAMU Law partnership has launched the CED Law Clinic. The Clinic offers free legal assistance to qualifying seed and early stage food industry entrepreneurs in need but unable to afford an attorney on their own.

    The CED program includes the Heirs’ Property Prevention and Resolution because farmers need land to cultivate their products, and probate expenses are an economic barrier in a lot of minority communities. The program provides services for the following and more:

    • Article of Incorporation
    • Assignment and Agreement to Assign Copyright
    • Business Formation, Tax planning
    • Commercial Contracts
    • Copyright & Trademark
    • Clear Title Actions
    • Drafting & Review
    • Employment Contracts
    • Filing Requirements
    • Financing Proposals and Investor Term Sheets 
    • Independent contractor agreements
    • IRS filing for EIN numbers
    • Licenses, permits
    • Local and federal law
    • Negotiation
    • Nondisclosure
    • Operating agreements, bylaws
    • Patents
    • Wills, Trust & Probate

    Contact Information

    Roberto Cruz, Esq.
    Director of Farmworker Advocacy and Community Lawyering
    Externship Site Supervisor

    Gaelle Colas, Esq.
    Staff Attorney
    Community Economic Development
    Externship Site Supervisor

    Courtney Stasi, Esq.
    Staff Attorney
    Immigration & Human Rights
    Community Outreach

    Farmworkers Hotline

    Contact us by phone 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    1-844-44FARMWORKERS (OR 1-844-443-2769)

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  • Client Stories

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  • Client Story

    When “Mary” (not her real name) finally reached out to for help she was distraught, she had recently obtained an injunction for protection against her husband due to the domestic violence and abuse she had suffered in her marriage. Mary desperately wanted a different life for herself and her two small children but did not know where to begin.

    Mary reached out to Florida Rural Legal Services (FRLS) because she knew that she had to end the abuse once and for all. She needed to divorce her husband but could not afford an attorney.

    A FRLS attorney represented Mary in the divorce proceedings where she obtained child support, exclusive use and possession of the marital home, a safe parenting plan for her children, and most importantly a new beginning to live a life free from violence and control.