Florida Rural Legal Services

florida rural legal services, inc.

history

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 to be used as a new center for client services in the Tenth Judicial Circuit.
     

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vision

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

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mission

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 23 attorneys. FRLS helps clients 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.