Florida Legal Services (FLS)

Statewide, nonprofit organization founded in 1973 to provide civil legal assistance. HQ in Tallahassee, with offices in Miami, Newberry and Lake Worth.
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Primary geographic focus: Florida
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: FLS
Tags: Delivery Systems, Pro Bono, Seniors

A statewide support center, dedicated to ensuring poor people have equal access to justice, FLS fulfills its mission primarily by working with local legal aid and legal service programs to improve their ability to provide legal assistance to those in need in their communities.

Providing service delivery coordination, training, case consultation and technical assistance to all legal service providers in Florida, FLS also is the coordinating organization for the first in the nation comprehensive Florida Supreme Court Voluntary Pro Bono Attorney Plan.

See also the organization’s project, Florida Institutional Legal Services (FILS), which “dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights of indigent people in state custody by providing high quality legal services.”


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A Year After Hurricane Michael, Recovery Is Moving Slowly. Some Say Insurance Is To Blame

Regan McCarthy
WFSU (Tallahassee, FL)
October 9, 2019
Officials estimate there are still years of recovery left after Hurricane Michael slammed into the panhandle this time last year. But for many who are living in tents or doubled up in homes still in disrepair, that’s too long, and insurance companies are bearing part of the blame for what some see as a slow recovery.

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Florida changes hep C drug policy for Medicaid

Kelli Kennedy
Associated Press (AP)
June 1, 2016
Florida health officials are changing the state's policy for administering costly hepatitis C drugs to Medicaid patients and will now require insurance companies to provide the drug at an earlier stage in the disease.

Blog Post

Children Deserve Better from Florida’s Justice System

Cassandra Capobianco
Huffington Post
April 29, 2016
Once a child is charged as an adult, s/he is held in adult jail (often in isolation) and, if convicted, sentenced to adult prison.


Spring Break’s Cleanup Crew

Michelle Chen
March 25, 2016
It’s the worst time to be a hotel housekeeper in Miami. The rest of the year’s pretty bad, too.


Wanted: foreign workers — and the labor brokers accused of illegally profiting from them

Megan Twohey, Mica Rosenberg
Reuters News Service
February 19, 2016
Vast numbers of foreign workers come to the United States with the help of labor brokers. These middlemen recruit them for temporary jobs. But Reuters found that brokers also can compound abuses workers face even before entering America.

News Story

Review reveals problems protecting workers from pesticides

Jason Dearen
Associated Press (AP)
February 3, 2016
An AP review reveals that the pesticide-safety system designed to protect farmworkers is riddled with problems.

News Story

Report: Miami-Dade to face tough choices as federal funding for uninsured dwindles

Daniel Chang
Miami Herald
January 20, 2016
Florida legislators, meeting this month in Tallahassee, are looking down the barrel of a healthcare financial crisis for the second consecutive year.


Why does Florida treat unemployed workers so badly?

George Wentworth, Cindy Huddleston
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
October 1, 2015
Florida's workforce deserves an unemployment insurance program that is both fair and accessible.

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Tenants of dilapidated apartment file lawsuit against slumlord millionaire

Christina Vazquez
WPLG Miami (local ABC affiliate)
May 26, 2015
Three Miami families filed a lawsuit Friday against their landlord -- known as "Slumlord Millionaire" -- alleging a disregard for safety due to deplorable living conditions.

News Story

Grab the Rent Receipts, Duck the Scams: Activists Rush to Help People Qualify for Obama Immigration Plan

Esme E. Deprez
November 22, 2014
How groups are advising undocumented people how to take advantage of Barack Obama's executive action on immigration reform.

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