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Charles Grimsley

  • Hosted by Community Legal Services
  • Sponsored by Disaster Resilience Program
  • Service location Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Law school Florida State University College of Law
  • Issue area Disaster Recovery, Disaster Response and Preparedness
  • Fellowship class year 2023
  • Program Disaster Resilience Program

The Project

Charles J. Grimsley, (he/him/his) will be working with Community Legal Services to address disaster resiliency issues while assisting to build its Disaster Unit and to expand both public and government awareness of CLS’s legal services Community Legal Services’ Disaster Unit is in its earliest stage of development, so the Unit’s infrastructure, policies and procedures are in the development stage. Charles J. Grimsley and the Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator will be establishing a fully functional unit to serve the needs of low-income survivors of disasters. The Unit will also be interacting with other legal aid organizations to develop a comprehensive, coordinated state-wide plan to serve all Florida citizens.

Fellowship Plans

After meeting with other legal aid organizations and interacting with Equal Justice Works Fellows, Charles J. Grimsley will develop a comprehensive disaster plan for CLS with the assistance of The Disaster and Emergency Services coordinator; document the policies and procedures that will be used in the disaster response plan for both internal and external use; and plan an outreach program to educate Florida citizens and other local, county and state agencies as to the CLS legal services that are available.


As a court appointed guardian for elderly, incapacitated men, and women, Charles gained an appreciation for helping those in need who cannot help themselves. He believes that to help those in their greatest time of need is one of the greatest endeavors that any person can achieve. To include his service to Floridians in their time of need will be one of Charles’ greatest legacies.

To help another human being to resolve a life altering problem during their greatest time of need is one of the greatest experiences a person could ever hope to achieve.

Charles Grimsley /
2023 Fellow in the Disaster Resilience Program

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