Student Legal & Mediation Services
Sam Houston State University has an attorney on staff dedicated to advise students about their legal rights and responsibilities. This service is available to students seeking counsel prior to signing or entering into a legal relationship, as well as those who may be in the middle of a controversy, assuming they are otherwise unrepresented by counsel.
How We Help Students
- Legal Consultation
- The majority of our advising is in one-on-one consultation, reviewing individual concerns, discussing the potential legal issues and providing information on next action steps/solutions. Make an appointment today!
- Legal Speaker for your Programs
- Student Legal & Mediation Services is available to speak on legal issues, or recommend other expert speaker, for student organization meetings and classes.
- Student Legal & Mediation Services also offers mediation. This is a fast, economical, and confidential way to resolve disputes. If all parties agree, we can provide mediation for student to student, as well as student to community disputes.
All matters presented to Student Legal & Mediation Services are confidential. No communication is disclosed without the student's signed consent.
Upcoming Events Hosted by Our Office
60 Laws in 60 Minutes
September 23 and 29, 2015
We invite you and your colleagues to attend this informative live session on laws passed by the Texas Legislature that you should know to protect your rights and be aware of your responsibilities. The Legislature concluses its most recent session by passing 1,282 laws. We'll discuss 60 that impact you.
Some of the laws relate to search warrants, protecive orders, publication of criminal records, leaving a motor vehicle unattended, ignition interlock devices, debit card changes, revenge porn, landlord-tenant relations, expunctions, releasing student academic information by a public institution, and of course, the deregulation of hair braiding.
The sessions are on September 23rd from 12:00pm-1:00pm at the LSC Theater and on September 29th from 6:00pm-7:00pm at the LSC Theater. These sessions qualify for Professional Devlopment credit for staff employees.
Conflict Resolution Week
October 13-15, 2015
Art contest - All entries must be 2-D (e.g. paintings, photography, or drawings) and should depict conflict, conflict resolution, or peace in some form.
Artwork will be displayed and judged on October 13, 2015. Winner's art will be displayed in the Student Health Center. First place will receive a $300 gift card to Barnes & Noble on campus; second place will receive a $200 gift card to Barnes & Noble on campus; third place will receive a $100 gift card to Barnes & Noble on campus.
To fill out an application, click here. All applications and art must be submitted by 12:00pm on October 9th.
Keynote speaker - Jion us in the CHSS building, room 110 on October 14th from 6:00pm-7:00pm for "Beyond Settlement: The Art of Peacebuilding," presented by Joey Cope, Executive Director at the Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution at ACU.
"Art of Confict: The Murals of Northern Ireland" film and discussion - On October 15th, 6:00pm at the Walker Education Center, we will have a film showing and discussion. The film, which is directed and produced by Vince Vaughn, shows the murals in Northern Ireland and examines them as an expression of the region's violent history.
Donation Awareness Project
October 28 and November 9-10, 2015
Sam Houston State University and Stephan F. Austin State University are teaming up with Donate Life Texas, Be the Match, Golf Coast Regional Blood Center, Huntsville Memorial Hospital, Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility, Student Legal & Mediation Services, the College of Health Sciences, and the Honors College, to raise awareness of the thousands of Texans in need of lifesaving donations.
During this "Battle of the Piney Woods," student will be challenged to see which school raises the most support, including who has the most blood donations and organ donor registrations. Students will also be encourages to spread the word on social media to raise awareness.
The event will take place on October 28th at SFA's campus, and on November 9th and 10th on SHSU's campus. On SHSU's campus, there will be tables in the Mall Area from different groups.
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