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Attorney To Share Advice On Issues Students Commonly Face

Sept. 19, 2013
SHSU Media Contact: Jennifer Gauntt

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Andrew Jee, a noted attorney who practices law in Dallas, will discuss some of the “critical” legal issues college students may face and offer real-world advice for handling these situations on Wednesday (Sept. 25).

Andrew JeeThe presentation, sponsored by SHSU’s Student Legal and Mediation Services, will begin at 2 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 320.

Jee will use his own experience working with college students to tackle about 10 common criminal law-related topics students often face, from what’s involved in a minor in possession charge, to “what happens if police execute a search warrant for a my roommate but take my things,” to how students can get their record expunged.

“These are critical legal issues for students because if a student is involved in a criminal act, it can affect their standing at the university and it can derail their career and graduate school choices,” said Gene Roberts, director for SHSU’s Student Legal and Mediation Services. “The days of being ‘young and irresponsible’ are gone. The decisions that students make now—even so-called ‘minor’ crimes—have a huge impact on the ability to get a job that they’ve dreamed of.

“Employers are now asking prospective applicants whether they’ve been charged with any minor crime. Minor crimes are still crimes that take away focus and energy from studying, and we’re seeing that they can have a devastating impact on employment and professional opportunities,” he said. “Employers and professional licensing organizations are undertaking significant and detailed background checks on prospective employees.

“Knowing the law in situations that are common to college students can help the students avoid being in the ‘wrong place at the wrong time’ and help them focus on their studies instead of focusing on legal problems.”

Roberts said this presentation is important for students, not only because understanding your legal rights and responsibilities is important, but because many students experiencing freedom for the first time might not know the laws regarding some of the situations students often find themselves in.

“Part of the work of our office is reactionary because we respond to students when something happens to them, but if we can help educate the students so that they know what to do and what not to do, then we can help our students avoid situations instead of having to respond to situations,” Roberts said.

Jee is a graduate of Oregon State University and Southern Methodist University’s School of Law.

He’s licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and the United States District Courts in all of Texas’s districts.

“Andrew has an impressive history of representing clients who have been accused of crimes, including defending a college student accused of aggravated assault with deadly weapon and intoxication assault, defending an educator accused of sexual contact with student, and defending an individual accused of a fourth DWI,” Roberts said.

For more information, contact the SLMS office at 936.294.1717 or slms@shsu.edu.



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