The Students’ Legal Services Office is hosting a Student Rights and Liabilities Awareness seminar tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the LSC Ballroom.
In this seminar, students will learn what their legal rights and responsibilities are in criminal issues such as being pulled over with the suspicion of drunk driving. Dr. Jack Gibson, Student Legal Advisor, said criminal issues and landlord/tenant issues are the biggest problems students face.
“We want to get as many students as possible to learn their legal rights,” Gibson said.
Muhamed Dumbuya, Administrative Assistant, encourages students to attend tonight’s conference.
“It’s their money, they pay for it [legal services] and they should learn how to use it,” Dumbuya said.
The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with Jason Warren and Dean John Yarabeck advising students of their legal responsibilities on and off campus. They will also speak on student behavior surrounding the Sam Houston State University Student Code of Conduct.
Greg Gladden, ACLU’s Board of Director in Houston, will speak from 6:20-6:40 p.m. Gladden will discuss students’ rights as far as being stopped by police and when police come to search off-campus housing.
Huntsville defense attorney Paxton Adams, SHSU graduate, will speak from 6:40- 7:00. He will discuss when a defense attorney is needed in criminal cases and show students how to minimize the possibility of conviction.
Adams graduated SHSU in 1998 and attended the University of Tulsa and received his law degree in 2001. In 2003, Adam received a Masters of Laws in Intellectual Property from Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire. Currently, Adams works with Huntsville’s Moak & Moak law firm and his primary areas in law are criminal defense, general litigation, personal injury and entertainment.
An intermission with pizza and drinks will be from 7 to 7:15 p.m. Finally, a panel will answer students’ questions from 7:15 to 8 p.m.
University Police Department, Dr. Jack Gibson, and the speakers will constitute the panel.
Students attending the seminar have the chance to receive prizes. The first 200 students will receive t-shirts and those attending the question and answer panel have the chance to earn door prizes, donated by community members.
“I advise students to arrive between 5:30 and 5:45 p.m. to get a t-shirt and register,” said Mohamed Dumbuya, Administrative Assistant.
Businesses donating prizes include Domino’s Pizza for gift certificates; Town and Country Cleaners for a $10 coupon; Starbucks Coffee for one pound of coffee; H.E.B. for a $20 gift card; and Farm House Caf for free meal coupons.
“This is our first seminar on legal issues,” Gibson said.
Previously, the office produced a CD-ROM with all the information students needed on most issues students faced. Currently, students may pick up a booklet with the same information.
For more information about the seminar or other services provided, contact the Students’ Legal and Mediation Services at (936) 294-1717 or http://www.shsu.edu/~slo_stdss/legal/.