**This page contains important updates on our scheduling and meeting practices in light of COVID-19.**
The Lawyer Assistance Program provides students with three essential resources.
Lawyers are legal counsel. Being able to meet informally with an attorney provides the individual student the opportunity to confidentially discuss any of a wide array of legal problems in a safe place. This ranges from navigating immigration rules, to business formation. On the other hand, the LAP provides an avenue to appraise the student of their options if they believe that they have been wronged, or are the subject of a legal matter.
The LAP can have a preventative role, offering presentations regarding matters such as premises and host liability, or individual rights once one has been stopped or detained, or the Constitutional protections against unlawful search and seizure. There is also a presentation on understanding sexual assault.
Mitigation of Legal Charges
Lastly, the Assistance Program can have a curative role as well by working directly with the student. For example, through plea bargaining, charges are often reduced. Sometimes agreement can be reached to even drop charges after a certain amount of community service hours are performed. Also, sometimes there are paths to have prior charges expunged from the defendant’s record.
This program meets every Monday from 4-7 PM during the semester. Sessions are announced weekly in GSPCNews. Appointments can be made up to 12 PM on the Monday for which they are scheduled to occur. Walk-ins are welcome but priority will be given to those with appointments.
COVID-19 Update: Currently advisement sessions are being held remotely and as needed. If you are in need of legal council at this time, fill out the survey as usual and then contact the Director of Academic Programming, Maya Evanitsky, for further instructions.
Questions? Contact the Vice President.