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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
MSSA

Student Attorney

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/mssa/services/student_attorney.html

Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Student Senate Office Hours:

  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - Noon
  • Thursday: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

 


The Student's Attorney

Students at Minnesota State University, Mankato have the right to free legal advice. The Student Association provides a licensed practicing attorney through funding from student activity fees. Offering legal advice to individual students and researching legal issues for student body governance are the most important functions of the Student's Attorney. The Student's Attorney advises and informs students and special interest groups at MSU on a part-time basis.

Community Education

The Student's Attorney regularly speaks to classes and confers informally with concerned-citizen groups as well as doing publicity-related activities such as radio.

History

The Office of the Student's Attorney has existed for about 20 years. It is available by virtue of a special section of Minnesota Statutes (M.S. 136F.57) authorizing the use of activity fee money for the hiring of student legal services providers.

Legal Issues

  • Housing - Deposits, leases, conditions
  • Criminal - Felony, misdemeanor, traffic
  • Consumer - Bankruptcy, insurance, sales contracts, debtor/creditor
  • Employment - Wages, injuries, unemployment, termination
  • Domestic - Divorce, paternity, wills, name change
  • Tort - Injury of non-contract nature, either negligent or intentional, such as assault, car accident and slander
  • Academic - limited - Financial aid and so forth are referred to a University red-tape cutter and grade appeals are referred to the Senate Academic Affairs Coordinator

To Make an Appointment

Call 389-2611 or fill out the Appointment Request Form . Feel free to stop by the MSSA office (room 280) in the Student Union to set up an appointment.

Appointments are necessary and can be made through the secretary. Drop-ins are not preferred because schedules are usually full. Special arrangements will be made when the adverse party is a student.

Make sure you bring your current fee statement the day of your appointment!