LARAMIE, Wyo. — Students at the University of Wyoming will have to go without free legal advice for the time being while administrators try to fill the position.
Legal services counselors offer a variety of advice and consulting to students about anything from credit card problems to collection issues, landlord disputes or run-ins with the law.
School officials say they have not filled the position since student Legal Service Attorney Betsy Goudey died this summer after three decades with the university. “It’s a tough position to fill because she was such an advocate for students,” said Michael Rotellini, president of the Associated Students of the University of Wyoming.
Dean of Students Sean Blackburn said the program is only designed to provide criminal and civil consultation, not court representation.
Funding for the job comes from student fees.
The state has appointed a lawyer to handle any student cases already underway, the Laramie Boomerang reported (http://tinyurl.com/jyueuyc).
In the meantime, the university is recommending other options, including clinics at UW’s College of Law.
“We have six clinics that not only students but the general public can use,” he said. “They’re run by students and overseen by a faculty member of the College of Law. They are limited, depending on the subject of the clinic.”
Information from: Laramie Boomerang, http://www.laramieboomerang.com