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friday, march 9, 1973
lincoln, nebraska vol. 96, no. 85
Student lawyer legality tops ASUN debates
During the Abel Hall debate Freudenburg let up
somewhat in his criticism. He said UP was
"interested" in the plan, but "we'd rather be a little
bit conservative on this one than promise something
we can't deliver."
During the afternoon debate Freudenburg had said
the GOYA plan was "probably not legal, and even if
it's legal it's probably not ethical, and even it it's
ethical it's probably not practical."
GOYA first vice-presidential candidate Mark
Hoeger, the party's expert on the proposal, denied
not having done his homework. "We've been working
on this proposal a long time," he said, "and all out
research shows it's feasible."
Both parties agreed that the Nebraska Supreme
Court had a lot to do with their argument. They said
the state high court had accepted all the provisions of
an American Bar Association code of ethical
responsibility except one: the provision which
basically favored the GOYA contention that one
lawyer may ethically be hired to serve a group of
clients rather than an individual.
UP maintained that since the high court had not
approved the group lawyer concept, the concept was
probably unethical in Nebraska.
GOYA maintained that since the high cotfrt had
not disapproved of the concept, hiring a lawyer to
serve all UNL students was probably ethical.
GOYA said a student lawyer could serve as a free
legal adviser to students whenever he could do so
without causing a conflict of interest. The lawyer
would also serve as an expert adviser to student
Freudenburg said the arrangement would be
unethical because ethically a lawyer should be able to
choose his individual clients, and each client should
be able to choose his own lawyer. Each would be
forced on the other in the ASUN plan.
GOYA and UP agreed at the evening debate that
only the Nebraska Supreme Court could answer the
Freudenburg also criticized the plan as too
costly-up to $20,000 of a $40,000 ASUN budget.
Hoeger admitted "it is an expensive procedure,"
but said there was enough money left over in the
ASUN budget this year alone for a "pilot program."
Freudenburg emphasized that UP was "not against
an ethical, legal program of student legal aid." But he
said plans such as attracting a panel of lawyers to
work for students at low rates would be more clearly
ethical and legal.
And yes, Willie Wonka's life is in danger, intoned
SLPP's Mason: there is an evil force lurking about
trying to turn him into a Frito's corn chip.
Would hiring a lawyer to serve ASUN and UNL
students place the University at the head of a national
trend, or would it be illegal and unethical, not to
And will there be and attempt on the life of Willie
These were the main questions set before UNL
students as candidates in the upcoming ASUN
election held their first debate in the Nebraska Union
The first question was wrangled over for most of
the two-hour afternoon confrontation and on into
the evening at an Abel Hall debate by executive
candidates of the Get Off Your Apathy (GOYA)
party and the Unity and Progress (UP) party.
The fate of "Willie Wonka"-Surrealist Light
People's party (SLPP) first vice-presidential candidate
John Michael McCarty was of concern mainly to
SLPP presidential candidate Jack Mason and a few
vocal supporters in an audience which swelled to
about 300 during Mason's opening attack on androids
("low-budget mechanical creations"), and dwindled
to about 100 as the debate proceeded to more serious
The only serious conflict of the afternoon arose
over the student lawyer who could give legal advice to
ASUN and individual students, and with UP
presidential candidate Bill Freudenburg denouncing
the plan while accusing GOYA of "not doing enough
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ASUN presidential hopefuls . . . Bill Freudenburg, (left), Shaman Jack Mason and Ann Henry clashed at a candidates'
back AIM goals
The United Minorities and Concerned Peoples'
Organization announced plans Thursday night to
support and take part in a march from the State
Historical Society to the state-house today at 11 a.m.
According to Rick Williams of the Council of
American Indian Students, the purpose "is to support
the Oglala Sioux People at Wounded Knee, S.D. for
the right of self-determination."
Ago Sheridan, state coordinator for the American
Indian Movement (AIM) and an organizer of the
demonstration, said members from four regional AIM
organizations are expected to be present at the
demonstration. Groups from Lincoln, Omaha,
Winnebago and Macy are included, he said.
The United Minorities and Concerned Peoples'
Organization was forrned Thursday night to support
the demonstration. The group includes Whites,
Blacks, Indians and Chicanos from the campus and
-the Lincoln area.
The organization will be manning a booth today in
the Nebraska Union in an effort to gain support for
the demonstration and the Indians occupying
Sheridan did not say whether there would be any
effort to talk to anyone at the statehouse.
, During the Thursday session, legislators voted to
adjourn until Monday so will not be in session when
the group arrives at the Capitol. Sheridan also said
there "is no violence planned at all." He later added
that if there is violence "we wouldn't start it."
Starting at the State Historical Society is an
attempt to bring to the public's attention the many
Indian artifacts that are on display there, he said.
Sheridan explained that these artifacts have been
stolen or bought and have special significance to the
One of the articles which he said should not be on
display is a "Holy Bundle." It has been exhibited
several years, he said.
Holy burial grounds have been dug up and the
artifacts from them also have been taken without the
consent of the Indians, he said.
Although there was some talk of a caravan leaving
for Wounded Knee after the demonstration, leaders
declined to confirm the report.
There has been no effort to recruit people to go up
to Wounded Knee, according to Williams.
"What they (Wounded Knee occupants) need is
support on the outside," he said.
The leadership of the United Minorities and
Concerned Peoples' Organization is Faye Zollicoffer,
representing UNL black students; Dan Ladey,
representing some white students; Jose Cervantes,
chicano students and Rick Williams of the Indian
Mom, apple pie,
The Daily Nebraskan has earned an all-american
rating for the fall, 1972, issues, placing it in the top
30 per cent of college newspapers in the U.S.
It is the third superior rating awarded the paper in
the last three semesters of publication. A professional
judged the Daily Nebraskan and more than 3,200
other school publications for the Associated
Collegiate Press at the University of Minnesota School
of Journalism in Minneapolis.
The Daily Nebraskan earned marks of distinction
in writing and editing, editorial leadership, physical
appearance and photography.
Judges' comments included:
"Your writing shows a flair for including major
points without bogging down in details.
"The editorial writing shows you aren't afraid to
speak up and letters show you are listened to and
"Your approach to make up and photography is
The executive staff for last fall was Jim Gray,
editor; Tom Lansworth, managing editor; and Randy
beam, news editor.
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