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Wednesday, October 10, 1834
Expanded scope inpraves program
Legal Services office
By Scott Ahlstnmd
Dai'y Nebrask&n Staff Reporter
Perry Mason glamorized the
field of law, Clarence Darrow
showed its controversiality, and
F. Lee Bailey its profitability. But
for a college student, a legal prob
lem can be anything but glamor
ous. That's where" the Student
Legal Services come in.
The Student Legal Services,
created in 1974 a3 a branch of the
Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska by the NU
Board of Regents, is in the Ne
braska Union 335.
A prepaid group legal service,
SLS provides free legal advice to
the 24,000 students at UNL.
Shelley Stall, SLS director, said
the magnitude of her job at times
"Our main philosophy thisyear
is to expand our services. But
with 24,000 students and only
one and a half attorneys (one full
time, one part time) you can't
serve their every need," she said.
"We try to disseminate legal in
formation out to them. We're try
ing to prevent legal problems
before they come up."
As preventive measures (SLS)
has provided a variety of legal aid
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On the other side of the coin,
Mondale probably should have
pressed Reagan on the president's
connection between battered wives
and abortion. Both candidates
sidestepped the abortion issue,
Sittig said. Mondaie emphasized
incest and rape cases. The candi
dates used peripheral Issues to
stay away from the central
questions all night, he said.
Mueller said he thought he can
didates gave some good responses.
Reagan's response on Social Se
curity was one of his best ever,
Mueller said. The professor praised
Mondale for drawing an impor
tant distinction between minis-
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pamphlets. The Student Legal Ser
vices Handbook supplies students
with a source of legal informa
tion. The handbook, prepared by
Stall two years ago, includes in
formation on landlord-tenant law,
car accidents, small claims court
and domestic relations.
In addition to the pamphlets,
Stall and Webb Bancroft, the offi
ce's other attorney, offer advice
This year the NU Board of
Regents expanded the program's
scope to include court represen
tation in certain cases. The office
however, will not handle a felony
case, or a case that generates
fees. Individuals seeking help in
these area.3 will be referred to
either the Lancaster County pub
lic defenders office or to other
Stall said she thinks the ex
panded scope is a plus.
"We can help the student
through the whole legal process
now," she said. "From an attor
ney's point of view, the program
we have now is a lot better. It
gives us more variety in our work.
And now we have the opportun
ity to work the whole case. Our
work is more fun when we can
see it all the way through."
ters who fight for civil rights and
minsters who try to bring religion
into politics. Mondale used the
Rev; Jerry Falwell as an example.
The professors said Reagan will
probably do better in the second
debate, which deals with foreign
policy. Reagan will try to emphas
ize a stronger national defense,
and point to a period of relative
peace, caused by strength, during
"Hell say Mondale has been dis
inclined to favor increased
strength," Sittig said.
Mueller said he thinks Reagan
will do better because he has seen
Mondale's debating skills and will
be ready for a tough opponent.
reaches out to more students
The office handles a variety of
student cases, with landlord-tenant
cases being the most preva
lent. "Landlord-tenant cases are
about a third of our work each
month," Stall said. "Forcing land
lords to do needed repairs is the
number-one problem. But, it's
closely followed by damage dep
The office conducted 00 inter
views in September and closed 69
cases. Four cases were resolved
through litigation, with all four
results beng favorable, Stall said.
The offices' work load fluctu
ates during the semester.
"We're usually busiest at the
beginning of each semester," Stall
said. "At the end of the semester
the students are concentrating
on their papers and their finals
and our volume of cases tends to
go down. Students have a ten
dency of putting the problem off
until the start of the next sem
ester." SLS is totally funded by stu
dent fees, receiving 87 cents per
student. Stall said the office re
ceived a 30-percent increase in
their budget this year and she'd
like to justify the increase with an
increased case load.
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"I'm pretty satisified with the
amount of work we're doing now,"
she said, "but I'm pretty sure that
we could handle a slight in
crease." Stall said students learn of SLS
primarily through word of mouth.
In an attempt to reach more stu
dents, she will be writing a weekly
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