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The National legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) was established in1911, and for over 100 years has been providing high quality legal service and representation to those who may otherwise not have assistance of counsel. Student Legal Services is one of 13 sections within NLADA joining the organization in 1977.

NLADA – SLS MISSION STATEMENT

“NLADA-SLS is an international network of legal professionals providing its members support, resources, training and education to advance student success in higher education through equal access to justice.”

NLADA – SLS GOALS

  • Assure students’ equal access to justice
  • Protect the rights of students
  • Enhance students’ learning environment
  • Facilitate and encourage respect for the rule of law
  • Provide learning experience to students involved in the legal system
  • Educate the campus community about relevant legal issues
  • Support student recruitment and retention

NLADA –SLS VALUES

  • Excellence: Aspiring to achieve exceptional legal outcomes and service
  • Student-Centered Advocacy: Fostering informed student decision-making and development while fervently protecting student rights
  • Innovation: Implementing effective, efficient, forward-looking practices that meet the needs of students
  • Collaboration: Working together to serve and empower students
  • Inclusiveness: Promoting an environment where all feel welcome, accepted and respected
  • Professionalism: Aligning our practice with our mission, core values, and the ethical principles of the legal profession

CURRENT LEADERSHIP

  • President: Mark Karon
  • Treasurer: Carrie Wilson
  • Secretary: Jo Hardesty