Roo News

The Student News Site of University of Missouri - Kansas City

Roo News

Roo News

Around 1 million people were estimated to be in attendance at the parade.
One Dead, Several Injured During Chiefs Parade
Zach Gunter and Jazlyn SummersFebruary 14, 2024

Update:   As of 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, the number of those injured at the Union Station shooting after the Chiefs Super Bowl parade...

UMKCDC regularly updates their practice schedule and have multiple sessions a month.
UMKC Dance Club Prepares for First Performance
Luis Marin, Staff Writer • February 14, 2024

The UMKC Dance Club wants to create a space for judgment-free dancing, one move at a time.      The new organization, also known as UMKCDC,...

The Rainbow Lounge can be found on the second floor of the Student Union.
The Pride Alliance Pushes for an Increase in Members
Manuel Rivera and Brenna OxleyFebruary 13, 2024

  After struggling to gain and keep members last semester, UMKC’s Pride Alliance club outlined their new agenda with plans to increase membership...

Valentines Day can be stressful for students trying to save money, luckily there are options to stay frugal and be fun.
Love on A Budget
Scarlett Gottschalk, Staff Writer • February 7, 2024

  As a college student, spoiling your partner without jeopardizing next week’s groceries on Valentine’s Day can be hard.   Here are...

Members of TAASU at a general body meeting.
UMKC's African American Student Union Brings Community for Students
Amina Shaw, Staff Writer • February 6, 2024

  The African American Student Union (TAASU) works to foster a sense of belonging and empowerment for African American students by providing...

SGA considers new legal service proposal

The resolution would provide students with free legal services for a small fee included in tuition. (Law Depot)

The Student Government Association (SGA) conducted their first reading of the Legal Service for Students resolution at the end of March.

The resolution asks for a clinic to provide legal services to UMKC students for issues such as misdemeanors, taxes and immigration, as well as preventing and resolving other problems students encounter.

Other services could include representation in landlord/tenant and consumer cases within Jackson County, notary services, family legal advice, and educational workshops regarding students’ legal rights and responsibilities.

“Students do often run into situations where they maybe had troubles with landlords that could be solved much easier than they expect,” said SGA senator Ryan Head, co-author of the resolution. “It would be nice if they knew they could go somewhere on campus and talk to someone who could help them out.”

Legal services would be provided by attorneys, aid from other clinics, advisory boards or Rule (13) students, law students who’ve acquired enough credit hours to legally represent someone in court under the guidance of a licensed attorney.

Though the SGA cannot control financial fees, the resolution estimates the rate of the clinic’s budget to be around $10 per student, a fee which would come from their tuition. Currently enrolled students who have paid tuition and campus fees would meet the requirements to receive the clinic’s assistance at no additional cost.

Though UMKC’s School of Law already has a self-help clinic that provides legal information and advice, it only allows for a limited range of legal representation and referral for certain civil matters.

“[The resolution] is pretty aspirational,” Head said. “What we would really like to do is start a conversation and ultimately aim to narrow this down to a handful of legal services.”

Still a work in progress, the proposal will be brought back before the senate later this month.

[email protected]

Leave a Comment
Donate to Roo News

Your donation will support the student journalists of University of Missouri - Kansas City. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
About the Contributor
Claire Powell, Staff Writer
Donate to Roo News

Comments (0)

All Roo News Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *