Overview of Services

The Center for Student Legal Services provides the students of Ohio University with advice and representation for legal issues that occur in Athens County and that are tried in Athens County courts. We are staffed by two full-time attorneys who have nearly 50 years of combined experience in civil and criminal law. Our criminal defense attorney, Patrick McGee, represents students for misdemeanors, including underage possession and/or consumption of alcohol, possession of marijuana and/or paraphernalia, operating a vehicle under the influence, disorderly conduct, and trespassing. Our civil litigation attorney, Kimberlee Francis, represents students in tenant-landlord disputes and other small claims cases.  Our attorneys also offer advice and assistance in many other areas of student concern, including filing petitions to seal criminal records (expungements), what to look for when seeking off-campus housing, tenant/landlord rights and responsibilities, co-tenant or sub-lease agreement guidance, lease agreement and non-housing contract reviews, and consumer complaints. Additionally, we offer notary services.


Limitations of Services
There are some areas of law and circumstances under which the Center for Student Legal Services does not represent Ohio University Students. These areas and circumstances include, but are not limited to, family law, tax law, employment law, property / real estate law, immigration and visa issues, bankruptcy, copyright / intellectual property law, personal injury, circumstances in which the university is a part, and student against student issues.

Our Mission
Our mission is to provide the students of Ohio University with quality, affordable legal services and to help students reach a satisfactory resolution for their issue so they can concentrate on their education. We also strive to educate students on their legal rights and responsibilities as citizens of their city, state and country. We want every student to be aware of their legal rights and responsibilities to lessen the chances of needing an attorney.

Our Philosophy
The Center for Student Legal Services does not condone or encourage violations of the law. We believe that students are adults who are capable of making their own choices and they should be informed of their legal rights and responsibilities before making choices that may be against the law. We cannot prevent students from violating the law, but we realize that everyone makes mistakes and might need legal help in order to prevent one bad decision from jeopardizing their future. We also believe that students should be treated fairly and should be free from undue harassment.