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Legal Services for Students director honored

Wed, 10/09/2013

LAWRENCE ­— Jo Hardesty, director of Legal Services for Students, was awarded the Elizabeth Berg Streeter Award at the National Legal Aid & Defender Association Student Legal Services Section Annual Conference this summer in Las Vegas.

Jo HardestyThe Elizabeth Berg Streeter award recognizes those individuals who embody outstanding leadership and commitment to professional excellence within the legal community.

“Legal Services programs across the country help prevent and resolve legal problems that confront college students. Here at KU we provide quality professional and confidential legal assistance while educating the student body of their legal rights and responsibilities,” Hardesty said.

Started by KU Student Senate in 1979, Legal Services for Students is funded through campus student fees. The office is one of nine departments reporting to the vice provost for Student Affairs. Hardesty manages a staff of four attorneys and up to nine legal interns. She has been the secretary/executive officer of the Student Legal Services Section since 1997.  In addition to legal representation, advice and counseling, Legal Services serves a large number of students through unique tax workshops.  



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