Presenter to address legal issues surrounding students

Story by Chad Phillips

Lawyer C.L. Lindsay will be speaking about how students can stay out of trouble with the law at 9 p.m. Tuesday in McKibbin Recital Hall.

From presenting at over 800 colleges across the country and having work featured in U.S. News & World Report, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Washington Post, Lindsay has become one of the most prominent figures on law in higher education.

“I run a nonprofit called the Coalition for Student and Academic Rights,” Lindsay said. “All we do is help students with their legal troubles. And I wrote a book in 2005 called The College Student’s Guide to the Law, and sort of out of that, we realized there was a real need for this information.”

In his presentation, he will focus on issues with computing, from sexting to social media privacy. Lindsay said he will basically teach students “how to not be stupid online.”

“(Students) think they know everything about all this stuff, but they absolutely don’t,” Lindsay said. “It’s actual information they need, but I promise it will be entertaining. It’s as entertaining as it can possibly be.”

Lindsay also presented at Baker in 2010. Senior Lauren Williams was a freshman when she attended the event.

“He touches on a lot of good issues that are needing to be addressed in college, but he does it in a funny way,” Williams said. “He uses little clay figures and stuff like that, and so he’s talking about all the issues that are on a college campus, but he does it in a way that’s not so lecturing and scary sounding.”

Williams thought his creativity and enthusiasm made the presentation much more entertaining.

“He kept the energy high the whole time and he was very engaging and a charismatic speaker,” Williams said. “It was easy to stay engaged and enjoy the presentation.”

Student Activities Council, which is sponsoring the event, encourages all students to attend.

“It gives the students an opportunity to learn more,” SAC President Sierra Wallace said. “They may think they know what the consequences could be, but he’s going to actually talk about them, so you’ll actually understand them instead of just guessing.”