Students might soon have the opportunity to hire legal counsel for cases of disciplinary misconduct tried by the honor system — but one law firm already advertises help in some cases.
Chapel Hill’s Everett Law Firm now publicizes legal counsel on its website to students who have criminal cases that are being processed by both court systems.
Scott Eren, an attorney at the firm, said the firm wants to help students with how they present themselves.
HONOR COURT BILL
An N.C. House bill could change what legal counsel can represent students in Honor Court proceedings:
- The bill gives students the right to hire a licensed attorney for any type of proceeding regarding misconduct.
- Currently students are represented by only their peers in honor system cases
- The bill does not address representation for faculty
“Students can think it is a safe context to try to explain themselves, but the Honor Court can turn that information into the police, and the person is basically self-incriminating themselves,” he said. “There is no privilege of confidence.”
House Bill 843, filed earlier this month, would give students the right to hire a professional lawyer for honor system cases.