15 minutes of shame: Student rights expert to talk on the dangers of social media

Logan Rahlfs / Sun Star Reporter
March 27, 2012

C.L. Lindsey

C.L. Lindsey – lawyer, writer, activist and students-rights champion –  will speak about student rights and accountability in an increasingly public world.

“I’m sort of an expert in how kids get in trouble, so I’m going to cover a lot of the ways people get in trouble, online including downloading music, sexting, Facebook, plagiarism, and things like that,” Lindsey said in a phone interview. He promised the lecture to be funny and entertaining.  “I will teach how to stay out of trouble, how not to not get a job, particularly a whole lot of practices that can be put into place about how not to be stupid online,” he said.

Lindsey, an attorney in New York City, left his practice to start the Coalition for Student and Academic Rights (CO-STAR) in 1998. He has since been touring the country speaking at lectures, giving advice. Lindsay also teaches courses in law and literature at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lindsey is known for authoring “The College Student’s Guide to the Law,” released in 2005. He was named the “Campus Activities Readers Choice Award” Best Speaker runner-up in 2009 and 2010.

Also voted America’s Best Campus Artist 2010 runner-up, “C.L.’s lecture, Alcohol, Parties, & the Law” won 2011 Best Educational Program by the National Residence Hall Honorary at Christopher Newport University.

“I have all sorts of pictures of kids from the last couple of years that have put stupid stuff up on Facebook – kids smoking bongs and all that horrible stuff,” Lindsey said. “The number one way kids are getting into trouble today is through the internet. I see thousands of cases each year because of the dumb stuff kids are posting online.”

The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. March 27 in the UAF Wood Center Ballroom. The talk is free of charge and open to the public.

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