Colorado State University


We cannot respond to requests for legal assistance made by e-mail or by the web form on our contact page. If you, as a CSU student, are in need of legal information or assistance, please bring your student ID to Room 284 of the Lory Student Center to make an appointment.

Kathleen Harward, Director and Attorney

Kathy has practiced law since 1985, first in Los Angeles and then in the Fort Collins community. She’s been at CSU Student Legal Services since 2006. She obtained her law degree from the University of Nebraska and is licensed to practice in Colorado, California and Nebraska. She also has a masters’ degree in educational leadership from CSU and is convinced that the best kind of learning for people of all ages is through experience. She is a jack of all trades when it comes to civil law matters. Students know her to treat them with utmost respect and to do everything she possibly can to help them resolve their legal issues.



Forrest Orswell, Staff Attorney   

Forrest has practiced law in Colorado since 1998 and has been with CSU Student Legal Services since 2009.  He received his law degree from the University of Wyoming and undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado.  He has extensive experience in criminal defense law and is well versed in many other legal areas.  When not helping students with their legal issues, Forrest can usually be found on his fishing boat or roaming the Colorado mountainside.


Christine Carney, Staff Attorney

Chris has practiced law since 1981, first in Denver and Pueblo and then in the Fort Collins area since 1986, joining Student Legal Services in 2015 She received her law degree from the University of Colorado and is licensed to practice in Colorado.  Chris has extensive experience in criminal defense and was a Larimer County Court Judge for over 15 years with a broad exposure to many types of civil and criminal cases. When not assisting students, Chris enjoys traveling, gardening and swimming.



Patrick Mayne, Staff Attorney

Patrick has a past history of 31 years of legal work in private practice, group legal services, and government  work including over 16 years as Deputy County Attorney for the Boulder County Attorney's Office. Early in his legal career, he worked for student legal services at another university and now returns to helping college students. He is especially compassionate and skilled at helping people untangle and solve complex human conflicts and the legal issues that come with those.




Valerie McIntyre, Office Manager/Paralegal

Valerie is a Colorado native, a CSU alum and has been an employee of the University since 1989. She has been working in Student Legal Services since 2000 and finds her position very interesting with new issues and challenges coming through the door every day. She trains and supervises the student staff, assists clients with lease reviews and security deposit issues,  and is responsible for the accounting and day to day business tasks of the office.



2016-17 Student Staff: Allyson Berry, Olivia Cole, Seven Groenheim, Callie Harward, and Kyla Koury