Kathy Harward

Director and Attorney

Kathy Harward
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.

Penny Gonzales-Soto

Staff Attorney


Penny is a Colorado native.  She received her law degree from the University of Denver and undergraduate degree from The Colorado College.   She has worked at various non-profit organizations in Colorado and as a solo practitioner specializing in immigration law for 19 years.   She has learned over the years that immigration law intersects with many different areas of law.  Penny is excited to be at CSU and looks forward to helping students.

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.

Valerie Freymuth

Office Manager/Paralegal

Valerie McIntyre
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.