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NMSU Student Legal Aid attorney earns fellow award

The Board of the American Bar Foundation has elected Karl Rysted, New Mexico State University’s Student Legal Aid attorney, as a fellow.

Rysted not only works with individual students on issues such as landlord/tenant questions, domestic relations, sexual assault, domestic violence, DWI, criminal, personal injury, debts and consumer law, he also serves as the adviser for the Associated Students of NMSU, which provides Student Legal Aid as a service to NMSU students.

“When I found out that the state chair, a Professor Emeritus at the UNM School of Law, had nominated me about six weeks ago, I was pleasantly surprised,” Rysted said. “Then when I found out recently that the Board in Chicago had elected me, I felt quite honored.”

Rysted will serve as a fellow for at least 10 years and attend American Bar Foundation meetings.

According to the American Bar Foundation website, “The Fellows is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Membership in The Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Members are nominated by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.”

Rysted, who has worked at NMSU since August 2014, is a member of the Oklahoma and New Mexico bars. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Colorado College and law degree from the Oklahoma City University School of Law, where he also served as an adjunct professor prior to arriving at NMSU.

For more information on the American Bar Foundation visit http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/fellows/index.html. For more information on NMSU’s Student Legal Aid visit http://studentlegalaid.nmsu.edu.