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The Society of Law and Psychology is a community service club designed to promote the scholarship of legal and psychology issues, said Paralegal Studies major and President of SLP Gabriel Roybal.
The club was established in the spring of 2013 and has monthly meetings, sometimes with guest speakers in the Jeannette Stromberg Hall Auditorium, Room 303, according to the CNM website. The group has had speakers in the past such as keynote speaker Kevin Dougherty, JD, who was a former military district attorney and judge.
“We basically are trying to find professionals in the field to come in and speak, usually once per month, to students who are studying criminal justice, psychology, paralegal studies and sociology,” Roybal said.
The chosen speaker comes up and talks for 45 minutes to an hour and then answers students’ questions afterward, he said.
“We don’t really have a membership; we just kind of invite students, and these meeting are open to the public, so we leave the door open and anyone who is interested in attending these meetings can join and ask questions,” he said.
Dr. Ron Yeo, who is clinical psychologist and has served as an expert witness, came in and spoke specifically about traumatic brain injury and how people accused of crimes with brain injuries are assessed, he said.
“Jim Johnson, psychology professor is interested in presenting a speech on auditory hallucinations, and he will bring a sensory device that essentially shows people what it is like to hear voices and sounds that aren’t there, which I think will be really interesting. He should be coming here to speak in September during the fall semester,” Roybal said.
Roybal said that the club has to be reapproved for the fall as a chartered school organization, and he believes they will be approved.
“Our purpose is to serve the community and to help students think about what they are studying and to take it to a deeper level and see some practicing professionals in their fields of study,” Roybal said.
For more information on the SLP or upcoming events, contact club President Gabriel Roybal, at firstname.lastname@example.org.