Office of Legal Affairs
Meet the Staff
Laverne Lewis Gaskins serves as in-house counsel for Valdosta State University in her position as University Attorney.
Ms. Gaskins earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with honors, from Valdosta State University, and thereafter received her Master of Education degree in Guidance and Counseling. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Florida State University's College of Law. Prior to beginning her career in education law, she was engaged in the private practice of law. Ms. Gaskins is a former Georgia Special Assistant Attorney General.
Currently, Ms. Gaskins serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of College and University Law, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the National Bar Association Magazine. Her articles have appeared in The Journal of College and University Law, Georgia Bar Journal, National Bar Association Magazine, and Diverse Magazine.
Ms. Gaskins is a Fulbright grant recipient (Hungary and Canada), and currently serves as a member of the Board, Campus Legal Advisor.
Ms. Gaskins is a member of the National Association of University and College Attorneys and the Education Law Association. In 2006, Ms. Gaskins was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Gaskins is member of the Board of Governors for State Bar of Georgia, and currently serves on the Florida State University College of Law Alumni Board.
Ms. Gaskins is a member of the Georgia Bar and is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the Georgia Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals, the United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia and all state courts of Georgia.
Ms. Helen Morgan currently serves as the Legal Assistant for Valdosta State University's Attorney.
Ms. Morgan earned her Bachelor of Liberal Studies (with a minor in Legal Studies) Degree from Barry University, a Master of Public Administration Degree from Valdosta State University (VSU), and has completed course work in the Doctor of Public Administration Program at Nova Southeastern University.
Ms. Morgan transferred from VSU’s Office of Sponsored Programs & Research Administration.