College of Law » Clinics http://law.gsu.edu Public law school in Atlanta GA Tue, 02 Sep 2014 23:19:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://aeadmin1.gsu.edu/?v=3.5.1 Capital Defender Clinic http://law.gsu.edu/clinics/capital-defender-clinic/ http://law.gsu.edu/clinics/capital-defender-clinic/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:14:02 +0000 Emily Diffenderfer http://law.gsu.edu/?page_id=6482 The Capital Defender Clinic provides Georgia State Law students with an unforgettable opportunity to be part of a defense team for the Office of the Georgia Capital Defender, the agency representing indigent defendants statewide who face death penalty trials or are on direct appeal from death sentences. Students focus heavily on the real… more »

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The Capital Defender Clinic provides Georgia State Law students with an unforgettable opportunity to be part of a defense team for the Office of the Georgia Capital Defender, the agency representing indigent defendants statewide who face death penalty trials or are on direct appeal from death sentences. Students focus heavily on the real – and often tragic – stories of their clients’ lives as opposed to technical or arcane points of law.

Educating Law Students

Through this yearlong clinical course (three credit hours a semester), students help the capital defender attorneys make a strong case for life at trial and build factual and legal narratives that will lead to the reversal of death sentences on appeal. Students help by:

  • Conducting investigations,
  • Interviewing clients and potential witnesses,
  • Compiling forensic evidence,
  • Seeking documents,
  • Conducting research,
  • Drafting pleadings,
  • Formulating defense theories and
  • Strategizing each phase of the case.

Students also present mock motions arguments and jury sentencing arguments based on the facts of their cases.

Coursework and Time Commitment

Students are expected to commit to two hours of class meetings and 10 client work hours per week during the fall and spring semesters to receive the clinic’s total six credit hours.

 

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Prospective Students http://law.gsu.edu/clinics/investor-advocacy-clinic/prospective-students/ http://law.gsu.edu/clinics/investor-advocacy-clinic/prospective-students/#comments Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:39:53 +0000 Emily Diffenderfer http://law.gsu.edu/?page_id=4863

Course Information Investor Advocacy Clinic I (3 credits)

Prerequisite: 2.30 GPA and successful completion of all first-year courses.

Investor Advocacy Clinic students focus on the representation of small investors with claims against their brokers in FINRA mediation and arbitration. Under appropriate supervision, students will gain experience and knowledge in investigating potential claims, interviewing and counseling… more »

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Course Information

Investor Advocacy Clinic I (3 credits)

Prerequisite: 2.30 GPA and successful completion of all first-year courses.

Investor Advocacy Clinic students focus on the representation of small investors with claims against their brokers in FINRA mediation and arbitration. Under appropriate supervision, students will gain experience and knowledge in investigating potential claims, interviewing and counseling clients, preparing case documents, negotiating settlements and participating in the FINRA mediation and/or securities arbitration process.

Students also engage in community education and outreach to benefit potential investors. Participating students will have the opportunity, through live client representation, simulations and community outreach, to develop valuable lawyering skills and gain exposure to substantive business law issues as well as alternative dispute resolution methods.

Enrollment is limited and prospective students must obtain the permission of the instructor prior to registering for this course. Students who have completed the first semester of their second year (full time) or third year (part time) may apply to participate in the clinic.

It is strongly recommended that students take Corporations and/or Securities Regulation prior to or concurrently with enrollment in the Investor Advocacy Clinic.

Time Commitment

Students are expected to devote at least seven hours each week to client work and projects. These seven hours are in addition to preparing for and attending the course’s weekly seminar component (two hours) and a weekly supervision meeting with the clinical professor (at least one hour) for a total of at least 10 hours per week in the clinic.

Students may not average their hours by, for example, spending 20 hours one week on clinic work and no hours the following week. The total of 10 hours is a minimum to be met by each student every week. Because the clinic represents real clients with real legal issues, students may be required to devote more than 10 hours some weeks to meet their ethical obligations to clients.

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Client Information http://law.gsu.edu/clinics/investor-advocacy-clinic/client-information/ http://law.gsu.edu/clinics/investor-advocacy-clinic/client-information/#comments Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:36:57 +0000 Emily Diffenderfer http://law.gsu.edu/?page_id=4861 Georgia State Law’s Investor Advocacy Clinic provides legal services to small investors who may have claims against their broker-dealers but who are not able to find legal representation due to the size of their claims. Law students, under the supervision of a faculty member who is a Georgia-licensed attorney, will represent investors in handling disputes… more »

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Georgia State Law’s Investor Advocacy Clinic provides legal services to small investors who may have claims against their broker-dealers but who are not able to find legal representation due to the size of their claims. Law students, under the supervision of a faculty member who is a Georgia-licensed attorney, will represent investors in handling disputes with their broker-dealers that are subject to arbitration before Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Guidelines

Investors may be eligible for assistance from the Investor Advocacy Clinic if they meet the following guidelines:

  1. Your claim should not exceed $100,000.
  2. You should not have any major assets (for example, vacation homes, other nonretirement investments) other than your home, your car and the investments that led to the claim for which you are seeking legal representation.
  3. You should be a resident of Georgia or have been a resident of Georgia when the transaction giving rise to your claim occurred.
  4. You have not otherwise been successful in obtaining an attorney to represent you in your claim against your broker-dealer.

In certain circumstances, the clinic may make an exception and consider representing investors who do not meet all of the above criteria.

If you believe you meet the above requirements and would like to consider having students (under attorney supervision) represent you, email us or call 404-413-9270 to set up an interview with a student intern who will determine whether you meet the clinic’s eligibility requirements.

Do not provide the Investor Advocacy Clinic with any information you consider confidential concerning your case in your initial contact to the clinic and before we have made an eligibility determination. Information on our website is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship, and receipt of  or use of this information does not constitute such a relationship.

In your initial interview, you will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Contact information, including address, telephone numbers (day, evening, cell), email address;
  • A brief description of your dispute with your broker-dealer;
  • The name and address of your broker-dealer;
  • When the disputed transaction(s) occurred;
  • The amount of money involved in your claim (amount invested, damages);
  • Your household’s annual income;
  • A description of any major assets that you have other than your residence and your car;
  • The names, addresses and telephone numbers of any attorneys you have consulted about this claim and who have declined to represent you due to the amount involved in your claim;
  • Where you lived when the disputed transactions occurred;
  • Whether you have ever been involved in any other litigation or arbitration (including bankruptcy); and
  • How you learned about the clinic.

Investors are responsible for all costs, other than legal fees, incurred in an arbitration and/or mediation of their claims, including filing fees, hearing fees and costs of discovery. The client must pay these fees directly to the forum at the required times. Upon demonstration of hardship, the Investor Advocacy Clinic may be able to assist in defraying or waiving costs. The Investor Advocacy Clinic does not charge investors attorneys’ fees for its services.

The clinic lacks the resources to accept every eligible case. A decision not to take your case is not a decision about the merits of your particular matter.

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Investor Advocacy Clinic http://law.gsu.edu/clinics/investor-advocacy-clinic/ http://law.gsu.edu/clinics/investor-advocacy-clinic/#comments Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:33:09 +0000 Emily Diffenderfer http://law.gsu.edu/?page_id=4856 The Investor Advocacy Clinic represents and educates investors while providing a quality educational experience to Georgia State Law students. The clinic is made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and Georgia State Law.

Educating and Assisting Small Investors

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STU_BrowneRyan_IACPresentation Misc_Logo_InvestorAdvocacyClinicThe Investor Advocacy Clinic represents and educates investors while providing a quality educational experience to Georgia State Law students. The clinic is made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and Georgia State Law.

Educating and Assisting Small Investors

The clinic represents investors who have suffered losses resulting from broker misconduct but cannot afford or find private legal representation because of the size of their claim. The clinic will provide legal assistance and advice to eligible investors who may have claims involving misrepresentation, unsuitability, unauthorized trading, excessive trading (“churning”) and failure to supervise.

How to Become a Client 

Educating Law Students

Under the supervision of experienced faculty, trained law students handle most aspects of representation, including client in-take, interviewing, claim evaluation and preparation, settlement negotiations, and advocacy in mediation and arbitration before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Under the terms of the standard agreement between brokers and their customers, investors are bound to arbitrate most claims before FINRA. In addition, students will educate investors on ways to avoid broker disputes.

Learn More About Becoming a Clinical Student 

  • Meet Student Intern Brittany DeDiegoBrittany DeDiego is a third-year student at Georgia State University College of Law working in the Investor Advocacy Clinic for the fall 2014 semester. DeDiego has a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Affairs from the University of Georgia. “The clinic … Continue reading →
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  • Meet Student Intern Ryan CorbinRyan Corbin is a third year law student and intern in the Investor Advocacy Clinic for the fall 2014 semester. Ryan will graduate from Georgia State Law in May of 2015. Ryan majored in Finance at University of Georgia and … Continue reading →
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HeLP Legal Services Clinic http://law.gsu.edu/clinics/help-legal-services-clinic/ http://law.gsu.edu/clinics/help-legal-services-clinic/#comments Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:32:53 +0000 Emily Diffenderfer http://law.gsu.edu/?page_id=4854 The Health Law Partnership (HeLP) Legal Services Clinic is part of the Health Law Partnership, a medical-legal collaboration among Georgia State Law, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

Through partnerships with Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine, clinic… more »

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The Health Law Partnership (HeLP) Legal Services Clinic is part of the Health Law Partnership, a medical-legal collaboration among Georgia State Law, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

Through partnerships with Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine, clinic law students learn alongside medical students and residents, as well as graduate students of public health, social work and bioethics.

The experience teaches collaborative, interdisciplinary problem solving and reflective practice, which encourages continuous learning. In HeLP Clinic I, students develop skills such as client interviewing, counseling and representation, negotiation, research and drafting, and case management. HeLP Clinic II builds on these skills by allowing students to handle more advanced aspects of casework.

Under the supervision of clinical faculty, students work on cases involving childhood disability, housing conditions, education, access to healthcare and the drafting of wills and advanced directives. Our clients are low-income residents of the Metro Atlanta area, whose children are receiving care at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Course Information

Law 6090 is a three-credit hour course offered in the fall and spring semesters. Students develop basic lawyering skills such as client interviewing, counseling and representation, negotiation, research and drafting, and case management through this interdisciplinary learning experience. Watch a video about our students’ experience in the clinic.

Weekly class sessions cover substantive and procedural law, as well as discussions of specific case issues. Students meet weekly with their assigned supervisor to evaluate case progress. Students are required to complete an average of seven hours of case work per week exclusive of class time.

Work in the clinic will likely require travel to Children’s at Scottish Rite, Children’s at Egleston, and Children’s at Hughes Spalding. To work inside the hospital, students must be tested and confirm vaccinations for certain diseases. Clinic students must attend a mandatory day-long orientation session and sign an intern agreement. (Download a sample agreement.) Students will be notified of the date of the session upon registration. 

 

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Clinics http://law.gsu.edu/clinics/ http://law.gsu.edu/clinics/#comments Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:32:27 +0000 Emily Diffenderfer http://law.gsu.edu/?page_id=4852 Our clinics are an excellent way for students to explore focus areas and gain legal experience. You’ll apply theories and skills learned in the classroom and begin real legal work, even representing clients or working with judges. There are four Georgia State Law clinics:

Capital Defender Clinic

As an integral part… more »

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Our clinics are an excellent way for students to explore focus areas and gain legal experience. You’ll apply theories and skills learned in the classroom and begin real legal work, even representing clients or working with judges. There are four Georgia State Law clinics:

Capital Defender Clinic

As an integral part of real defense teams, second- and third-year students help Office of Georgia Capital Defender attorneys prepare indigent clients’ death penalty cases for trial and assist with direct appeals from death sentences.

HeLP Legal Services Clinic

Students build professional skills in a variety of areas by providing legal assistance to low-income children receiving health care services at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta facilities.

Investor Advocacy Clinic

Student interns represent and counsel small investors who are victims of broker misconduct and cannot afford or find private legal representation because of the size of their claims.

Phillip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic

The tax clinic promotes professional skills and training as students represent low-income people during the post-audit stage of their Internal Revenue Service disputes.

Clinical Programs

Bankruptcy Litigation, Negotiation and Practice

Students gain experience in handling consumer bankruptcy cases in this clinical course. Working with local practitioners and bankruptcy judges, students represent clients throughout the bankruptcy process.

Fundamentals of Law Practice

Learn practice skills and ethical decision-making through simulating the work of a small, general practice law firm. Course work includes simulation exercises and actual client representation of domestic violence victims in Cobb County.

Health Legislation and Advocacy

Develop your legislative advocacy skills by examining the process by which legislation becomes state law, including drafting, legislative organization and procedure, ethics and lobbying, and appropriations.

Urban Fellows Program

Top graduate students from across Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of City and Regional Planning meet and work with scholars and leading professionals to study and discuss issues related to urban growth.

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