Investor Advocacy Clinic
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
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.
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.
- Investor Alert: Excessive Trading at Investor’s Expenseby Hector Rojas, Spring 2017 Student Intern The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) and Broker-Dealer Task Force recently issued this Investor Alert to help investors identify excessive trading in their brokerage accounts and to educate investors about … Continue reading →News
- Alternative Mutual Funds: The Good and the BadBy Becky Clapes, Spring 2017 Guest Blogger The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy has recently released an investor bulletin about alternative mutual funds. An alternative mutual fund, also known as an alt fund or liquid alt, is a … Continue reading →News