By Mary Ann Hanke, Fall 2016 Student Intern
Working in the Investor Advocacy Clinic has been one of the best ways to practice and develop my identity as a lawyer. Even before the midpoint of the semester, I had the opportunity and responsibility to conduct client intake interviews, analyze potential cases, draft a statement of claim, craft different theories of liability under the FINRA rules, and assess the amount of potential damages upon substantial document review. As student interns, the progress that we make in one semester can lead us from a client introduction phone call to an arbitration hearing, and everything in between. It has been professionally rewarding to be in charge of my own matters from the start and to generate work product that becomes the cornerstone of these cases.
Nothing is more fulfilling, however, than to realize how much of a difference each of the Clinic students makes in our clients’ lives. I’m proud to be a part of the Clinic and the work it does in the community.