By Abigail Warren, Fall 2017 IAC Student Intern
It’s hard to believe how fast this semester has flown by – it seems like yesterday when my clinic story began. While my time in the clinic has been rather busy, I can honestly say that it is probably the most valuable experience of my law school career.
When I first began this journey, I felt quite overwhelmed. I had not yet experienced this kind of engagement and practical experience in law, and it was exciting and scary. Thankfully, I had my team to help me wade through the unknown world of FINRA securities’ arbitration. I gained experience engaging with clients and drafting documents from memoranda to claims, but the most valuable skill I acquired from the clinic is how to think like a lawyer. The clinic supervisor, Professor Iannarone, was very hands on, guiding my team through the process with weekly supervisory meetings and an open door policy. She taught me to always keep in mind the end goal and to recognize the purpose and importance of each step. I discovered how to ask the right questions and where to find the answers, but most importantly, when to ask for help.
I believe the Investor Advocacy Clinic provides a valuable service to many claimants who otherwise would have little to no recourse. As a student, it is a rewarding experience to be able to help others and a respite from the monotony of many conventional law classes. Leaving the clinic is bittersweet. I was fortunate enough to have a great team, who became my clinic family. While I move forward with more confidence and skill, I will look back on my clinic time with great fondness. I will miss my team members and I thank each one of them and Professor Iannarone for the comradery and countless memories.