Matthew Haan Joins Investor Advocacy Clinic

Matthew Haan joined the Investor Advocacy Clinic for the fall 2018 semester.

A graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South with a degree in history, Haan hopes to practice in commercial litigation upon graduation in May 2019.

Haan joined the clinic because “it is a unique opportunity that allows law students to gain valuable experience while in law school.”

According to Haan:

“The Investor Advocacy Clinic is important because unfortunate situations happen to everyone.  Financial distress, like other bad situations, are not always the fault of the victim, and the situation does not choose its ‘victim.’  In addition, not everyone is able to afford adequate representation when something bad happens.  The clinic provides a valuable resource to those people.”

Wednesday’s Word: Bull Market

By W. Dowdy White, Fall 2018 IAC Student Intern

Have you ever been bullfighting? Odds are that you probably have not. Well, if you’re like most people, you probably haven’t jumped into a dangerous ring with a 2,000-pound bull and flashed a bright red muleta. If you have, whoa! I can’t believe that you’re reading this right now! This segment of our Wednesday’s Word series is about bull markets. Don’t worry, this term doesn’t describe a market in which you buy your stocks while fighting a bull. On the contrary, according to Investor.gov, a bull market exists at a time when “stock prices are rising and market sentiment is optimistic.” To put it in simpler words, a bull market is a market in which prices rise during prolonged period of time. Continue reading

W. Dowdy White Returns to Investor Advocacy Clinic

W. Dowdy White returned to the Investor Advocacy Clinic for a second semester in fall 2018.

White is a third year law student who is also pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Administration in the Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.  Upon graduation in May 2019, White will begin work at an Atlanta law firm.

White believes that the clinic is important

“because investors often do not have the means to employ an attorney to represent them in complicated FINRA matters.  We are able to use our resources and education to represent our clients.  We are also able to gain valuable litigation experience.”

White’s decision to return to the clinic was informed by his work the prior semester.  He says:

” I decided to return to the clinic because representing actual clients surpasses what you can learn in a classroom.  Practical experience is invaluable entering the legal profession.”

Lynn Mckeel Returns for a Second Semester in the Investor Advocacy Clinic

Lynn M. Mckeel joined the Investor Advocacy Clinic for a second semester in  fall 2018.  Mckeel was born and raised in Palm Beach County, Florida and lived in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and New Orleans, Louisiana before settling in Atlanta, Georgia.

She enthusiastically begins her second semester with the Georgia State College of Law Investor Advocacy Clinic where she plans to continue her investor education work and represent investors.  McKeel is scheduled to graduate in December 2018 and sit for the February 2019 Georgia Bar Examination.

When Lynn is not in school she works full time as a paralegal at a commercial litigation firm in West Midtown, Atlanta. She also leads a group of teenage girls in the Wilderness Works/City Camp non-profit focusing on outdoor leadership, habitat conservation, and wilderness skills such as hiking, camping, rock climbing, and kayaking.

She originally joined the Clinic to learn about available resources for defrauded investors and spread awareness to communities without adequate representation. Mckeel says “The Clinic is important to me because it helps connect the theoretical study of law with the real world practice and implications of law.  I returned to the Clinic because I love the client interaction and the investigatory work associated with researching the client’s claims.”

G. Kevin Mathis Joins the Investor Advocacy Clinic

G. Kevin Mathis, Jr., joins the Investor Advocacy Clinic for its fall 2018 semester.  A graduate of the University of South Florida with a degree in Behavioral Sciences and an MBA from Saint Leo University, Mathis plans to help people resolve IP and Corporate law issues when he graduates in May 2019.

According to Mathis, he joined the clinic because

“I want to help people who would not otherwise be able to obtain legal assistance.  Many investors suffer losses at the hands of their brokers, and they aren’t always able to obtain assistance.  I want to help them.”

Benjamin Dell’Orto Returns for a Second Semester in the Investor Advocacy Clinic

Benjamin Dell’Orto first joined the clinic for the spring 2018 semester, and he has returned for the fall. Dell’Orto is a proud University of Georgia graduate, with degrees in Mass Media Arts and Film Studies.

Dell’Orto is excited to get back to work in the clinic.  He says:

We don’t get a lot of opportunity to interact with real clients in law school, so clinic was a great help before my clerkship last summer. Though I was able to work with several potential clients this year, I’m hoping to get a shot at settlement negotiation this year.

Dell’Orto hopes to work in litigation when he graduates in May 2019.

Wednesday’s Word: Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)

By Edward Greenblat, Fall 2018 Investor Advocacy Clinic Student Attorney

Nobody likes writing out an IOU. But, if investors aren’t careful with their ICOs, they could end up writing a bunch of IOUs.

ICOs or Initial Coin Offerings have become a popular way for people and businesses to raise money or start investing. But what are ICOs? An ICO is a form of cryptocurrency, which is a “digital representation of value that can be digitally traded and functions as a medium of exchange, unit of account, or store of value.” In layman’s terms, an ICO is electronic money that can be traded online. Continue reading