In fall 2013, the Investor Advocacy Clinic opened its doors thanks to a three year grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and support from the Georgia State University College of Law. Five years later, we continue our mission of helping regular, retail investors. What have we done in the past five years? More than we could ever have expected when we opened in fall 2013:
- Over 100 investors have trusted the Investor Advocacy Clinic and sought help in working through their problem with a financial adviser. We have provided legal services to regular investors worth over $1,000,000.
- We educate investors through hundreds of posts on this blog; over a dozen live programs to ROTC cadets, young professionals, and residents of senior communities; a Buzz Feed quiz; crossword puzzles; investor fairy tales and nursery rhymes; and educational videos.
- We advocate for regular investors. We have testified before the U.S. Security & Exchange Commission (SEC) Investor Advisory Committee about the role of securities arbitration clinics in helping protect small investors.
- We engage with the community. With Georgia State Law, we hosted the SEC’s Atlanta Investor Town Hall, the SEC’s first meeting with all five commissioners outside of Washington, D.C. since World War II.
- We look out for small investors’ interests. The Investor Advocacy Clinic has analyzed and commented on over two dozen FINRA and SEC rule proposals impacting small investors.
As we look towards our next five years, we thank all of our clients, the community, our partners, and our students for working with us.