The Investor Advocacy Clinic represents regular people in recouping investment losses. We help investors who have suffered losses resulting from broker misconduct but cannot afford or find private legal representation because of the size of their claim. We can help with claims involving misrepresentation, suitability, unauthorized trading, excessive trading (“churning”), and failure to supervise.
Under the supervision of experienced faculty, trained law students operating under the Georgia Second Year Practice Rule handle all aspects of representation, including client intake, interviewing, claim evaluation, complaint 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.
Our work also includes investor education and outreach. As part of an innovative partnership with the Georgia Secretary of State’s Securities Division, the Investor Advocacy Clinic is developing educational materials to inform Georgia consumers about securities and investing.