Investor Advocacy Clinic Evaluating Potential Cases

LAW_IACHave you lost money because of possible stockbroker misconduct?  Are you unable to find a lawyer because your claims are too small?  Georgia State University College of Law’s Investor Advocacy Clinic may be able to help.  Call us at 404.413.9270.  We are conducting intake and evaluating cases now.

The Georgia State University College of Law’s Investor Advocacy Clinic provides legal services to small investors with claims against their broker-dealers who are not able to find legal representation due to the size of their claims. Law students, under the supervision of a faculty member who is a Georgia-licensed attorney, represent investors in handling disputes with their broker-dealers in FINRA proceedings.  You may be eligible for our services if you have a claim of $100,000 or less, have no major assets other than your home and vehicle, are a Georgia resident and have been unsuccessful in obtaining an attorney to represent you.

The clinic lacks the resources to accept every eligible case. A decision not to take your case is not a decision about the merits of your particular matter.

Georgia State Law to Host Investor Town Hall With Five SEC Commissioners

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Atlanta Regional Office will host an Atlanta Investor Town Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at Georgia State University College of Law, 85 Park Place NE.

All five commissioners are participating and will explain SEC initiatives aimed at helping investors and share tips on how to protect investments. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear information directly from SEC leaders and ask questions.

“We are honored the SEC is holding the event at Georgia State Law. With most Americans responsible for their own retirement, this type of outreach and education is important,” said Nicole G. Iannarone, assistant clinical professor and director of the Georgia State Law Investor Advocacy Clinic (IAC). “Investors owe it to our future selves to learn as much as we can about our options and protect ourselves from risks.”

Richard Best, director, Atlanta Regional Office, and Wendy F. Hensel, Georgia State Law dean and professor of law, will deliver opening remarks. SEC Chair Jay Clayton and Commissioners Kara SteinMichael PiwowarRobert Jackson and Hester Peirce will then lead the town hall, covering topics including:

  • Choosing a financial professional
  • Investing in mutual funds and ETFs
  • Finding information about companies you invest in
  • How FinTech is changing your options
  • Protecting your Information in the digital age

Following the main session, the commissioners will hold break-out sessions on investing in small companies, saving throughout a career, evaluating mutual funds and ETFs, Bitcoins and ICOs and fraud prevention. Continue reading

Professor Vath Hands Atlanta Bar Association Presidency Off to Professor Iannarone

In May, the Atlanta Bar Association leadership transferred from Margaret Vath, senior lecturer in law, to Nicole Iannarone, associate clinical professor—the first time presidents representing a law school have served in immediate succession.

Before entering academia, Iannarone was in private practice that modeled giving back and encouraged leadership as a way to do so. At Georgia State Law, she found an environment that encourages engagement with practicing lawyers.

As its president for the 2018-19 term, Iannarone wants to capitalize on the Atlanta Bar’s strengths and the things that make people want to be part of the organization. Continue reading

Georgia State Law to Host SEC Town Hall on June 13

Understanding many of today’s investment products and dynamic capital markets can be a challenging task to even the most seasoned investors. That is why the folks at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission want to hear from Main Street, and they are coming to Atlanta to do just that. You heard that right, Wall Street is coming to Main Street.

On June 13, all of the Commission’s members—the Chairman and four Commissioners-will be hosting a town hall style event with Georgia State University’s College of Law. SEC staff will also be on hand to lead some breakout sessions on topics such as Bitcoin and ICOs, mutual funds and their disclosures, and investing in and raising money for small businesses. Residents in the southeast are invited to attend, and to those who can’t attend in person, a webcast will be available to watch remotely. Be sure to check for more event details.

Events like this, when federal regulators step outside the DC Beltway, don’t happen every day.  We hope you will join us in person on June 13, where you can meet Chairman Jay Clayton, and Commissioners Kara Stein, Michael Piwowar, Robert Jackson and Hester Peirce, and that you will also pass the invitation along to investors and Americans who you believe will benefit.

Investor Education Crossword Puzzle: Ponzi Schemes

Learning about investing should be fun!  Interested in protecting yourself from becoming a victim of the newest Ponzi scheme?  Read through this post and then test your new knowledge by working through the crossword puzzle that follows: Continue reading

What Kind of Investment are You?

At the Investor Advocacy Clinic, we believe in making learning about investing fun.  What is a more fun way to learn about investing than a BuzzFeed quiz?  No, it isn’t scientific, and yes, it is only for fun.  But your regular life choices mirror some investments, and you might learn something about investing from this quiz created by student attorneys Abigail Howd, Eric Peters, and Dowdy White.  Click here to learn what your favorite chicken nugget dipping sauce tells us about what type of investment you might be.

There, There, Clinic. It’s Not Really Goodbye, After All

By Ben Dell’Orto, Spring 2018 IAC Student Intern

That’s a little adjustment to a quote from the story of my generation, Harry Potter. In the scene, Harry is leaving school for the first time, and he comforts one of the friends he’s made, reminding him he’ll be back next year. The end of this semester in clinic feels the same in some ways, since I’ll be coming back for Clinic II in the fall.

The clinic this semester has been a great experience, first and foremost in giving me an opportunity to interact with actual people seeking legal help. We practice interviewing clients in some of our classes, but those don’t really provide the same experiential value as trying to find which follow up questions you should ask in the moment to a real person you’re talking to about their potential legal problems. Continue reading