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 sec.gov/Atlanta 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

Check Your Privilege, Especially When Working with Clients

By: Michelle Wilco, Spring 2018 Intern, HeLP Legal Services Clinic

Virtually everyone benefits from some form of privilege. Privilege has become a “dirty” word, and people often get defensive about admitting to benefitting from it, but having privilege merely means you have gotten some benefit from an unearned advantage. For example, you benefit from privilege if you have access to clean drinking water. Benefitting from privilege does not mean you have not suffered or encountered hardships, or that your privilege outweighs your suffering, and it does not mean you are automatically prejudiced against those who do not share your privilege. Admitting biases, prejudices, and privilege does not have to be negative; it can be a positive step toward understanding from where those beliefs stem, learning how to recognize when those beliefs are negatively and unfairly influencing your decision making, and eliminating unsubstantiated stereotypes. In fact, turning a blind eye to privilege can have lasting, damaging repercussions. For example, there has been interesting research conducted recently about whether police training on implicit bias can effectively reduce the instances of harmful effects of race and gender bias in law enforcement.

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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

Discovering Health Law and Health in All Policies

By: Jobena Hill, Spring 2018 HeLP Legal Services Clinic Intern

The Public Health Institute defines the “Health in All Policies” initiative as a “collaborative approach to improving the health of all people by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas.” The purpose of this meaningful approach to policy making is to ensure that the policy developmental process is informed by the health consequences of the various policy options. Over the past couple of months, I have come to understand and appreciate the concept of Health in All Policies and how it relates to the lawmaking process, and the practice of law in general. Prior to learning about Health in All Policies, I never truly considered the health implications of policies that were not easily identified as health related, such as transportation or zoning.

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