Meet Student Intern Alexandra Hughes

alexhughesAlex Hughes joins the Investor Advocacy Clinic for the fall 2015 semester.   Hughes chose to participate in the clinic because she wanted to gain real legal experience and interact with clients before graduating law school.  According to Hughes,

“The Clinic is important to investors because it is an opportunity for them to receive representation while giving students an opportunity to interact with clients and help them with real issues.”

Hughes is a graduate of Vassar College and plans to graduate from Georgia State Law in May 2016.  Upon graduation, Hughes will work in a litigation practice in Atlanta.

GSU Students: Interested in the Clinic? Apply today.

questions after presentationTo Apply.  GSU College of Law students interested in our Spring 2016 Investor Advocacy Clinic course should submit an application online.  Applications and all supporting materials are due no later than September 25, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.  Incomplete or late applications will not be considered, so please be sure to carefully read all directions and submit the necessary supporting materials.

Are you interested in learning more about the Investor Advocacy Clinic?  Be sure to come meet with us during the during the Experiential Course Information Fair on September 16 at 12:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. in the lower level.  Clinic representatives will be on hand to answer your questions.

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How the Investor Advocacy Clinic Prepared Me for My Summer Associate Position

By: Darius Wood, Fall 2015 Student Intern

dw workThe Investor Advocacy Clinic played a key role in preparing me for my summer associate position this summer. The clinic provided me with the forum to represent clients and practice law as an attorney would, but without all of the pressure that comes from the uncertainty of not knowing if you are doing everything right; we worked under the supervision of two professors.   Specifically, the clinic provided me with opportunities to refine my communication and time management skills. Continue reading

Meet Student Intern Bryan Rafie

Bryan Rafie joins the Investor Advocacy Clinic for the fall 2015 semester.  Rafie chose to participate in the clinic because he wanted to help investors.  A graduate of Southern Polytechnic State University with a financial backgroud, Rafie says:

“The Investor Advocacy Clinic provides access to information and advocacy for an area that can be a black box.  I know and have seen the savings and retirement funds of friends and family disappear due to bad advice.  I want to help investors in that situation who don’t have anywhere else to turn.”


Career Building: Law School Clinics are a Great Way to Start Building Your Professional Network Early

By Christopher Pugh, Fall 2015 Intern

pughA law school clinic is a great way for law students to network and make important connections in the legal profession. In today’s legal market, one of the big challenges for law students is getting enough work experience before they graduate. Students with work experience in their chosen area of practice will have an advantage in their job searches. But sometimes finding the right internship can prove difficult for students if they do not have a network of legal professionals to guide them, and most law students do not begin law school with such a network already in place. In addition to providing real-world work experience itself, my work with Georgia State Law’s Investor Advocacy Clinic gave me a great start on my own professional network, which led to a summer internship job that expanded my network further while providing me with invaluable work experience. Continue reading

IAC Welcomes New Student Interns

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The Investor Advocacy Clinic kicked off its fall 2015 semester with three new student interns, Alexandra Hughes, Bryan Rafie and Kelly Robinson.  Our new interns will join three returning student interns, Christopher Pugh, Jason Robinson and Darius Wood, in representing clients who suffered damages as a result of broker misconduct.

Investor Advocacy Clinic Shoot

During a day-long boot camp led by Professor Nicole Iannarone and Adjunct Professor Jason Doss, the new student interns received hands-on training related to their work in the clinic.  Students began collaborating and developed goals for the semester to come.

The student interns have since jumped into the clinic’s work.  Under attorney supervision, students are working on several FINRA proceedings filed on behalf of the clinic’s clients.  Interns also field calls and other inquiries, evaluating whether investors may have claims against their brokers.