Georgia State University College of Law received a $250,000 grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation to open the first Investor Advocacy Clinic dedicated to serving small investors in the state of Georgia. Since 2013, Georgia State Law students have provided legal services and representation for eligible investors who have disputes with their securities brokers and brokerage firms. Clinic interns also provide financial and investor education for the public.
“The clinic offers a unique educational experience for students while also filling a gap by providing legal services to small investors unable to obtain legal representation,” said Nicole Iannarone, assistant clinical professor, who oversees the Investor Advocacy Clinic’s daily operations.
Students handle most aspects of representation, including client intake, interviewing, claim evaluation and client counseling. For those matters that move toward the dispute resolution process, the clinic engages in statement of claim preparation, settlement negotiations and advocacy in mediation and arbitration proceedings.