Arbitration and Mediation Clinics

Arbitration/Mediation Clinics in California, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

Investors with limited income or with small dollar claims may find it difficult or impossible to hire a lawyer. Law schools in California, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania have established securities arbitration/mediation clinics to provide legal representation to investors who cannot hire a lawyer to handle their claims. If you cannot hire a lawyer to represent you, you may wish to contact the clinics listed below to see if they can help you.

All of the clinics are authorized to operate by the courts in their respective states. You will be represented by law students who work under the supervision of faculty members at the school. You will have to determine if you qualify for help from a clinic: some clinics will not handle claims above a set amount or if your household income is too high. Please check directly with each clinic for information.

Investors who live outside California, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania can request help from the clinics. A clinic may be willing to provide written advice about your claim and how to draft your complaint. The clinics are limited in the help they can give to out-of-state investors. Some may be unable to assist anyone outside their local area. Generally, representatives from the clinics cannot travel out of their local area to assist investors. If you live outside these states, you will have to check with each clinic to see if it can help you.


Benjamin N. Cardozo

School of Law

Securities Arbitration Clinic

55 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10003

(212) 790-0200, x6646

(212) 790-0256 (fax)

 


Brooklyn Law School

Securities Arbitration Clinic

One Boerum Place

Brooklyn, NY 11201

(718) 780-7994

clinics@brooklaw.edu

  • Each request will be considered on an individual basis to see if the law school can help.

Cornell University Law School

Securities Law Clinic

Myron Taylor Hall

Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

(607) 254-8270


District of Columbia Law Clinics

Howard University School of Law

Investor Justice & Education Clinic

2900 Van Ness Street, NW

Room G15, Notre Dame Hall

Washington, DC 20008

(202) 806-8082

  • Each investor request for assistance will be considered on a case-by-case basis to determine if the Investor Justice & Education Clinic can be of assistance to the investor

Florida International University College of Law

Investor Advocacy Clinic

F I U College of Law

University Park - RDB 1010

Miami, FL 33199

(305) 348-7541

  • Clients are generally limited to those investors whose claims are less than $100,000 and whose household assets consist primarily of their home and car.
  • Each case is reviewed to see if it meets the clinic criteria and the clinic’s ability to add additional clients.

Fordham University

School of Law

Securities Arbitration Clinic

33 West 60th Street

3rd Floor

New York, NY 10023

(212) 636-6934

  • Each request will be considered on an individual basis to see if the law school can help.

Georgia State University College of Law, Investor Advocacy Clinic

Investor Advocacy Clinic Urban Life Building

140 Decatur Street, Suite 326

Atlanta, GA 30303

404.413.9270

404.413.9272 (facsimile)

InvestorAdvocacy@gsu.edu

http://law.gsu.edu/clinics/investor-advocacy-clinic/

  • Claim should generally not exceed $100,000;
  • Investor should not have any major assets other than primary residence, car and investments that led to the claim for which representation is sought;
  • Georgia resident (currently or at time of claim); and
  • Investor has not been successful in obtaining legal representation.

The Clinic may represent investors who do not meet all of these criteria from time to time based upon the individual facts of the investor's case.


Hofstra School of Law

Securities Arbitration Clinic

108 Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY  11549-1080

(516) 463-5934

  • Claimant's annual income should not exceed $75,000.
  • The claim should not exceed $100,000.
  • Claimant should have no other assets than a house and car.
  • Claimant must have sought out representation from an attorney in private practice.

Michigan State University College of Law

Investor Advocacy Clinic

Legal Clinics

610 Abbot Rd.

East Lansing, MI 48823

517-336-8088 (ext. 6)

securities.clinic@law.msu.edu

  • Each request will be considered on an individual basis to see if the clinic can help.

New York Law School

c/o Securities Arbitration Clinic

185 W. Broadway

New York, NY 10013

(212) 431-2338

http://www.securitiesclinic.org/

  • Each request will be considered on an individual basis to see if the law school can help.

Northwestern University School of Law

Investor Protection Center

Bluhm Legal Clinic

357 E. Chicago Avenue

Chicago, Illinois  60611

(312) 503-0210

Investor-Protection@law.northwestern.edu

  • Client's household annual income generally cannot exceed $100,000.
  • Client's claim generally cannot exceed $100,000.

Pace University School of Law

Investor Rights Clinic

78 North Broadway

Preston 404

White Plains, NY 10603

(914) 422-4333


Seton Hall University School of Law

Investor Advocacy Project

One Newark Center, Room 429

Newark, NJ 07102

(973) 642-8084

investoradvocacy@shu.edu

  • Prospective clients must meet the following eligibility criteria:

    New Jersey residency;

    Combined annual household income of no greater than $100,000; and

    Claimed losses no greater than $100,000.



    The Seton Hall Investor Advocacy Project will evaluate each prospective representation on a case-by-case basis.

St. John's University School of Law

Securities Arbitration Clinic

8000 Utopia Parkway

Jamaica, NY 11439

Phone: (718) 990-6930

Fax: 718-990-6931

securities@stjohns.edu

 


Syracuse University College of Law

Securities Arbitration Clinic

P.O. Box 6543

Syracuse, NY 13217-6543

(315) 443-4628

  • Each request for representation will be considered individually to determine eligibility in terms of household income and amount of claim. Clinic may waive eligibility guidelines if investor cannot obtain legal representation.

University of Miami School of Law

Investor Rights Clinic

3000 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 100

Miami, Florida 33137

(305) 284-8234

InvestorRights@law.miami.edu

  • The Clinic has established general claim eligibility guidelines. Specifically, the prospective client's losses should not exceed $100,000. In addition, the Clinic has established household income and asset eligibility requirements. In some cases, the Clinic may waive one or more of its requirements if the prospective client is unable to obtain legal representation.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law

The Securities Arbitration Clinic

Professor Alice L. Stewart

Sennott Square

Room 5220

210 South Bouquet Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

(412) 648-1300

  • Investors should contact the clinic to see whether they fall within the clinic’s eligibility guidelines.

University of San Francisco School of Law

Investor Justice Clinic

2130 Fulton Street, KN 211

San Francisco, CA 94117-1080

(415) 422-5326

investorjusticeclinic@usfca.edu

  • The claim cannot exceed $35,000.
  • Household income cannot exceed $50,000.
  • Claim amount and household income limits may be waived if an investor cannot get a lawyer to take the case.
  • Focus is on resolving cases through mediation, but will also represent claimants through simplified arbitration proceedings.

Learn more about arbitration, how to find a lawyer who specializes in securities, and challenging an arbitration decision.