The 2014 Securities Arbitration Clinic

Director: Professor Elizabeth Goldman

The Securities Arbitration Clinic is a year-long course introducing students to the essential principles of securities arbitration and mediation. Under faculty supervision, students are assigned to cases referred to Cardozo by the New York Stock Exchange, the National Association of Securities Dealers, or the American Arbitration Association. Students serve as advocates for the claimants and conduct all phases of typical securities arbitrations, including case in-take, case development, and representation of the claimants before the arbitration panel hearing each case.

Students are competitively selected by faculty for this alternative dispute resolution advocacy clinic, and are assigned, under faculty supervision, to negotiate, mediate and arbitrate cases before the New York Stock Exchange, National Association of Securities Dealers, National Futures Association, and/or the American Arbitration Association. Students conduct all phases of the securities arbitration assigned to them, including: case intake, case development, discovery, settlement negotiation, mediation, and representation of the claimants before the duly constituted arbitration panels hearing their cases.The clinic is a unique opportunity to have a hands-on experience and to develop client-relation and mediation and arbitration advocacy skills.

Coursework includes study of the fundamental principles of securities arbitration, an overview of the state and federal securities and other laws relevant to typical investor claims against broker-dealers and clearing firms, and instruction on ethical issues and guidelines concerning all aspects of the clinic's practice.