Straus Institute Awarded FINRA Grant for Arbitration Clinic
Pepperdine's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution has been awarded a $250,000 grant by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation. The grant, which was given to four top dispute resolution schools, will establish a securities arbitration clinic at Pepperdine.
The securities arbitration clinic will provide legal help to underserved investors involved in securities disputes and will help fill the gap in representation for investors who have small claims and lack the financial resources to obtain legal counsel. Longtime attorneys and adjunct professors Judith Norris and Robert Uhl will oversee the clinic.
"If you're interested in representing investment brokers, this is the way to go about learning how," says Uhl, who has 20 years of experience in securities arbitration. "It's also a tremendous opportunity to provide legal service to the community. Many investors have lost under $100,000, which is considered a small claim. Lawyers often won't take their cases, and the investors often don't have the money to pay for legal counsel."
The securities arbitration clinic will join Pepperdine Law's four other clinical programs: the Pepperdine Legal Aid and Family Law Clinics at the Union Rescue Mission, the Special Education Advocacy Clinic, and the Asylum Clinic.