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Seton Hall Law School Receives $250,000 Grant; Designated State FINRA Site

Professors_Maya_Grosz_and_David_WhiteSeton Hall Law School has been selected by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation for a three-year, $250,000 grant to fund a new Investor Advocacy Project – the only one of its kind in New Jersey. The Investor Advocacy Project will feature a full-year course that will be launched in Fall 2011 and will also include an extensive community outreach education component. 

The Investor Advocacy Project builds upon Seton Hall Law School’s growing Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program, now known as the Conflict Management Program, which currently includes four courses: Dispute Resolution Processes, Advanced Negotiation Skills, Advanced Mediation Skills and Advanced Arbitration Skills. In particular, it will integrate live-client representation and real dispute resolution experiences for Seton Hall Law students.

The Project’s primary objectives include:

  1. providing law students with substantial legal knowledge as well as live-client skills training in the area of investor advocacy and FINRA arbitration;
  2. representing clients with limited income or small dollar claims who have a dispute with an investment professional and are unable to obtain legal counsel; and
  3. providing investor education primarily as a protective/preventive measure to New Jersey residents with an emphasis on particularly vulnerable populations.

The Investor Advocacy Project is housed within the Law School’s Skills Curriculum, under the leadership of (pictured) Maya Grosz, Associate Professor and Director of the Skills Program, and will be taught by Adjunct Professor David M. White who will be the Director of the Project. Professor White is also the part-time director of the Conflict Management Program and a specialist in the area of ADR and commercial litigation. For further information, please contact Professor White at investoradvocacy@shu.edu or call 973-642-8084.