Securities Litigation and Arbitration Clinic
Visiting Clinical Professor of Law Paul Radvany
Students learn how to represent clients effectively while working on compelling and complex cases. No prior knowledge or experience in securities or investing is necessary. In the Securities Litigation and Arbitration Clinic, students represent investors by bringing claims against brokers and broker-dealers. The clinic provides legal representation to investors who have limited resources. Cases are typically brought against brokers and their firms for engaging in unsuitable investment practices, trading excessively to earn commissions, making material misrepresentations, and failing to supervise. In many cases, students advocate for people whose claims represent much of their life savings.
Working in teams and depending on the stage of the case, students are responsible for: interviewing and counseling clients; conducting fact investigation, discovery, and settlement negotiations; legal research; drafting briefs; working with expert witnesses; conducting oral arguments; making opening statements and closing arguments; conducting direct and cross examinations of witnesses at arbitrations; communicating with arbitrators orally and in writing; and advocating at mediations.
Students leave the clinic having gained transferable skills, a greater understanding of securities' disputes, and an ability to make challenging strategic decisions.
Paul Radvany will be a Visiting Clinical Professor at Columbia this Fall. He is a Clinical Professor at Fordham Law School where he directs the Securities Litigation and Arbitration Clinic. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia where he teaches Trial Practice and the Federal Court Clerk Externship. Professor Radvany previously served as a Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division for the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York where he oversaw the Securities and Commodities Fraud, Major Crimes, and Organized Crimes Units and directed the trial training program for new prosecutors. He was also the founder and instructor of the Disability Law Project at Columbia Law School. He is a co-author of the Second Edition of Trial Practice, Carolina Academic Press.
Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Professor Radvany worked at Debevoise & Plimpton as a litigation associate. He also clerked for the Honorable Michael H. Dolinger in the Southern District of New York. He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and his B.A. from Columbia College.