Two generations of Elder Law Clinic students work to protect investors

Photo of alumni, Rick Fleming (JD '94) and Jenna Coogle (JD '15)

Elder Law Clinic Alumni Rick Fleming (JD '94) and Jenna Coogle (JD '15)

During summer 2016, Jenna Coogle (JD ’15)who was an Elder Law Clinic student in Spring 2015, worked in Washington, D.C., at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  She spent part of that time assisting  Investor Advocate Rick Fleming (JD ’94).  In 1993, Fleming was also a student in the clinic.  He was appointed in 2014 as the first Investor Advocate for the SEC.

Fleming’s responsibility as the Investor Advocate is to oversee an office that analyzes the impact on investors of proposed rules and regulations, identifies problems that investors have with financial service providers and investment products, assists retail investors in their interactions with the Commission and self-regulatory organizations (SROs) and proposes legislative or regulatory changes to promote the interests of investors, according to the SEC website.

Retirement income security is just one topic students learn about in the Elder Law Clinic.  According to Professor Kate Mewhinney, the clinic’s managing attorney, retirees and people approaching retirement are quite concerned about protecting their investments, if they are lucky enough to have any.