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Benjamin P. Edwards

Benjamin P. EdwardsDirector of the Investor Advocacy Clinic, Adjunct Professor
119 Clinic
610 Abbot Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48823

J.D. 2007, Kent Scholar, Columbia University School of Law; B.A. 2004, magna cum laude, University of South Carolina

New York; Michigan

Professor Benjamin Edwards earned his law degree from Columbia University in 2007. After receiving his law degree, he clerked for the Honorable Samuel H. Mays Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

In 2008 Edwards joined the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP as an associate. He practiced in the firm’s securities litigation group and litigated cases arising out of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. This included actions in federal trial and appellate courts in New York and state court actions in New York, California, Delaware, Massachusetts, Florida, Colorado, New Mexico, and Washington state. In addition to extensive Madoff-related securities litigation, Edwards served on a team representing financial institutions in matters related to subprime loans and the credit crisis, as well as in matters involving mortgage-backed securities and securities class and derivative actions. Unrelated to the financial crisis, he helped defend a bank syndicate against Securities Act claims arising out of an initial public offering and spearheaded investigations into suspicious trading activity.

Edwards also appeared on a pro bono basis in multiple transgender civil rights cases and in immigration matters on behalf of domestic violence survivors. In 2012, Sanctuary for Families recognized Edwards’ persistent work on behalf of an asylum client with the organization’s Pro Bono Excellence Award for outstanding pro bono representation and advocacy.

Professor Edwards joined MSU College of Law in 2012 as a Teaching Fellow with the Immigration Law Clinic. He was named the founding director of the Investor Advocacy Clinic in 2013.

Professor Edwards researches and writes in the areas of federal civil procedure, immigration, securities regulation, and securities litigation. He is a member of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association and the Ingham County Bar Association. In 2013 the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association recognized him with a service award for his committee work.

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