Founded in 1996, the Center for Ethics and Public Service (“CEPS”) has educated and inspired more than 1,250 law students to serve communities as citizen lawyers. Its key programs are the Historic Black Church Program and the Environmental Justice Clinic ("EJC"). The EJC provides rights education, interdisciplinary research, public policy resources, and advocacy and transactional assistance to low- and moderate-income communities discriminated against by public and private actors in the contexts of the built and natural environment across the fields of civil rights, environmental protection, poverty law, and public health.
CEPS observes three guiding principles: interdisciplinary collaboration, public-private partnership, and student mentoring and leadership training. Staffed by Law School and University student fellows and interns under the direction of Law School and University faculty, the Center operates educational and advocacy programs in the fields of civil rights, poverty, and environmental law.
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Programs & Projects
LEGAL ETHICS & PROFESSIONALISM COLLOQUIA
Students and faculty present legal ethics and professionalism colloquia on the legal services industry (e.g., for-profit, nonprofit, government, and in-house) and related ancillary industries (e.g., accounting, banking, and insurance) in collaboration with leading local, state, national, and international members of the academic, bar, and bench communities.
Lawyers in Leadership Award
The Center for Ethics and Public Service honors leaders in the community with this award which recognizes leading members of the Florida bar and bench who are distinguished by their dedication to public citizenship and leadership. See stories/list of past recipients:
2017 Recipient: Monica Vigues-Pitan, J.D. '03
2016 Recipient: Charles Elsesser
2015 Recipient: Judge Darrin P. Gayles
2014 Recipient: Elizabeth Schwartz
“Miami Law’s Patricia Redmond to Receive the Lawyers in Leadership Award”
“Carlos Martinez Honored with Lawyers in Leadership Award “
“Miami Law Honors Centorino with Lawyers in Leadership Award”
William M. Hoeveler Award
The prestigious prize celebrates ethics, leadership and public service in the legal profession. See stories of past recipients:
"George Knox, JD '83, Honored"
“Miami Law Retains Hold on Affections of Florida Supreme Court Justice Fred Lewis, JD '72, Recipient of Hoeveler Award”
“State Attorney Fernández Rundle to Receive Hoeveler Award”
Awards Received by the Center
2014 Miami People, Miami New Times
2014 Community Recognition Award, G.W. Carver High School Alumni Association
2012 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award American Bar Association
2012 Innovative Service in Public Interest Award University of Miami School of Law
2009 Innovative Service in Public Interest Award University of Miami School of Law
2009 Exemplary Service to the Poor Award University of Miami School of Law
2011 Appreciation Award, Coconut Grove Ministerial Alliance, Inc.
2007 William Pincus Award Association of American Law Schools Section on Clinical Education
2007 Father Robert Drinan Award Association of American Law Schools Section on Pro Bono and Public Service
2007 Innovative Service in the Public Interest Award University of Miami School of Law
2004-2005 Gary Bellow Scholar Award Association of American Law Schools Section on Clinical Education
2002 Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society
2001 Arete Award Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics and Public Trust
2000 Seventh Annual Professionalism Award The Florida Bar
1999 Faculty Professionalism Award Florida Supreme Court
1998 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award American Bar Association