Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program (PREP)

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 “It was great discussing cybersecurity with attorneys at all levels of the practice, and with different knowledge of the topic...cybersecurity covers a wide range of issues, and it was very rewarding to help address attorney’s personal concerns in regards to their specific scenarios, and how the Florida Board’s ethical rules, opinions and best practices would apply.
Luiz Miranda, JD '17 (pictured left)


The Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP) is an award-winning program which develops continuing legal education (CLE) ethics training for the legal community. The program combines the attributes of an ethics institute and an ethics clinic, and has dedicated hundreds of student hours to public service and has educated thousands of members of the Bench & Bar. Read more about PREP in the News.

Leadership

Jan Jacobowitz is the Director of the Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program. Under her direction, PREP was a 2012 recipient of the ABA’s E. Smythe Gambrell Award --- the leading national award for a professionalism program. She also teaches Mindful Ethics: Professional Responsibility for Lawyers in the Digital Age and Social Media and the Law. 

Benefits to Law Students

  • Explore cutting-edge ethics issues such as the legal profession's use of outsourcing, social media, e-discovery and technology
  • Customize programs and CLE trainings for bar associations, nonprofit legal services organizations, government agencies, law firms and corporations
  • Draft academic materials and presenting on-site at firms, agencies, and non-profits
  • Facilitate meaningful debate and networking with the local legal profession
  • Satisfy their writing or skills requirement and receiving course credit

Continuing Legal Education Trainings

Below is a representative sampling of organizations at which PREP students have recently presented continuing legal education (CLE) ethics training. 

 Bar Associations and Law Firms

ABA Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium
ABA International Business Law Conference
Bankruptcy Bar Association
Coral Gables Bar Association
Caribbean Bar Association
Cuban American Bar Association
Dade County Bar Association Professionalism, Ethics and Diversity Summit
Florida Association of Women Lawyers
Gwen Cherry Bar Association
Miami Lakes Bar Association in Ethics Training
South Miami/Kendall Bar Association
Spellman-Hoeveler Chapter of the American Inns of Court
White & Case Law Firm

 Government Agencies

City of Miami Beach
Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office
Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office
Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office

It was an honor to present at the County Attorney’s Office on the ethical implications of attorneys investigating jurors on social media...When I started law school, I never imaged that as a student I would be able to interact with the legal community as much as I have through PREP, much less present CLE ethics trainings to practicing attorneys.”
Dalisi Otero, JD '16 (pictured right)


In the News/Articles

See the latest news on PREP at the bottom of this page. In addition, articles have been written about the ethics trainings PREP has provided in the following areas:

 Securities Law and Conflict of Interests


WHY PREP?: Student Testimonials

“Creating CLE ethics trainings and presenting at bar associations across South Florida has provided me with a learning experience that is not found in most law school classes. PREP facilitates dialogue across a wide spectrum of the profession—law school students, professors, lawyers, judges, and legal assistants. Every student should have the opportunity to participate in PREP or a course like it and schools that do not offer a similar program should consider creating one.” -Danielle Singer, J.D. ’14

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"The rules of professional responsibility surrounding advertisement and social media are complex in Florida. It was extremely satisfying to see that all of our hard work and research had an impact on the Palm Beach legal community." - Justin Ortiz, J.D. ‘13

"I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the attorneys [at Legal Services of Greater Miami.] The great thing about the program is that it allows students to not only become knowledgeable about current ethical issues that are plaguing the community, but it also gives us an opportunity to interact with practicing attorneys and become involved in Miami's legal community. This sort of experience is invaluable to law students." - Courtney Daniels, J.D. ‘13

"Visiting FIAC [Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center] was an amazing experience. It was great to hear from the attorneys about their personal experiences with their clients in the day-to-day operations of the center. I will absolutely take what I learned with me to whatever job I have upon graduation." - Kelly Rains, J.D. ‘12

"Last year I had a great experience presenting to the Miami [State Farm law firm] office, but to be able to return as a PREP Fellow this year and expand the presentation into a national webinar was really rewarding. I think it demonstrates how well received PREP students are in the professional community." - Jill Martignetti, J.D. ‘12

"Interacting with the lawyers and staff at Catholic Charities revealed how the realities of working in a busy immigration law firm can complicate the ethical obligations that attorneys owe to their clients," - Amanda Hirst, J.D.'11