Jan L. Jacobowitz
Lecturer in Law and Director of the Professional
Responsibility and Ethics Program
J.D., George Washington University
B.S., Northwestern University
Telephone: 305-284-8564 | Office: D-333
Jan L. Jacobowitz is a Lecturer in Law and the Director of the Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program (PREP) at the University of Miami's School of Law. Under Jan's direction, PREP was a 2012 recipient of the ABA's E Smythe Gambrell Award – the leading national award for a professionalism program. Jan has presented dozens of PREP Ethics CLE Seminars and has been a featured speaker or panelist on topics such as Legal Ethics in Social Media and Advertising, Lawyer's First Amendment Rights, and Cultural Awareness in the Practice of Law.
Jan co-developed and teaches Mindful Ethics: Professional Responsibility for Lawyers in the Digital Age, which served as the catalyst for the book that she co-authored, Mindfulness & Professional Responsibility – Incorporating Mindfulness into the Law School Curriculum. She has also taught Administrative Law, and Government & Ethics. During the summer, Jan directs the Summer Public Interest Program and teaches a Public Interest Law Seminar. She also supervises students' research and writing participation in the ADL Summer Associate Program.
Jan is on the board of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) and serves as APRL's special liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism. Jan is also the Vice Chairman of the Broward Selection/Oversight Committee for the Inspector General's Office. She is a member of the ADL Civil Rights Committee and the Miami Dade Task Force on Mindfulness. She has also served as the Law School's United Way Ambassador for the past four years. Jan is a 2006 winner of the Florida Supreme Court's Chief Justice's Commendation for Leadership in Judicial Education.
Prior to devoting herself to legal education, Jan practiced law for over twenty years. She began her career as a Legal Aid attorney in the District of Columbia; prosecuted Nazi war criminals at the Office of Special Investigations of the U.S. Department of Justice; and was in private practice with general practice and commercial litigation firms in Washington and Miami.
Jan has a J.D. from George Washington University and a B.S. in Speech from Northwestern University. She remains an active member of the Florida Bar and is a certified civil court mediator. Jan and her family have made South Florida their home for the past 25 years.
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Lecturer in Law Jan Jacobowitz in "Social media, tech took outsize roles in Trayvon Martin case" in The Palm Beach Post and in "Social media, technology drove Zimmerman trial" in The Miami Herald, and in "Social media shaped Zimmerman trial start to finish in Bradenton Herald.
Professor Jan Jacobowitz was cited in the South Florida SunSentinel about Broward County's first inspector general receiving good reviews from the Inspector General Oversight board, which Jacobowitz currently serves as a member. Read article