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Founded in 1996, the Center for Ethics and Public Service (“CEPS”) is a law school-housed interdisciplinary ethics education, skills training, and community engagement program devoted to the values of ethical judgment, professional responsibility, and public service in law and society. The Center's goal is to educate law students to serve their communities as citizen lawyers.
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 programs in the fields of ethics education, professional training and community service.
Programs & Projects
ANNUAL REPORT: 2016: CEPS 20th Anniversary Report
COMMUNITY-BASED WORKING PAPERS: See full listing
CHAPBOOKS: Oral History Film Project
2012 G.W. Carver: A Community School
2013 Someday We’ll All Be Free: The Desegregation of Miami
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:
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
DARTMOUTH COLLEGE ETHICS INSTITUTE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The Dartmouth College Ethics Institute Internship Program is an undergraduate program supported by the Dartmouth College Ethics Institute to educate students in applied ethics and the law. During their week-long residency at the Center, Dartmouth students attend academic seminars, conduct research, and participate in colloquia with local community groups, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, POLICY, AND SCIENCE CONSORTIUM
The UM Environmental Justice, Policy, & Science Consortium is a university-wide student internship program supported by the Center to train the next generation of environmental lawyers, scientists, and policy makers. Students conduct interdisciplinary research, draft policy papers, and collaborate with community groups, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies in field studies. Partners include Brown University, the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, Everglades Law Center, Miami Waterkeeper, Urban Environment League, UM School of Architecture, and UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
The Government Ethics Project drafts model statutes and resource guides for citizens, government employees, and government lawyers in partnership with the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust and other government agencies and civic organizations.
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.
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