Jan L. Jacobowitz
Lecturer in Law and Director of the Professional
Responsibility and Ethics Program
J.D., George Washington University
B.S., Northwestern University
Jan L. Jacobowitz is a Lecturer in Law and the Director of the Professional Responsibility and Ethics (PREP) Program Program at the University of Miami School of Law. 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 has presented more than one hundred PREP Ethics CLE Seminars and has written and been a featured speaker or panelist on topics such as Legal Ethics in Social Media and Advertising, Lawyer’s First Amendment Rights, Cultural Awareness in the Practice of Law, and Mindful Ethics.
Jacobowitz also teaches the courses, Social Media and the Law and 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. Jan’s article, “The Benefits of Mindfulness for Litigators” was published in the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Litigation Journal and her chapter; “Mindfulness and Professionalism” appears in the ABA book, The Essential Qualities of a Professional Lawyer. Jacobowitz’s recent law review articles include “The Social Media Frontier: Exploring a New Mandate for Competence in the Practice of Law,” “Fidelity Diluted: Client Confidentiality Gives Way to the First Amendment & Social Media In Virginia State Bar, ex rel. v. Horace Frazier Hunter,” and “Mindful Ethics--A Pedagogical and Practical Approach to Teaching Legal Ethics, Developing Professional Identity, and Encouraging Civility”.
Jacobowitz 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. She is also the Vice Chairman of the Broward Selection/Oversight Committee for the Inspector General’s Office. She is a member of the Florida Bar’s CLE Committee, 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 five years. She 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, Jacobowitz 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; was in private practice with general practice and commercial litigation firms in Washington, D.C. and Miami; and served as in-house counsel for a large Miami based corporation.
Jacobowitz has a J.D. from George Washington University and a B.S. in Speech from Northwestern University. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Florida, and California and is a certified civil court mediator. She and her family have made South Florida their home for the past 28 years.
07-14-13 and 07-15-13
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