J.D., George Washington University
B.S., Northwestern University
Jan L. Jacobowitz is a Lecturer in Law, the Associate Director of the Center for Ethics & Public Service and the Director of the Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP) at the University of Miami’s School of Law. Under Professor Jacobowitz’s direction, PREP was a 2012 recipient of the ABA’s E. Smythe Gambrell Award---the leading national award for a professionalism program. Professor Jacobowitz 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, Mindful Ethics, Cybersecurity for Lawyers, and Attorney Fees.
Professor Jacobowitz also teaches the courses Social Media and the Law and Mindful Ethics: Professional Responsibility for Lawyers in the Digital Age. Her recent 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, Lawyers Beware: You Are What You Post!--- The Case for Integrating Cultural Competence, Legal Ethics and Social Media, and Cultural Evolution or Revolution? The Millenial’s Growing Impact on Professionalism and the Practice of Law.
Professor Jacobowitz is the treasurer of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) and also currently serves on the program committee and the national task force on attorney advertising. She is a co-author of Association Of Professional Responsibility Lawyers 2015 Report Of The Regulation Of Lawyer Advertising Committee and the Committee’s 2016 Supplemental Report, both of which are garnering national attention and discussion.
Professor Jacobowitz is 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. Professor Jacobowitz previously represented University Of Miami School Of Law on the Florida Bar’s CLE Committee and has served as the Law School’s United Way Ambassador for the past seven 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, Professor 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.
Professor 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. Professor Jacobowitz and her family have made South Florida their home for the past 30 years.