PREP Students Present CLE on Social Media Legal Ethics to the Miami-Dade Law Alumni Association

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Left to right Jackson Siegel, Jacqueline Frisch, Tiffany Hendricks, Jerome Jackson

Left to right Jackson Siegel, Jacqueline Frisch, Tiffany Hendricks, Jerome Jackson

Miami Law’s Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (“PREP”) provides a forum for students to interact with attorneys regarding the ethical challenges that confront today’s legal profession.

Under the guidance of director, Jan L. Jacobowitz, PREP students, Jackson Siegal, Jacqueline Frisch, Jerome Jackson, and Tiffany Hendricks, recently presented a CLE ethics program at the Law Alumni Association’s Miami-Dade Judicial Reception. The program, titled “LinkedIn, Twitter & Blogs, Oh My! – Traveling on the Ethical Brick Road in the Land of Social Media, Technology, and the Practice of Law,” addressed social media legal ethics issues arising in areas such as legal advertising, spoliation of evidence, researching jurors and advising on medical marijuana.

“Presenting to such a distinguished group of Miami Law alumni was incredible,” said Siegal. “I am thankful for having such an amazing opportunity to participate in a conversation about the hottest topics in legal ethics with some of South Florida’s leading attorneys, esteemed judges, and legal scholars in South Florida.”

PREP Fellows Jackson and Frisch also had high praise for the event. “Because our content was so timely and new, our audience was engaged in a way we couldn't have predicted,” said Jackson. “That engagement was really what made for a great presentation."

“Everyone in attendance was inquisitive, reflective and animated, and this made for an extremely lively discussion,” Frisch added. “What a rewarding experience!”

Finally, PREP Intern Hendricks echoed all of these sentiments, stating, "It was a pleasure and a privilege to present before the Miami Law Alumni Association. Not only was it an invaluable experience to hone my oral skills, but it also was a unique opportunity to network with influential practitioners in the community."

PREP is an award-winning program, which develops continuing legal education 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. During trainings, students are often able to make a positive impact on attendees by prompting them to consider and reconsider their approaches to some of the toughest ethical dilemmas that may arise in the practice of law.

In 2012, PREP was recognized by the ABA with its E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award —the leading national award recognizing programs and projects contributing to the understanding and advancement of professionalism among lawyers and judges.