Students from Miami Law’s Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP) explore diverse areas of the law and interact with attorneys and judges practicing in those areas regarding the ethical challenges that confront today’s legal profession. PREP students Danielle T. Gauer and Sarah J. Bujold recently visited with maritime attorneys at the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute’s (SEALI) Fall Meeting in Park City, Utah to present a CLE ethics presentation titled, “A Few Ethics Updates for the Admiralty Attorney.”
At SEALI, Gauer and Bujold discussed some of the many ethical dilemmas that attorneys may encounter in the practice of maritime law. In particular, the presentation focused on the ethical implications that may arise in legal blogging, preservation and spoliation of evidence, and the duty to former clients with respect to client property. The attorneys were led through a series of hypothetical fact scenarios where they had the opportunity to interact and engage in meaningful conversation.
“I have attended SEALI for the last couple of years and have always been interested in being a speaker,” said Gauer. “It was great to be invited to speak and especially rewarding for my professional development as I had the opportunity to speak in front of attorneys in the area of law I am most interested in practicing.”
“We really tried to develop a training that would get the attorneys engaged and talking,” said Bujold. “I think we did just that!”
Since the training, Chairman of SEALI, Julius “Sam” Hines, received many positive comments on the presentation from attendees. “Overall, it was lively and fun,” said Hines.
The Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute is an organization geared towards the practice of admiralty law.
PREP is an award-winning program, which develops continuing legal education (CLE) 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. 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. In addition to presenting ethics trainings, throughout the semester PREP students publish blog posts regarding the nation’s newest ethics opinions. The blog, Legal Ethics in Motion, can be found here.