Students from the Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program joined in the Health Rights Clinic 10th anniversary celebration by offering a three hour legal ethics CLE program to alumni. PREP fellows Janelly Crespo, Katerina Oña, and PREP interns Vincent Calarco, Elizabeth Gil, Joanne Mason, Luiz Miranda, and Brian Vaca covered a wide array of hot topics, including cyber security, attorney advertising, spoliation of social media evidence, angry emails, investigating jurors, and digital afterlife.
“Having the opportunity to discuss important ethical issues involving social media with practicing attorneys was an enlightening experience,” said Crespo.
“I truly enjoyed being able to engage alumni on digital estate planning, a timely issue that is both interesting and pervasive,” said Oña.
Describing his experience at the presentation, Miranda said, “The ethical implications of technology and cyber-security on the practice of law can be a complex topic. However, Professor Jacobowitz is a master at turning our presentations into interactive discussions. It was a great experience to present the topic to such an interested and engaged audience of professional attorneys.”
“The alumni were engaged, and appreciated our effort and learning about the latest developments in attorney advertising,” said Calarco.
“Presenting a CLE training is a unique opportunity for a law student to inform practicing attorneys on whether various courses of action comply with professional rules of conduct. I enjoyed speaking in a room full of attorneys about the various changes involving social media and ethics,” said Gil.
Mason agreed. “The Health Rights training was an extremely worthwhile experience. I enjoyed how candidly they spoke about their experiences.”
“The Health Rights Clinic training proved to be a high point for our program, where six of us had the chance to present to Miami Law alumni. It was rewarding to see that our entire group performed well and received positive comments from many alumni,” said Vaca.
PREP develops customized CLE ethics trainings thereby providing an opportunity for students to explore diverse areas of the law and interact with attorneys practicing in those areas regarding the ethical challenges that confront today’s legal profession. 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 and cases. The blog, Legal Ethics in Motion, may be found here.