Legal Profession Program

The Legal Profession Program includes both student-centered leadership workshops and CLE-oriented practice seminars in cooperation with Florida bar associations, federal and state courts, law firms, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Program highlights include Legal Malpractice and Law Firm Management Roundtables, the Lawyers in Leadership Award and Hon. William M. Hoeveler Award luncheons, and Legal Profession Colloquia with leading members of the South Florida bar and bench. 


Spring 2024 Legal Profession Program Events

The Law Practice Management Series III, IV, and V - Dates TBD

All events are via Zoom and take place from 12:30pm to 1:30pm

The Law Practice Management Series III: Management of In-House Shop

12:30pm to 1:30pm via Zoom

This third installment of The Law Practice Management Series aims to provide valuable insights and discussions on various management strategies and practices within the legal industry.

Our esteemed panel of experts will share their experiences and expertise, covering topics such as leadership, organizational culture, and effective communication.

Whether you are a legal professional, law student, or simply interested in the field, this event offers a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and network with like-minded individuals.

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Civil Rights Legend Honored with Annual Hoeveler Award

Dr. Marvin Dunn is a renowned expert on race and ethnic issues in America and a nationally respected scholar, author, historian, documentary filmmaker, and community activist.
Civil Rights Legend Honored with Annual Hoeveler Award
Dr. Marvin Dunn
Miami Law's Center for Ethics & Public Service honored Dr. Marvin Dunn at the 21st annual William M. Hoeveler Luncheon and Award Presentation FridayNovember 10, 2023, at 12:30 p.m.

The prestigious prize celebrates extraordinary members of the bar and bench, nonprofit organizations, and individuals distinguished by their long-standing dedication to ethics and public service. To honor Dunn, the law school will host an award ceremony. 

Dunn, an African American native Floridian, is professor emeritus and retired chairperson of the department of psychology at Florida International University. Born during the Jim Crow era, he brings a perspective to Black history that has been missed, distorted, and minimalized. He co-authored "The Miami Riot of 1980: Crossing the Bounds" (1984). He also authored "Black Miami in the Twentieth Century" (1997) and "A History of Florida: Through Black Eyes" (2016).

Founded in 1996, the Center for Ethics and Public Service is a law school-housed ethics education, experiential skills training, and community engagement program devoted to the values of ethical judgment, professional responsibility, and public service in law and society.

The center's mission is to educate law students to serve their communities as citizen lawyers.

For 28 years, the center has served as an incubator and an accelerator for numerous public service initiatives. They include on-campus and off-campus clinics (Children and Youth Law Clinic, Community Economic Development and Design Clinic, Community Lawyering Clinic, Environmental Justice Clinic, Health Law Clinic, and Social Enterprise Clinic), programs (Brown University Institute at Brown for Environment and Society partnership, Dartmouth College Ethics Institute Internship Program, Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program, Street Law Program, and University of Miami Joint College of Arts and Sciences Program on Law, Public Policy, and Ethics), summer colloquia (University of Miami Environmental Justice, Policy, & Science), and oral histories and documentary films (Oral History and Documentary Film Project).

The Hoeveler Award was created in honor of the Honorable William M. Hoeveler, senior U.S. District Court judge and the inaugural recipient, as a lifetime achievement award for a lawyer or an organization of outstanding ethics and public service. Hoeveler died in 2017 at the age of 95.

“For decades, Dr. Marvin Dunn has been the leading cultural and social historian of race in Miami and Florida more generally," said Professor Anthony V. Alfieri, CEPS director and Community Equity LabHistoric Black Church Program, and Legal Profession Program. "His scholarship, teaching, and civic activism have set an extraordinary standard for personal courage and public integrity that has inspired generations of students, faculty, and citizens here in South Florida and elsewhere across the nation. Most important, his commitment to education, inclusion, and justice honors the tradition of moral leadership embodied in the life and work of Judge William M. Hoeveler.”

Past awardees include former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, former Florida Supreme Court Chief Judge Rosemary Barkett, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit Judge Adalberto Jordan, J.D. '87, B.A. '84, and Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle, who has served since 1993.


Past Legal Profession Program Events

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  • October 19, 2023 - The Law Practice Management Series II: Major Government Shop Management

    This second installment of The Law Practice Management Series provided valuable insights and discussions on various management strategies and practices within the legal industry.

    Our esteemed panel of experts shared their experiences and expertise, covering topics such as leadership, organizational culture, and effective communication.

    Panelists were:

    • Lisa Roberts, Securities Exchange Commission, Chief, Attorney Advisors, J.D., '88
    • Daren Hooper, City of Miami Beach, Assistant City Attorney, J.D., '20 
    • Leigh-Ann Buchanan, Miami-Dade Innovation Authority, President & CEO, J.D., '09

  • September 27, 2023 - The Law Practice Management Series I: Big Law, Mid-Size, and Boutique Firms

    The first installment of The Law Practice Management Series.This exciting online event focused on management of firms in the private sector.

    Panelists were:

    • Ardith Bronson, Partner at DLA Piper, J.D. '00
    • Robert Zarco, Founding Partner Zarco Einhorn Salkowski, P.A., J.D. '85
    • Rawsi Williams from Rawsi Williams Law Group
    • Juan C. Enjamio, Partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth, J.D. '86

  • November 9, 2022 - CEPS/CABA CLE Webinar

    On Wednesday, November 9, the Center for Ethics and Public Service (CEPS) joined the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA) in presenting a CLE webinar on the law firm management ethics lessons of the Champlain Towers South Collapse litigation and related cases. Panelists, both local law firm leaders and CEPS Director Professor Anthony Alfieri, provided an overview of the litigation and outlined the core law firm management ethics issues raised for both lawyers and law firms. The panel also discussed the application of the Florida Rules of Professional Conduct and other relevant law to the underlying conduct that gave rise to the litigation, the resolution of the litigation itself, and the best practice lessons of law firm management derived from the litigation.

    In addition to Professor Alfieri, the CLE panel included Javier Lopez (Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton) and Emily Balter (Bercow Radell Fernandez Larkin + Tapanes), a graduate of Miami Law. Miriam Ramos, a former CEPS fellow and a Miami Law graduate, is the current president of the Cuban American Bar Association.

  • September 8, 2022 - Lawyers in Leadership Award Luncheon

    Miami Law’s Center for Ethics and Public Service honored the Civil Rights Collective with the annual Lawyers in Leadership Award Thursday, September 8, at 12:30 p.m. in the Alma Jennings Foundation Student Lounge at the University of Miami School of Law.

    The award honors members of the legal community who are exceptionally dedicated to public citizenship and leadership. The Civil Rights Collective is composed of lawyers in private practice, primarily based in South Florida, who focus on social justice and civil rights advocacy. It is not a formal organization or entity, but its members work collaboratively in many ways. CRC members often share information on best practices, specific experiences with certain types of cases or judges, and other related issues. CRC members also regularly work together as co-counsel in civil rights litigation.

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Legal Malpractice and Professional Liability Roundtables

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Legal Profession Program 2022 Fellows

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  • Janeal Fordham, David P. Catsman Fellow, 2L

    Janeal FordhamJaneal Fordham is a second-year law student at the University of Miami, where she is a HOPE Scholar and Fundraising Chair for the National Lawyers Guild. Prior to attending law school, Janeal was the Gallard Fellow for The Branson School in Marin County, CA. She taught in the History Department and served as the school's Community Engagement Director. Janeal graduated from Spelman College with a B.A. in Political Science.

  • Brandi Griffin, Mandel Fellow, 2L

    Brandi GriffinBrandi Griffin is a second year law student at the University of Miami, where she is a member of the Black Law Students Association, Miami Law Women, a Student Ambassador with the Office of Admissions and a Dean’s Fellow for Elements. She is originally from Atlanta, Georgia.

    Prior to attending law school, Brandi received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Wake Forest University and a Master of Arts in Journalism from Northeastern University. In her free time, Brandi enjoys reading for fun, visiting museums, trying new restaurants and spending time with her family, including her dog Charlie Boston.

  • Omarley Spence, William M. Hoeveler Fellow, 2L

    Omarley SpenceOmarley Spence is a second-year law student at the University of Miami School of Law and is from Lauderhill, Fl. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2019 with a B.A. in Economics and an M.S.M. in Management. Prior to coming to law school, he gained skills in project management and financial market trend tracking while working as an Associate at Fisher Investments. He is a member of the Black Law Student Association, a member of the OutLaw Student Association, a member of the University of Miami School of Law Trial Team, First-Generation Law Association, and the Treasurer for the Caribbean Law Student Association. In his free time, Omarley enjoys running and spending quality time with family.