Jan L. Jacobowitz

Director, Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program & Lecturer in Law

J.D., George Washington University
B.S., Northwestern University

Phone: (305)284-8564
Office: G262

Jan L. Jacobowitz is a Lecturer in Law and the Director of the Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP) at the University of Miami’s School of Law. Under Jan’s direction, PREP was a 2012 recipient of the ABA’s E Smythe Gambrell Award---the leading national award for a professionalism program. Jan has presented at hundreds of Ethics CLE Seminars and has 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, Cybersecurity, Mindful Ethics, Litigation Funding, eDiscovery, Conflicts of Interest, and Attorney Fees. She has also authored law review and journal articles in many of these areas.

Jacobowitz is the co-author of the book, Legal Ethics and Social Media, A Practitioner’s Handbook, published by the ABA in June 2017. She developed the curriculum for the course Social Media and the Law and is among the first law school faculty throughout the country to teach the course.

Jacobowitz also co-developed and teaches Mindful Ethics: Professional Responsibility for Lawyers in the Digital Age, which served as the catalyst for the book that she co-authored, Mindfulness & Professional Responsibility—Incorporating Mindfulness into the Law School Curriculum.

Jacobowitz is the President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), the co-chair of the Future of Lawyering Committee and a member of the Attorney Advertising Committee. She is one of the co-authors of Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers 2015 Report on the Regulation of Lawyer Advertising and the Committee’s 2016 Supplemental Report, both of which laid the groundwork for the ABA’s recent revisions to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct pertaining to attorney advertising. Jan was previously APRL’s liaison to the ABA’s Standing Committee on Professionalism and served recently as the liaison to the ABA’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. She is currently APRL’s liaison to the ABA’s Center for Professional Responsibility Coordinating Counsel.

Jacobowitz in an Ethics Commissioner on the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and the Public Trust. She is the former 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.

Jacobowitz represents University of Miami School of Law on the Florida Bar’s CLE Committee and served as the Law School’s United Way Ambassador for the past ten years. She also served as the faculty advisor to the University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association for the past two years.

In 2018, Jacobowitz was nominated and invited to become an American Bar Foundation Fellow, which is “a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities. Membership in the Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Fellows are recommended by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.”

Prior to devoting herself to legal education, 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; and was in private practice with general practice and commercial litigation firms in Washington and Miami.

Jacobowitz has a J.D. from George Washington University and a B.S. in Speech from Northwestern University. She is an active member of the Florida Bar, the D.C. Bar and the California Bar and is a certified civil court mediator. Jacobowitz and her family have made South Florida their home for the past 33 years.

 Publications

Face-Off on Facebook: Judges and Lawyers as Social Media 'Friends' in a Post-Herssein World, with Ralph Artiglere, Meenu Sasser, David Hazouri, William Hamilton, 93 Florida B.J. 18 (2019).

The Vulnerable Client: Standing at the Crossroad of Compassion and Competence, with Marni Lennon, August 2018 MIE Journal (2018).

Happy Birthday Siri! Dialing in Legal Ethics for Artificial Intelligence, Smart Phones, and Real Time Lawyers, with Justin Ortiz, 4 Texas A&M J. Prop. L. 407 (2018).

Ending the Pursuit: Releasing Attorney Advertising Regulations at the Intersection of Technology and the First Amendment, 24 ABA The Professional Lawyer (2017).

Finding Calm in the Storm-Cultivating Mindfulness to Cope with Stress in the Legal Profession, Texas Bar Journal (2017).

Legal Ethics and Social Media--A Practitioner's Handbook, Publisher: American Bar Association, (2017).

Cultural Evolution or Revolution? The Millennial's Growing Impact on Professionalism and the Practice of Law, with Katie Lachter, Gabriella Morello, 23 The Professional Lawyer, American Bar Association 14 (2016).

Mindful Ethics and the Cultivation of Concentration, with Scott Rogers, 15 Nevada Law Journal 730- (2015).

Lawyers Beware: You are What You Post! The Case for Integrating Cultural Competence, Legal Ethics and Social Media, 17 SMU Sci. & Tech. L. Rev. 33 (2014).

Mindful Ethics -- A Pedagogical and Practical Approach to Teaching Legal Ethics, Developing Professional Identity, and Encouraging Civility St. Mary's Journal on Legal Malpractice and Ethics, Vol 4, 2014, with Scott Rogers, 4 St. Mary's Journal on Legal Malpractice and Ethics, Vol 4, 2014 44 (2014).

The Social Media Frontier: Exploring a New Mandate for Competence in the Practice of Law, with Danielle Singer, 68 University of Miami Law Review 52 (2014).

Cultivating Professional Identity & Creating Community: A Tale of Two Innovations, 36 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review, 22 (2014).

Fidelity Diluted: Client Confidentiality Gives Way to the First Amendment & Social Media in Virginia State Bar, Ex Rel. Third District Committee V. Horace Frazier Hunter, with Kelly Jesson, 36 Campbell Law Review 37 (2013).

The Benefits of Mindfulness for Litigators, ABA Litigation Journal (2013).

'As the Twig is Bent': Law Student Insights Regarding Pro Bono and Public Interest Law, with Vance Salter, 86 The Florida Bar Journal (2012).

Endless Pursuit: Capturing Technology at the Intersection of the First Amendment and Attorney Advertising, with Gayland Hethcoat, 17 Univ of Fla Journal of Technology, Law, and Policy 20 (2012).

Mindfulness and Professional Responsibility: A Guidebook for Integrating Mindfulness into the Legal Curriculum, Mindful Living Press, (2012).

A Rose by Any Other Name? Enhancing Professionalism Through Cultural Competency, FAWL Journal (2009).

 Media Appearances

Internet: Bloomberg Law September 13 2019 https://news.bloomberglaw.com/us-law-week/gorsuch-sides-with-access-to-justice-reformers-in-new-book

Newspaper: Daily Business Review July 9 2019 https://www.law.com/dailybusinessreview/2019/07/19/did-a-federal-judge-have-to-drop-a-case-because-his-wife-works-for-defense-firm-holland-knight/

Magazine: ABA Journal June 1 2019 http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/duty-to-disclose-adverse-legal-authority

Newspaper: Daily Business Review February 22 2019 Florida Bar Wants Broward Lawyer Suspended Over 'Social Media Blitz' Against Opposing Counsel https://www.law.com/dailybusinessreview/2019/02/22/florida-bar-wants-broward-lawyer-suspended-over-social-media-blitz-against-opposing-counsel/

Internet: Law 360 January 19 2019 '#Killinnazis' Uproar Shows Attys Must Tread Lightly Online https://www.law360.com/articles/1003565

Internet: Law.com; Yahoo Finance January 9 2019 Juror Was Bribed in Trial Between Warring Developers, New Suit Claims https://finance.yahoo.com/news/juror-bribed-trial-between-warring-040750993.html

Internet: Law 360 September 26 2018 https://www.law360.com/articles/1086649/3rd-circ-fee-fracas-a-warning-not-all-billing-is-equal

Internet: Daytona Beach News-Journal Online August 17 2018 https://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20180817/between-dawn-fields-steven-burk-money-motives-color-race-for-volusia-county-judge

Newspaper: Daily Business Review July 24 2018 https://www.law.com/dailybusinessreview/2018/07/24/5-lessons-from-the-backlash-against-male-attorney-who-fought-pregnant-lawyers-request-for-continuance/

Internet: Orlando Sentinel March 03 2018 https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/fl-pn-opioid-lawsuit-ethics-20180327-story.html

Internet: Law 360 August 2 2017 https://www.law360.com/articles/949674/fla-court-weighs-judge-dq-over-atty-facebook-friendship

Internet: Law 360 July 27 2017 https://www.law360.com/articles/946596/4-social-media-ethics-questions-for-attorneys

Internet: Orlando Sentinel June 14 2017 https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/fl-reg-video-bystander-20170614-story.html

Internet: Orlando Sentinel December 02 2016 https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/fl-inspector-general-review-20161202-story.html

Internet: Law 360 July 17 2016 4 Signs BigLaw Is Not Ready For Social Media https://www.law360.com/articles/803993/4-signs-biglaw-is-not-ready-for-social-media

Internet: Law 360 October 19 2015 How The Dewey Trial Became A BigLaw Obsession https://www.law360.com/articles/705751/how-the-dewey-trial-became-a-biglaw-obsession

Internet: Orlando Sentinel September 08 2015 https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-texts-florida-lawyer-attorney-20150908-story.html

Internet: Tampa Tribune August 05 2015 http://tbo.com/news/crime/punishment-phase-in-dui-setup-case-to-begin-thursday-20150805/

Internet: Law 360 January 29 2015 https://www.law360.com/articles/616441/simpson-thacher-may-be-haunted-by-1-5b-loan-gaffe

Internet: Law 360 November 6 2014 Reprimand In Rader Email Flap Shows Pitfalls Of Boasting https://www.law360.com/articles/594095/reprimand-in-rader-email-flap-shows-pitfalls-of-boasting

Phone: (305)284-8564
Office: G262
Faculty Assistant

Carter, Ebonie

Phone: (305)284-3934
Office: G287

Area of Expertise

  • Social Media / Digital Media Law
  • Legal Ethics