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: G362

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.

Jacobowitz has presented at hundreds Ethics CLE Seminars throughout the country including annual presentations that PREP develops for legal organizations throughout South Florida. She has written and been a featured speaker on legal ethics topics such as Social Media, Advertising, Lawyer’s First Amendment Rights, Cultural Awareness in the Practice of Law, Mindful Ethics, Cybersecurity for Lawyers, Technology and the Law, Attorney Fees, and E-Discovery. Jan also consults on legal ethics matters as an expert in both risk management and litigation contexts.

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-elect of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) and the co-chair of APRL’s Future of Lawyering Committee. She is one of the co-authors of Association Of Professional Responsibility Lawyers 2015 Report Of The Regulation Of Lawyer Advertising Committee and the Committee’s 2016 Supplemental Report, both of which served as the basis for the recent change in the ABA Model Rules on attorney advertising. Jacobowitz was previously APRL’s liaison to the ABA’s Standing Committee on Professionalism and is the current APRL liaison to the ABA’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility.

Jacobowitz serves as one of five members of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and the Public Trust. She was the Vice Chairman of Broward County’s Committee on Oversight of the Inspector General from 2011 until May 2018.

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

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; was in private practice with general practice and commercial litigation firms in Washington, D.C. and Miami; and served as in-house counsel for a large Miami based corporation.

Jacobowitz has a J.D. from George Washington University and a B.S. in Speech from Northwestern University. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Florida, and California and is a certified civil court mediator. She maintains an active legal ethics consulting practice. Jacobowitz and her family have made South Florida their home for the past 32 years.


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).

Finding Calm in the Storm-Cultivating Mindfulness to Cope with Stress in the Legal Profession, 80 Texas Bar Journal (2017).

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

Ending the Pursuit: Releasing Attorney Advertising Regulations at the Intersection of Technology and the First Amendment, 24 American Bar Association (2016).

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

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

 News / Media

Lecturer in Law Jan Jacobowitz comments "Impact of social media, technology on case" in the Florida Courier.

Lecturer in Law Jan Jacobowitz  in "Social media, tech took outsize roles in Trayvon Martin case" in The Palm Beach Post and in "Social media, technology drove Zimmerman trial" in The Miami Herald, and in "Social media shaped Zimmerman trial start to finish in Bradenton Herald.

Jan Jacobowitz is quoted in "Complaints Beginning to Emerge as Courts Switch to E-Filing Systems" in the Daily Business Review.

Jan Jacobowitz’s article "The Benefits of Mindfulness for Litigators" was published in the ABA's Spring 2013 Litigation Journal.

Jan Jacobowitz was cited in the South Florida Sun Sentinel about Broward County's first inspector general receiving good reviews from the Inspector General Oversight board, which Jacobowitz currently serves as a member. Read article

Phone: 305-284-8564
Office: G362
Faculty Assistant

Carter, Ebonie

Phone: (305)284-3934
Office: G287

Area of Expertise

  • Social Media / Digital Media Law