Legal Corps Fellows Consider the Ethics Surrounding Technology and Social Media


On January 25, Miami Law's Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program (PREP) kicked off the CLE workshops for Legal Corps fellows with an ethics program. The course, "Ethics, iMedia & the Facebook Society: Flipping the Switch on Your Career" included the ethical issues involved in website advertising, solicitation of clients in chat rooms, confidentiality issues arising from cloud computing and legal ethical issues arising from the use of Facebook.

PREP students Matipa Nyamangwanda and Candice Stephenson presented the seminar under the guidance of Jan Jacobowitz, Director of PREP. Student Jan Williams also participated in developing the presentation, power point, and research, but was unable to attend the seminar.

"The evening was a terrific collaboration between two of Miami Law's innovative programs," said Jacobowitz. "PREP was delighted to launch Legal Corp's seminar program with a technology-focused ethics presentation. It is important for young lawyers who have grown up with technology to explore the boundaries with technology and how it may advance one's career as opposed to threaten one's representation and license to practice law."

The CLE workshops will be held biweekly on additional topics such as client development, leadership skills and time management skills. The goal of the Legal Corps workshop series, ten in total for 20 CLE hours, is to offer training in a variety of skill areas necessary for lawyers' professional development. Legal Corps places recent Miami law graduates in government agencies, public interest organizations, and judicial chambers in Florida and throughout the country.

The Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program was established in 1996 as an in-house program within the Center for Ethics and Public Service at the University of Miami School of Law. The program has dedicated countless student hours to public service and has educated thousands of members of the Florida Bench and Bar. As the students teach, they learn and quite often make a difference, prompting organizations to pause and reconsider their approaches to some of the toughest ethical dilemmas.