Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program Director Jan Jacobowitz and students Samuel Bookhardt IV, Justin Boyd, and Princess Manasseh returned to the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office this past fall to provide an annual legal ethics training.
PREP develops customized CLE ethics trainings, 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.
Boyd began the presentation with a hypothetical that intertwined discovery and technology issues. “Having the opportunity to present in front of so many attorneys was a great experience,” he said.
Bookhardt, a veteran PREP presenter for the State Attorney’s Office, presented on the ethical boundaries to which a prosecutor must adhere when speaking with a recanting witness. “It was great to be back at the State Attorney’s Office,” said Bookhardt. “It is always fun to see how practicing attorneys suggest that they would handle the scenarios presented in my hypotheticals.”
Manasseh spoke about the use of technology, using PowerPoint presentations, in closing arguments. She said that “presenting at the State Attorney’s Office was such a valuable experience. I had the opportunity to facilitate a meaningful conversation among professionals concerning ethical decisions they face daily. Sharing with the attorneys the product of my research, and advising them on nationwide trends and best practices, really helped to build my confidence not just as a presenter, but as a future attorney.”
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.