Each semester the Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program visits local bar associations to provide legal ethics seminars. This Spring, PREP presented at the Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida, alongside three of seven judges for the Southern District of Florida’s United States Bankruptcy Court: Chief Judge Laurel M. Isicoff, Judge A. Jay Cristol, and Judge Robert. A. Mark. PREP returned for an encore presentation this summer at the 27th Annual Bankruptcy Skills Workshop, which was held on the University of Miami campus.
Judge Robert Mark, Nicole Chipi, Sabrina Rishmague, Judge Jay Cristol, Anibal Manzano, and Jan L. Jacobowitz
PREP Interns Nicole Chipi, Anibal Manzano, and Sabrina Rishmague, and PREP director, Jan L. Jacobowitz, presented on ethical issues related to dual roles, double billing, and digital assets in bankruptcy proceedings.
PREP received positive feedback from both the judges and lawyers in attendance. PREP interns gave the program five-star reviews. “Working closely with the judges to identify and research nuanced ethical issues was an invaluable experience,” said Chipi. “What’s more, the judges were surprised by some of the answers we found, and offered practical insight from their years behind the bench.”
“It was an honor to speak on a panel alongside such distinguished judges and to receive their feedback on our research and legal conclusions,” said Manzano.
“Our fellow panelists and the attorneys in attendance asked probing questions and shared insightful anecdotes from their own personal practice that brought our issues to life,” said Rishmague.
PREP is an award-winning program, which develops continuing legal education ethics training for the legal community. 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. During training, students are often able to make a positive impact on attendees by prompting them to consider and reconsider their approaches to some of the toughest ethical dilemmas that may arise in the practice of law.
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 training, throughout the semester PREP students publish blog posts regarding the nation’s newest ethics opinions. The blog, Legal Ethics in Motion, can be found here.