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About The Emporium’s Reporter

Jan Jacobowitz

Jan L. Jacobowitz is a Lecturer in Law, the Director of the  Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program (PREP) and the Associate Director of the Center for Ethics and Public Service at the University of Miami’s School of Law. The  PREP program provides an opportunity for students to apply their study of professional responsibility and legal ethics in a variety of real world settings.  Jan guides the students in the research, drafting and presentation of Ethics CLE seminars throughout the South Florida legal community.  Students also participate in other ethics projects such as legal symposia and round table luncheon events.  Jan also currently teaches Professional Responsibility and Mindfulness: Ethics for Lawyers in the Digital Age.  During the summer, Jan directs the Summer Public Interest Program and teaches a Public Interest Law Seminar.  She has previously taught Administrative Law and a Government and Ethics workshop.

Jan and her students have presented over fifty Ethics CLE Seminars on a wide range of issues to audiences whose main practice areas vary and have included bankruptcy, commercial litigation, real estate, family law, disability law and immigration law. Jan has  also spoken at over a dozen seminars on a wide range of issues including Legal Ethics in Social Media and Advertising, Ethical Issues in Trust & Estate Law, Lawyer’s First Amendment Rights and Cultural Awareness and the Practice of Law.

Jan has conceived and written numerous interactive materials for her presentations including, the articles, “The First Amendment and The Legal Profession:  Is Silence Golden?” published in Social Security Disability Law Conference Book and  “A Rose By Any Other Name—Enhancing Professionalism through Cultural Awareness” published in the Florida Association of Women Lawyers Spring 2009 Journal.

Jan has a diverse legal background which she brings to the  Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program.  She began her career as a Legal Aid Attorney for the District of Columbia. Jan then  practiced family law and directed the personal injury law department at Robert Ades and Associates, the District of Columbia’s first prepaid and reduced fee law firm providing legal services to members of labor unions. Jan’s career continued at the Department of Justice in the Office of Special Investigations as a prosecutor of Nazi war criminals who had illegally entered the United States after WWII.

Jan moved to Miami in 1986 and became a partner in the firm of Dunn and Dresnick where she was a litigator practicing primarily in the areas of commercial and employment law.  Jan became a Senior Staff Counsel for the American Bankers Insurance Group in 1990.

Jan entered the world of education in 2002 when she became a teacher for Coral Reef Senior High.  She not only taught law in the Legal Magnet Program, but also successfully coached the school’s mock trial, moot court and Constitutional law teams.  Jan received both the We the People Constitution Education Award and the Gavel Award for High School Moot Court Competition from the Florida Law Related Education Association in 2006.  The Florida Supreme Court awarded Jan the Chief Justice Commendation for Leadership in Judicial Education in 2006.

Jan has a B.S. in Speech from Northwestern University and a J.D. from George Washington University.

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