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Mindfulness, Mentoring, and Money: A Primer on Lawyer Well-Being, the Importance of Mentorship, and the Role of a Lawyer Serving as a Fiduciary

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 63 minutes
Recorded Date: June 21, 2018
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  • Mindfulness, Ethics, & Professionalism
  • The Importance of Mentoring
  • Ethics and Lawyer Trust Accounts
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: June 21, 2018


Panelists will discuss the value of obtaining a mentor and explore mindfulness as an essential tool for enhanced decision-making. The panel will also discuss the "business of law" in the context of proper fee handling. Some trust account issues may initially seem counter-intuitive, but are nonetheless essential for maintaining both your practice and your license.

This program will focus on key chapters of the Essential Qualities of a Professional lawyer as described in the ABA's book by the same name. Litigators must be zealous advocates and often confront vexatious counsel who do not always operate within the bounds of ethics and professionalism. The challenges of being a young lawyer and the need for guidance in our profession may create the type of stress that impacts both a lawyer's effectiveness and well-being.

This program was recorded on June 21st, 2018.

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Amy Timmer

Associate Dean of Students and Professionalism and Professor of Law
WMU Cooley Law School

As Dean of Students and Professionalism for WMU-Cooley Law School, Amy Timmer provides direct assistance to individual students with law school concerns at all WMU-Cooley campuses. She also oversees the implementation of WMU-Cooley’s Professionalism Plan, which has gained national acclaim and earned WMU-Cooley the American Bar Association (ABA) Professionalism Award. Through numerous programs, 40 of which are based in pro bono service, that plan helps students learn their professional obligations while internalizing a personal commitment to ethics and service.

Dean Timmer is personally and professionally committed to lawyer and law student professionalism. She was appointed by ABA President William Hubbard as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism for the 2014-15 year, and was recently re-appointed for a three-year term. At the state level, Dean Timmer is an appointed member of the State Bar of Michigan (SBM) 21st Century Practice Task Force, Modernizing the Regulatory Machinery Committee. She is a founding member, Vice Chair, and Chair of the Best Practices Committee of the National Legal Mentoring Consortium. She serves as a member of the SBM District E Character and Fitness Committee, a Michigan Attorney Discipline Board Hearing Panel, the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, the National Professionalism Consortium, and the SBM Pro Bono Initiative’s Pro Bono Month Working Group. She is a Master and former Board member of the American Inns of Court Mid-Michigan Chapter. Dean Timmer is chair of the WMU-Cooley Faculty Professionalism and Ethics Committee and the Pro Bono Committee.

Her past accomplishments include being named a 2009 Fellow of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism, a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation, and an Honorary Judge for both the Lansing, Michigan Teen Court and the American Lawyers Alliance Law-Related Education Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2014 and 2015.

Dean Timmer joined the WMU-Cooley faculty in 1992, teaching Torts and Equity & Remedies. In 1996, she became the Associate Dean of Students and in 2000, the Associate Dean of Students and Professionalism. She has published books and articles on law student professionalism and has spoken at programs offered by the ABA, AALS, NALP, Nelson Mullins Center on Professionalism, National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism, Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, Council of Bar Admissions Administrators, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, the National Legal Mentoring Consortium, and the National Conference of Bar Executives. Since 2008, she has taught the professional development course at WMU-Cooley. She has received numerous teaching awards, including the Stanley E. Beattie Teaching Award.

After graduating from James Madison College at Michigan State University in 1978, and enjoying a 10-year career with the Michigan Department of Commerce in the area of economic development and environmental regulation, she attended WMU-Cooley Law School in the evenings, and graduated summa cum laude in 1988. She joined the law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn and practiced in the litigation department. She is admitted to practice in Michigan courts, the Eastern and Western Districts of the U.S. District Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Jan L. Jacobowitz

Associate Director, Center for Ethics and Public Service
University of Miami School of Law

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. She 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. She has 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. She 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.

Jan has 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.

She 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.

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Dolores Dorsainvil

Adjunct Professor
American University Washington College of Law

Dolores Dorsainvil is an Assistant Disciplinary Counsel with the D.C. Office of Disciplinary Counsel where she investigates, and where necessary, prosecutes District of Columbia lawyers for ethical misconduct. Dolores is also an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Washington College of Law where she teaches legal ethics to second year law students. Dolores is formerly an Assistant Bar Counsel with the Attorney Grievance Commission in Maryland. Prior to that, she worked in a small Maryland law firm practicing personal injury law.

Dolores is licensed in Maryland and the District of Columbia and received her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law, and her undergraduate degree in Urban Studies and Public Policy from Boston University.

Dolores is most passionate about serving the legal community while promoting professionalism and the integrity of the profession. Dolores is the immediate Past Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association (2015-2015), is a member of the Maryland Bar Foundation, and is an appointed member of the Maryland State Bar Association Professionalism Committee, teaches the mandatory Professionalism Course for new admittees in the District of Columbia and Maryland, and is the Past Co-Chair of the Ethics & Professionalism Committee of the ABA Young Lawyers Division.

Dolores serves in leadership roles within local and national bar associations, including her service as an appointed member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Professionalism (2015-2018), past appointed member of the Standing Committee on Professional Discipline for the ABA (2012-2015), past ABA Fellow (2010), past Co-Chair of the Education Committee for the MSBA Young Lawyers Section, past Co-Editor of The Advocate, the official publication of The Maryland State Bar Association (“MSBA”), Young Lawyer’s Section (2007-2010), Past Fellow of the MSBA Leadership Academy (2006), former Co-Chair of the Judicial Selections Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland (2009-2010), and Past President of the Black Women’s Bar Association of Suburban Maryland (2002-2004).

Dolores has received significant recognition for her work and dedication and is the recipient of the Finalist award for the ABA Young Lawyer’s Division National Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year 2011, the ABA’s Center for Professional Responsibility Rosner and Rosner Young Lawyers Professionalism Award 2012, the 2012 Edward F. Shea Professionalism Award given by the Maryland Bar Foundation, the Daily Record’s Maryland Top 100 Women award, May 2013, the Daily Record’s Leadership in Law, November 2013, and the Daily Record’s Maryland Top 100 Women award, June 2015.

Besides her professional work, Dolores is active in her community. She is a member and Host for the Media Ministry of The New Macedonia Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. She is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Dorsainvil Foundation, Inc., her family’s foundation which provides free healthcare to the residents of Haiti through bi-annual medical missions.

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