Anita Cava

Professor Emeritus



In addition to being a Professor in the Business Law Department, Anita Cava is Co-Director of the University of Miami Ethics Programs, a university-wide entity that promotes research, teaching and service across the disciplines in areas of ethical interest and concern. She has been Director of Business Ethics Programs for the past 25 years.  

Between 2011 and 2016, Professor Cava served as the Academic Director of the Miami Herbert Business School’s Latin American Health Care Compliance Certificate Program and was a plenary speaker at the Latin American Healthcare Compliance Congress in Sao Paolo, Brazil in 2012; Mexico City, Mexico in 2014; and Panama City, Panama in 2016. Currently, she is an active member of the Latin American Ethics and Compliance Network and regularly hosts the Compliance Officer Network meeting for regional and international compliance officers based in South Florida. 

Over the past two decades, Professor Cava has helped to launch innovative projects at the Miami Herbert Business School, including the undergraduate University of Miami Ethics Bowl – our 2007 team took first place at the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, besting defending champion West Point; MBA Consultants to Non-Profits / Project;  and the Compliance Boot Camp, a four-day, non-credit/no-cost introduction to the basics of compliance for undergraduate students. She co-directs the Arsht Initiatives of University of Miami Ethics Programs, which has included a speaker series, funding for faculty/student research in “Ethics and Community” and a student Ethics Debate at SportsFest, a campus-wide intramural event in the residential colleges. She also started an annual spring Ethics in Film series (2004-2014) and serves as the faculty advisor to the University of Miami Ethics Society. In 2006, 2012 and 2013, she taught Corporate Social Responsibility at the American University in Paris.

A frequent speaker on the topics of business ethics and corporate compliance, Professor Cava’s audiences have included many local corporate and not-for-profit organizations.

A Miami native, Professor Cava received her BA with Distinction from Swarthmore College and her JD from New York University, where she was a Hays Fellow. Before joining the faculty, she practiced law in Washington, D.C. and Miami, primarily in the areas of employment, consumer and commercial litigation.



1978J.D. , New York University (Hays Fellow, National Moot Court team)
1975B.A. , Swarthmore College (with distinction

Professional Experience

2010 - Professor, Business Law, Miami Herbert Business School
1985 - 2010Associate/Assistant, Business Law, Miami Herbert Business School
1984 - 1985Private Practice, John B. Ostrow
1982 - 1984Staff Attorney, Legal Services
1981 - 1982Visiting Assistant Professor (Legal Research and Writing/Consumer Law/Torts), UM School of Law
1980 - 1981Tutorial Instructor (Legal Research and Writing), UM School of Law
1978 - 1980Associate, Charles Morgan, Jr. & Associates, Washington, DC

Honors & Acknowledgements

Invited Cane Talk, "May I Borrow Your Glasses? My Reputation Depends Upon It," April 2017 (1/19 faculty across UM,
Iron Arrow (“highest honor that can be bestowed by the University”) , Spring 2013
Virginia Maurer Award, Outstanding Ethics Paper, Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 2012
Faculty Senate Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award (given to one faculty member across all campuses), 2009
UM Alumni Association “Inside Out” Award, 2009 (given to one faculty member per year; recognizing efforts to bring alumni to campus to discuss important issues related to ethics)
School of Business Outstanding Teaching Awards (undergraduate, graduate and executive programs), 1987, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2010, 2011, 2017
Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching, 1996 (one of five University-wide awards)

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: Corporate corruption and compliance; Legal and ethical aspects of health administration


Earle, B., Cava, A , Examining the JP Morgan “Princeling” Settlement: Insight into Current Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Interpretation and Enforcement 17 Washington University Global Studies Law Review 365 (2018).

Earle, B. Cava, A. The ‘Princelings’ and the Banks: When Does a Legitimate Business Practice Become Criminal Corruption in Violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act? 37 Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business (2016-17).

Earle, B. and Cava, A. The Mystery of Declinations Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: A Proposal to Incentivize Compliance 49 UC Davis Law Review 567 (2015).

Earle, B. and Cava, A. The Penumbra of the United States’ Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Brazil’s Clean Companies Act and Implications for the Pharmaceutical Industry (invited) (SSRN 10 most downloaded 12/9/14) 13 Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business (2014).

Mayer, D., Cava, A., Baird, C., Crime and Punishment (or the Lack Thereof) for Financial Fraud in the Subprime Mortgage Meltdown: Reasons and Remedies for Legal and Ethical Lapses, 515- 597 (awarded the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) Virginia Maurer Award, Outstanding Ethics Paper) 51 American Business Law Journal (2014).

Earle, B., Cava, A. When is a Bribe Not a Bribe? Rethinking the FCPA in Light of Business Reality 111-16123 University of Indiana International and Comparative Law Journal (2013).

Cava, A. Stewart, B., Quid Pro Quo Corruption is "So Yesterday": Restoring Honest Services Fraud After Skilling and Black 1-2912 U.C. Davis Business Law Journal (2011).

Cushman, R., Froomkin, M., Cava, A., Abril, P., Goodman, K., Ethics and Personal Health Records S51-S55 (Supplement 1)43 Journal of Biomedical Informatics (2010).

Earle, B., Cava, A., Are Anti-Corruption Efforts Paying Off? International and National Measures in the AsiaPacific Region and their Impact on India and Multinational Corporations 59-86 31 Hawaii Law Review (2008).

Abril, P. and Cava, A., Health Privacy in a Techno-Social World: A Cyber-Patient’s Bill of Rights 244-277, 7 Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property (2008).

Goodman, K., Cava, A. Bioethics, Business Ethics and Science: Bioinformatics and the Future of Healthcare 1-1217 Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics (2008).

Brackett, N., Lynne, C., Attia, G., Carmack, A., Cava, A., Goodman, K. Treatment of Infertility in Men with Spinal Cord Injury: Medical Progress and Ethical Considerations 120-133, 13; 4 Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation (2008).

Mitchell, C., Armstrong, F., Goodman, K., Cava, A., Scott, G., Disclosure of HIV Status to an Infected Child: Medical, Psychological, Ethical, and Legal Perspectives 43-5219; 1 Journal of Clinical Ethics (2008).