Anthony V Alfieri

Professor of Law

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Anthony V. Alfieri, Professor of Law and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar, is the founding Director of the Center for Ethics and Public Service and its Community Equity LabHistoric Black Church Program, and Legal Profession Program at the University of Miami School of Law. He holds a secondary faculty appointment as a Professor of Public Health Sciences in the Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Health Services Research, at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and an affiliated faculty appointment with the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy at the University of Miami.

Professor Alfieri earned an A.B. in 1981 from Brown University, graduating magna cum laude with concentration and senior thesis honors from the Center for Law and Liberal Education, and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1984, graduating with Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Charles Evans Hughes Fellowship, and Jane Marks Murphy Prize honors.

From 1984 to 1987, Professor Alfieri served as a staff attorney in the South Bronx trial office of the Civil Division of the New York Legal Aid Society, specializing in federal and state complex public benefits litigation. Subsequently, he held clinical appointments at New York Law School, where he served as a Clinical Associate Professor and the Managing Attorney of the Federal Litigation Clinic supervising a docket of federal and state administrative, district court, and appellate court cases, and at Marquette University Law School where he served as an Assistant Professor of Law and the Director of Clinical Studies. Additionally, he recently served as a Visiting Scholar for a five-year term at the Dartmouth College Ethics Institute.

In 1991, Professor Alfieri joined the University of Miami School of Law, where he teaches legal ethics and professional responsibility, civil procedure, litigation and transactional skills, law firm management, and legal malpractice. He has written 93 published and forthcoming articles, essays, chapters, and editorials on civil rights and poverty law, ethics and professional responsibility, the law of lawyering, and the legal profession in leading law journals, newspapers, and book anthologies. This body of scholarship, together with his work on behalf of the Center for Ethics and Public Service, has been cited and downloaded more than 8,000 times in law journals, research networks, and the media (e.g., Daily Business Review, Miami Herald, New York Times, Sun-Sentinel, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, ABC News Nightline, CNN, National Public Radio, and PBS). His scholarship has been cited by both trial and appellate courts.

At the Center for Ethics and Public Service, Professor Alfieri supervises graduate and undergraduate students working on education, research, and policy projects in the fields of civil rights and poverty law, environmental justice, housing and economic development, nonprofit governance, oral history and documentary filmmaking, and public health. Under his direction, the Center for Ethics and Public Service has won the American Bar Association 1998 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award, the Florida Bar Seventh Annual 1999-2000 Professionalism Award, and the Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics and Public Trust 2001 ARETE Award for nonprofit of the year.

Professor Alfieri is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a member of the New York Bar; a Law Faculty Affiliate Member of The Florida Bar; a former member of the Ethics, Integrity & Accountability Task Force of the Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, the Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism, the Florida Bar Task Force on the Attorney-Client Privilege, and the Executive Committees of the Association of American Law Schools Sections on Clinical Education and Professional Responsibility; a former advisor to the Miami-Dade County Alliance for Ethical Government; an elected fellow of the American Bar Foundation and an elected member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society and the Alpha Epsilon Lambda Graduate Honor Society at the University of Miami; a former Contributing Op-Ed Columnist for the Miami Herald; and the winner of the 2000 and 2009 Richard Hausler Professor of the Year Award and the Class of 2000 Amicus Curiae Dedication, the Florida Supreme Court 1999 Faculty Professionalism Award, the Association of American Law Schools Section on Clinical Education 2004-2005 Gary Bellow Scholar Award, the Association of American Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education 2007 William Pincus Award, the Association of American Law Schools Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities 2007 Father Robert Drinan Award, the University of Miami School of Law’s 2011-2012 Public Interest Innovative Service Award, and the Association of American Law Schools Section on Professional Responsibility 2022 Fred C. Zacharias Memorial Prize for Scholarship in Professional Responsibility.

Professor Alfieri has been accepted in federal and state courts as a testifying expert witness, and has served as a non-testifying expert consultant, in civil rights, legal ethics, malpractice liability, and professional responsibility matters on behalf of for-profit and nonprofit law firms as well as governmental and non-governmental entities, and civic associations, and has served as a legal ethics expert for the Discipline Counsel of the Florida Bar. He also has lectured widely on ethics and professional responsibility for bar associations, civic and faith-based groups, corporations, for-profit and nonprofit law firms, government agencies, and federal and state courts. Since 1988,  he has served on nine nonprofit boards, currently including GRACE, Inc. (Grove Rights and Community Equity), the St. Paul Community Development Corporation, and the Coconut Grove Ministerial Alliance of Black Churches.

Area of Expertise
  • Legal ethics and professional responsibility
  • Civil procedure
  • Civil rights, environmental justice, and poverty law
  • Nonprofit corporate governance
  • Law firm management
  • Legal malpractice and professional liability


1984J.D. , Columbia University School of Law
1981A.B. , Brown University Center for Law and Liberal Education