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Anita Cava

Professor, Business Law with a joint appointment in the Department of Health Sector Management and Policy
Director, Miami Herbert Business School Ethics Program
Co-Director, University of Miami Ethics Programs

Anita Cava is the Director of the Business Ethics Program and 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. Her current research interests are the legal and ethical aspects of health administration as well as corporate/community engagement and business ethics, with a focus on international corruption. Professor Cava is the Academic Director of the Miami Herbert Business School 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 and in Mexico City, Mexico in 2014. She is an active member of the Latin American Ethics and Compliance Network.

As part of the Legal, Ethical and Social Implications (ELSI) Workgroup at the University, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Project Health Design, she considered the conundrums being generated by electronic health information. Her article resulting from this work, Health Privacy in a Networked World: A Cyber-Patient’s Bill of Rights (with Patricia Abril), appears in the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property. Research on health care issues has appeared in the Journal of Clinical Ethics, the Cambridge Healthcare Quarterly, and Issues in Spinal Cord Research.

Recent scholarly work examining legal and ethical obligations of corporations include The Mystery of Declinations Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act:  A Proposal to Incentivize Compliance (with Beverley Earle), published in the UC Davis Law Review (2015), and Crime and Punishment (or the Lack Thereof) for Financial Fraud in the Subprime Mortgage Meltdown:  Reasons and Remedies for Legal and Ethical Lapses (with Don Mayer and Catharine Baird), which appears in the American Business Law Journal (2014). Other articles on the FCPA and the honest services fraud statute appear in the Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business, the Indiana International & Comparative Law Review, the UC Davis Business Law Journal, the Journal of Business Ethics and in the University of Hawaii Law Review. Previous publications include the Berkeley Journal of Employment Law, the University of Maryland Law Review, the Santa Clara Law Review, and the Arkansas Law Review, in addition to other legal and business journals.

Over the past decade, Professor Cava has helped to launch innovative projects at 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, the 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 include 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 and serves as the faculty advisor to the University of Miami Ethics Society. In 2006 and again in 2012 and 2013, she taught Corporate Social Responsibility at the American University in Paris.

In 2009, Professor Cava was honored by the University of Miami Faculty Senate Outstanding Teaching Award, given to one University faculty member each year. That same year, the University of Miami Alumni Association presented Cava with the “Inside Out” Award, recognizing her efforts to bring alumni back to campus to engage in discussion about ethics. Professor Cava is also the recipient of several Miami Herbert Business School Excellence in Teaching Awards and, in 1996, a University-wide Provost’s Excellence in Teaching Award. 

A frequent speaker on the topics of business ethics, corporate compliance and the legal and ethical environment of electronic medical information, Professor Cava’s audiences have included Baptist Health  System, Cordis Corporation, Palm Beach County Principals and the Institute for Non-Profit Management, as well as community groups, management trainees, and staff at several corporations and non-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.

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