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Anita  Cava

Anita Cava

Professor, Business Law


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.


  • Attracted $3 million from Ms. Adrienne Arsht to support UM Ethics Programs
  • Attracted $1.5 million plus to Miami Herbert Business School to support Business Ethics Program and Compliance initiatives

Research Interests

Corporate corruption and compliance; Legal and ethical aspects of health administration

Featured Publications

  • Earle, B. and 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. and 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, 13 Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business 439-468 (2014) (invited) (SSRN 10 most downloaded 12/9/14)

    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, 51 American Business Law Journal 515-597 (2014) (awarded the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) Virginia Maurer Award, Outstanding Ethics Paper)

    Earle, B. and Cava, A. When is a Bribe Not a Bribe? Rethinking the FCPA in Light of Business Reality, 23 University of Indiana International and Comparative Law Journal 111-161 (2013)

    Cava, A. and Stewart, B., Quid Pro Quo Corruption is "So Yesterday": Restoring Honest Services Fraud After Skilling and Black, 12 U.C. Davis Business Law Journal 1- 29 (2011)

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

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

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

    Goodman, K. and Cava, A., Bioethics, Business Ethics and Science: Bioinformatics and the Future of Healthcare, 17 Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 1-12 (2008).

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

    Mitchell, C., Armstrong, F., Goodman, K., Cava, A. and Scott, G., Disclosure of HIV Status to an Infected Child: Medical, Psychological, Ethical, and Legal Perspectives, 19; 1 Journal of Clinical Ethics 43-52 (2008).

Teaching and Professional Experience

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


  • Health care law and ethics
  • Corporate compliance and corruption


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

Honors and Awards

  • 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)
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