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Roberta K. Flowers

Stetson University College of Law
Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Excellence in Elder Law
Gulfport, FL, USA

Roberta K. Flowers is a Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law and the Co-Director of the Center for Excellence in Elder Law.  She also serves as the Editor of the International Journal on Aging, Law and Policy at Stetson.  Professor Flowers teaches ethics in an elder law practice in the Elder Law LL.M. program.   She also teaches evidence, criminal procedure, and professional responsibility.  She has served as the Director of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy Center and as the William Reece Smith, Jr. Distinguished Professor in Professionalism.  During her time at Stetson, Professor Flowers has received the University level award for Excellence in Teaching, an Award for Most Inspirational Teacher from the Student Bar Association and an award from the SBA for Supporting the Life of the Students.  She also received the University level Homer and Dolly Hand Award for Excellence in Scholarship.  She has also been awarded the Dean’s Award for Extraordinary Service and she has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award four times.  In 2005, The Florida Supreme Court awarded Professor Flowers the Faculty Professionalism Award.

She has lectured throughout the United States and internationally in the area of Ethics.  Professor Flowers produced a series of educational videos on the ethical issues faced by Prosecuting Attorneys which won a Telly Award for Excellence in Educational Films.  Along with Professor Rebecca Morgan, she created a set of videos depicting ethical dilemmas faced by elder law attorneys, which have been used throughout the United States to train attorneys. The Florida Supreme Court awarded Professors Morgan and Flowers the Florida Supreme Court Professionalism Award for their work on these videos. Additionally, with Professor Morgan, Professor Flowers designed the first “elder friendly courtroom” in the nation, which is a model of the important considerations that should be made when creating courtrooms of the future. 

Before coming to Stetson, Professor Flowers worked as a prosecutor both in the state and federal system. She began her career in 1984 as a deputy district attorney for the Eighteenth Judicial District of Colorado, where she served as a trial attorney in the criminal division. In 1989, she was appointed assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, where she served in the Appellate Division, the Major Crimes Unit and the Public Corruption Unit.

Professor Flowers graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She received her Juries Doctorate from the University of Colorado in 1984, where she was selected to be a member of the Order of the Coif.

Professor Flowers’ research interests revolve around the issues of ethics and professionalism. Professor Flowers’ articles have appeared in such journals as the Fordham Law Review, the Boston College Law Review, Missouri Law Review, the Nebraska Law Review, the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, the Stetson Law Review, and the NAELA Journal.  She is a co-author with Professor Rebecca Morgan of the ABA published book Ethics and the Practice of Elder Law.

Professor Flowers is active in several professional associations.  She is currently on the Board of Directors for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).  She is also on the Board of Directors for Gulfcoast Legal Services and Impact Pinellas.  She will begin a three-year term in October, 2014 serving on the 6th Circuit Grievance Committee.  She has served on numerous committees of the Florida Bar including the Professional Ethics Committee, the Evidence Committee and the Standing Committee on Professionalism.  She is currently the chair of the Professionalism Sub-Committee of the Litigation Section’s Ethics and Professionalism Committee of the American Bar Association.


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