Carol L. Zeiner, St. Thomas University law professor and former champion swimmer.

St. Thomas University Law Professor Carol L. Zeiner became the newest member of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust last week after being sworn in by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey.

The five-member commission formally announced Zeiner’s appointment at the commission meeting Wednesday.

“I think it’s a great honor and a wonderful way to give back to the community,” Zeiner said.

Zeiner, who was third in her law school class at the University of Miami and also former champion swimmer, has taught at St. Thomas since 2002. She replaces former St. Thomas professor Marcia Narine Weldon, who resigned to take a job at the University of Miami. The two law schools alternate making appointments to the commission. Since appointees serve a four-year term and St. Thomas’ appointee has about one year left before the University of Miami makes its appointment, Zeiner will not serve a full term on the commission.

The other seats on the commission are filled by the 11th Judicial Circuit chief judge, the Florida International University Labor Relations Center and the Miami-Dade League of Cities. All but the FIU appointee are lawyers.

Before her work on the St. Thomas faculty, Zeiner was chief legal officer at Miami Dade College. She has also practiced at Blackwell & Walker; Shutts & Bowen; and been in-house counsel at Wometco Enterprises Inc.

While in Tallahassee in 1970, Zeiner became the first woman from Florida State University to compete in the women’s NCAA national swim meet­—two years before Title IX made gender discrimination illegal in college sports.

The Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics was created to restore public confidence in government and to serve as the guardian of the public trust. It informs the public and private sectors about laws and seeks to ensure compliance. It is empowered to subpoena, audit, and investigate all facts and persons materially related to a complaint.