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December 15, 2016
Civics education training seminar set for the Bar’s Winter Meeting

Benchmarks logoDozens of Floridians are applying to serve on the upcoming Constitution Revision Commission — which convenes every 20 years and will be able to put amendments directly on the ballot for voters to consider in 2018.

Some of those proposals could affect the judiciary.

At a complimentary seminar at The Florida Bar Winter Meeting in Orlando, attendees will learn about the Constitution Revision Commission in the Benchmarks presentation called “Every 20 Years.” Additionally, they will get an overview of the other Benchmarks presentations about the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the courts and the judiciary, and special topics.

“Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education” will be held on Friday, January 27, 2017, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Miami Room 3. To register, email Susannah Read Lyle at slyle@floridabar.org.

Benchmarks is a Florida Bar program that gives adults a refresher course on civics so they can better understand how government works, particularly the judiciary. Benchmarks presentations are designed to be fun as well as informative — and this seminar will be co-led by nationally recognized civics educator Annette Pitts, executive director of the Florida Law Related Education Association.

Attorneys can receive CLE credit for making Benchmarks presentations: one ethics credit hour for each presentation for up to three presentations in a three-year reporting period.

The Orlando seminar offers two general credits and .5 ethics credits. At the intermediate level, the seminar course number is 1608936N.

The seminar is presented by the Constitutional Judiciary Committee. To register, email slyle@floridabar.org or call 850-561-5669.

[Revised: 04-18-2017]