The Florida Bar

Speakers Bureau
This email digest is dedicated to the interaction and education of volunteer speaker members of The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau. Submit items of interest to Mr. Dorohn A. Frazier at, or mail to The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300. Photos sent by email should be in jpg or gif format.

March 15, 2017

Continued thanks go out to our Speakers Bureau volunteers!

We're grateful for your willingness to selflessly help individuals in civic groups and organizations better understand their basic legal rights and responsibilities and the important role of lawyers in American society.

We encourage speakers to please keep taking photos to commemorate your events. Forward them to us, and the photos will be included in upcoming newsletters!

Here are a few photos from a recent Speakers Bureau event in Boca Raton.
Attorney Jennifer Gomez lectures a group of graduate level Social Work students on elder and health law.

Find out more about ‘Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education’

“Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education” provides attorneys with presentations that they can use to teach the fundamentals of government and the courts to adult civic and community groups. This is a critical mission for The Florida Bar. An informed public is the best defense of a vigorous democracy, the rule of law and impartial and fair judiciary.

Each of the Benchmarks presentations has an overview and supporting materials developed by nationally known legal educator Annette Boyd Pitts of the Florida Law Related Education Association working with The Florida Bar’s Constitutional Judiciary Committee. The Benchmarks portfolio now includes 13 presentations in three categories: Constitution and the Bill of Rights; Courts and the Judicial Branch; and Special Topics. All presentations are on The Florida Bar website
( and ready to download.

Benchmarks is part of The Florida Bar Strategic Plan to “enhance the legal profession and the public’s trust and confidence in attorneys and the justice system.” Under it, attorneys earn CLE credits by attending training sessions on how to make Benchmarks presentations in their communities. They also can earn CLE credit for making presentations.

Benchmarks trainings sessions are scheduled at Florida Bar meetings at the Annual Convention and the fall and winter meetings.

Additionally, attorneys can tune into the Benchmarks webinar to be trained and then begin making presentations.

The next edition of the Speakers Bureau newsletter will review two of the Benchmarks activities. For more information about Benchmarks, please call or email Susannah Lyle at or call (850)561-5669.
Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year nominations sought
Foreclosure. Bankruptcy. Credit and loan problems. Debt collection. Attorneys practicing in these areas of law are the ones consumers turn when they need help in matters close to home. In June, one attorney who is passionate and dedicated in representing consumers will receive The Florida Bar Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year Award. Deadline for nominations is Friday, April 7. Nomination forms can be submitted by email. Details: (850) 561-5669 or email
Job applicants sought for Florida Bar ED

The Florida Bar is seeking applications for the position of executive director to succeed current Executive Director Jack Harkness, who announced his upcoming retirement after 37 years.

The executive director, based in Tallahassee, implements the policies, programs and objectives set by the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar and the Florida Supreme Court.

A J.D. degree is required; membership in The Florida Bar is preferred. As the chief executive officer of The Florida Bar with direct charge of all operations, the executive director manages a large staff (the Bar has more than 325 employees) as well as supervises large budgets and has responsibility for financial matters. Management experience is important and an MBA degree is helpful.

Review the complete job description.

Indications of interest, inquiries and nominations should be directed by email to: Barbara Mendel Mayden, Young Mayden, LLC,

The Florida Bar is an equal opportunity employer.

Law Day materials available from ABA

The 2017 theme of Law Week provides the opportunity to explore the many ways that the Fourteenth Amendment has reshaped American law and society. Through its Citizenship, Due Process and Equal Protection clauses, this transformative amendment advanced the rights of all Americans. It also played a pivotal role in extending the reach of the Bill of Rights to the states.
Download the Law Day 2017 Planning Guide for helpful resources such as:

- Overview of the Fourteenth Amendment
- Timeline of Key Cases and Legislation
- Tips and Programming Ideas
- Lesson Plans
- Talking Points
- Event Promotion Checklist

Also available for download is the
Dialogue on the Fourteenth Amendment.

This Dialogue guide provides lawyers, judges, teachers and other civic leaders with the resources to have an engaging discussion with students or the public on the fundamentals of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Visit for more details on
The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy

Speaker requests have been received and we need volunteers for the following locations.

April 13 - noonBoca RatonAnimal LawParalegals
May 16 - 6 p.m.MiamiHealth LawParalegals/Legal Assistants
June 10 - 10 a.m.West Palm BeachCriminal LawCriminal Defense Attorneys
June 20 - 6 p.m.MiamiFirst AmendmentParalegals/Legal Assistants

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Mr. Dorohn A. Frazier
Speakers Bureau Liaison
The Florida Bar,
651 E. Jefferson Street,
Tallahassee FL 32399-2300

1-800-342-8060, extension 5701

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