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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.

December 8, 2016

Monthly Speaker Tip: Public Speaking Skill #1 - Stage Presence

Good public speakers appear confident, friendly, enthusiastic and energetic. Confidence comes from choosing a topic you like and researching it well.

Friendliness can be conveyed simply by smiling at your audience. Enthusiasm and energy will naturally follow when you enjoy your topic and are well prepared.

If you feel that your stage presence is lacking, take some time and view clips of speakers that you admire. Aim to imitate their style.

If you are adequately prepared, there isn't any reason why you can't "fake it 'til you make it." In other words, act confident until you feel confident.

To see Public Speaking Skills #2-5, please click
New technology requirement

Effective Jan.1, 2017, each member of The Florida Bar shall complete a minimum of 33 credit hours of approved continuing legal education activity every three years, pursuant to Amendment to Rule 6-10.3(b).

Five of the 33 credit hours must be in approved legal ethics, professionalism, bias elimination, substance abuse, or mental illness awareness programs and three of the 33 credit hours must be in approved technology programs that are included in, not in addition to, the regular 33 credit hour requirement.

If a member completes more than 33 credit hours during any reporting cycle, the excess credits cannot be carried over to the next reporting cycle.

Compliance for the new rule will begin in the member’s next reporting cycle following the Jan. 1, 2017, effective date.
Fun seminar on civics education training to be held at Florida Bar Winter Meeting

Dozens 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 the Bill of Rights; the Courts and the Judiciary; and Special Topics.

“Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education” will be held on Friday, Jan. 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

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 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: 1 ethics credit hour for each presentation for up to three presentations in a three-year reporting period.

The Orlando seminar offers 2 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 or call (850) 561-5669.

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

February 2, 2017 - 6 p.m.MiamiConsumer ProtectionParalegals/Legal Assistants
April 13, 2017 - noonBoca RatonAnimal LawParalegals

During future Speakers Bureau engagements, we encourage speakers to please take photos at the events and forward them to us. The photos will be included in upcoming newsletters!

Thank you!

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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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