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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 Jeff Doran at jdoran@flabar.org, 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.


06-06-2014

Hello, Speakers Bureau volunteers!

We are pleased to announce changes to the Speakers Bureau that will simplify the way you play an active role as a Florida Bar speaker. The changes include updates to the database, easier sign-up and more regular communication with attorney volunteers. With the retooling of the database, your speaker profile will be linked to your attorney profile, ensuring that your contact information is up-to-date.

We ask that you recommit to being a member of The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau so that we know that you still want to have an active role in speaking to civic and community groups about our justice system and various legal topics.

Please join with us in building our team of volunteer speakers from the ground up. To recommit to being part of this Florida Bar initiative, simply follow this link or click the "Become a Speaker" button below. When prompted, sign in using your Florida Bar log-in information and complete the electronic Speaker Form. No need to submit paper forms!



We have also simplified the form that you fill out to indicate which topics you want to speak about to civic and community groups. One of the topics we are emphasizing is Benchmarks, an initiative of The Florida Bar and its Constitutional Judiciary Committee. Speakers who have listened to the online Benchmarks webinar or taken a Benchmarks seminar can sign up to make Benchmarks presentations. The presentations are available at www.floridabar.org/Benchmarks and cover topics such as the election of judges, an examination of voting rights, interpreting laws and more. Each Benchmarks activity has an overview to guide the presentation; most also have slide presentations.

You can also
register for the Benchmarks/Informed Voters Project seminar that is being held at the Annual Convention.
Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente is presenting during this seminar that will prepare attorneys and judges to talk to civic and community groups about the importance of a fair and impartial judiciary, the rule of law and the courts and the Constitution.

Pariente, state coordinating committee chairperson for
Informed Voters Fair Judges, will join Annette Pitts, executive director of the Florida Law Related Education Association, for the seminar that will give overviews of The Florida Bar's Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education program and the National Association of Women Judges' Informed Voters two-hour seminar is being held on Friday, June 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. Registration available online. Questions: Call (850) 561-5669.
As for additional Speakers Bureau changes, there will also be a form for organizations to fill out to give us feedback about presentations. Each month, speakers will receive an e-newsletter, listing who has made presentations and offering ideas on how to get the speaking assignments you want through outreach to civic groups.

Thank you for being a part of the Speakers Bureau, which exists to promote an understanding of our constitutionally based system of government, knowledge about the justice system and an appreciation of the role lawyers play to protect the rights of all.


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Jeff Doran
Speakers Bureau Liaison
The Florida Bar,
651 E. Jefferson Street,
Tallahassee FL 32399-2300

1-800-342-8060, extension 5773
Mailto:
jdoran@flabar.org

[Revised: 09-19-2014]