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Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education

“Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education” is Florida Bar program that offers attorneys activities they can use to talk about government and the courts when they are invited to speak 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 a fair and impartial judiciary. Overviews and supporting materials for all Benchmarks activities are available online. They are grouped into three categories: Constitution and the Bill of RightsCourts and the Judicial Branch; and Special Topics. Attorneys who become trained in Benchmarks — by watching the webinar or attending a seminar — are eligible to earn CLE credits. Presenters can earn one ethics credit hour for each presentation for up to three presentations in a three-year reporting period. Sign up with the Speakers Bureau to learn about presentation opportunities. To order free Constitution pamphlets for your presentation, call (850) 561-5834.Benchmarks image of courts
Toolkit
Toolkit to get you started!
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News and Events
Constitution Pamphlet
Benchmark Activities:
Benchmarks Toolkit
Constitution and the Bill of Rights
Courts and the Judicial Branch
Special Topics
Request a Speaker and Become a Speaker
Evaluation of Presentation
Consumer Videos
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    News and Events
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    Informed Voters Fair JudgesInformed Voters-Fair Judges Project
    The Informed Voters-Fair Judges Project of the National Association of Women Judges External Link focuses on increasing the knowledge of citizens regarding the importance of a fair and impartial judiciary. Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente serves as state coordinating committee co-chairperson for the initiative. 

    Learn more about the Informed Voters Project and download materials for presentations.


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    Constitution Pamphlet
    Benchmarks speakers may request up to 50 copies of the Constitution Pamphlet, which also contains the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence. Send requests to pubinfo@floridabar.org or call (850) 561-5834.
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    Benchmark Activities:

    Benchmarks Toolkit
    We're glad you want to make Benchmarks presentations! This Benchmarks Toolkit will help you get started! Tools included are:

    Toolkit
    If you have questions, please contact Zannah Lyle at The Florida Bar at slyle@flabar.org or (850) 561-5669.

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      Special Topics
      Benchmark activities in this category include testing participants' basic knowledge about the structure and function of the government as well as an examination of voting practices historically and currently in the United States. 
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    Request a Speaker or Become a Speaker

    To request a speaker for your group, please fill out the online request form. Attorneys can become Benchmarks speakers by watching the online webinar (29 minutes) or by attending a Benchmarks training. When training is completed, sign up with The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau. Presenters can earn one ethics credit hour for each presentation for up to three presentations in a three-year reporting period. Form to apply for credit. PDF document opens in new window Consumer Pamphlet Benchmarks Presentation and The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau
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    Evaluation of Presentation

    Thank you for participating in a Benchmarks seminar. Please fill out the evaluation form and give it to the seminar coordinator or email to staff@flrea.org.

    [Revised: 07-22-2015]