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    News and Events

    Complimentary Benchmarks seminar offered at 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 PDF document opens in new windowat The Florida Bar Winter Meeting in Orlando, attendees will learn about the Constitution Revision Commission in the presentation “Every 20 Years.” “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. The seminar (course number 1608936N) is at the intermediate level and offers 2 General credits and .5 Ethics credits. To register: Email slyle@floridabar.org or call (850) 561-5669.

    Watch Every 20 Years webinar
    A webinar about the Benchmarks presentation “Every 20 Years” was recorded in cooperation with the Young Lawyers Division. Annette Pitts, executive director of The Florida Law Related Education Association, explains both the Benchmarks program and the presentation designed to educate the public about the upcoming Constitution Revision Commission, which convenes every 20 years. Those who watch the webinar are considered trained for presenting Benchmarks activities.
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    New Benchmarks activity focuses on upcoming Constitution Revision Commission
    Every 20 Years Florida's Constitution Revision Commission is a new Benchmarks presentation that highlights the processes for amending the Florida Constitution while focusing specifically on the Florida Constitution Revision Commission and how the public can be involved. In Florida, every 20 years a Constitution Revision Commission is appointed to hold hearings and consider issues of public concern and then propose amendments to the Florida Constitution. The upcoming CRC will propose amendments for the 2018 ballot. The CRC in 1998 put nine amendments on the ballot. Voters adopted eight of them.

    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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    Benchmarks Toolkit
    Benchmarks image of courtsWe're glad you want to make Benchmarks presentations! This Benchmarks Toolkit will help you get started!


    Attorneys who become trained in Benchmarks — by attending a seminar — are eligible to earn CLE credits. Sign up with the Speakers Bureau to learn about presentation opportunities. To order free Constitution pamphlets for your presentation, call (850) 561-5834.

    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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    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 attending a Benchmarks training, which are held locally by voluntary bar associations as well as at Florida Bar meetings. 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. Questions, please email: Slyle@flabar.org. 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: 12-05-2016]