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Register for a free Benchmarks seminar at Fall Meeting
Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education is civics education for adults – presented in an engaging and fun format that leaves participants wanting more, as noted by recent attendees:
“All excellent and very informative.”
“Awakened my knowledge of the Constitution.”
A seminar to teach attorneys how to make Benchmarks presentations will be held Friday, Sept. 18, from 8:30 till 10 a.m. at the Tampa Airport Marriott. Register by emailing: Susannah Lyle – email@example.com. Questions: (850) 561- 5669
|Activity for Constitution Day Sept. 17!|
Just in time for Constitution Day, Sept. 17, Benchmarks presents a new activity: Citizenship, Constitution & Courts: Rights of the Accused. This activity celebrates the 228th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution and Citizenship Day by examining the U.S. Constitution and the rights the Constitution protects. It is a great activity for Benchmarks speakers invited to give presentations for Constitution Day.
Informed Voters-Fair Judges Project
The Informed Voters-Fair Judges Project of the National Association of Women Judges 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (850) 561-5834.
We're glad you want to make Benchmarks presentations! This Benchmarks Toolkit will help you get started! Tools included are:
Constitution and the Bill of Rights
Activities in this category examine methods of amending Florida's Constitution and the limited role the courts have in that process; the method by which a judge would weigh a law whose constitutionality is being challenged; the rights included in the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution; and an exploration of the courts and the Constitution through a case study.
Courts and the Judicial Branch
Benchmark activities in this category include explorations of the way labels are used to explain judicial decisions; how judges approach making their rulings and the factors they must consider; how judges are elected in Florida and how Florida's merit selection/retention process works; and the role of juries.
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.
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.|
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 email@example.com.