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February 1, 2014

Diana Santa Maria, right
WHEN BAR PRESIDENT EUGENE PETTIS took office, he issued a challenge to all new members of the Board of Governors to set up and present a Benchmarks adult civic education presentation in their communities. Diana Santa Maria, 17th Circuit representative, met the challenge recently at an Hispanic Unity of Florida event in Hollywood. Hispanic Unity’s mission is to empower Hispanics and other members of the community to become self-sufficient, civically engaged, and lead productive lives. An initiative of The Florida Bar and its Constitutional Judiciary Committee, “Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education” is designed to give attorneys activities that they can use to teach the fundamentals of government and the courts to adult civic and community groups. Each activity has an overview to outline how the activity should be presented and supporting materials, such as PowerPoints and handouts. For more information, visit or call the Public Information and Bar Services Department at 850-561-5834.

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