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Speakers Bureau
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 Mr. Dorohn A. Frazier at, 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.

April 20, 2017

Thank you, Speakers Bureau volunteers!

We're grateful for your willingness to help individuals in civic groups and organizations better understand their basic legal rights and responsibilities and the important role of lawyers in American society.

Please keep taking photos to commemorate your events. Forward them to us, and the photos will be included in upcoming newsletters!

Here are a few photos from a recent Speakers Bureau event in Boca Raton. Attorney Avery S. Chapman spoke to a paralegal association on animal law.

CRC info at

Constitution Revision Commission work begins

Board of Governors Member Paul Sangiovanni of Orlando (at the podium) offered the CRC The Florida Bar’s assistance and support at its first public hearing in Orlando.
Public hearings continue for Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission, with the next scheduled hearing set for April 26 in Gainesville. The CRC has held hearings in Orlando, Miami, Boca Raton and Tallahassee as part of its, “Floridians Speak, We Listen” statewide tour. Several Florida Bar leaders have joined hundreds of other Floridians speaking before the commission. Florida Bar President Bill Schifino, Jr. is one of the members along with former Bar President Hank Coxe.

With a diverse population of attorneys from every legal subject area, The Florida Bar has offered assistance and support, including serving as an authoritative and unbiased resource for the commission. In addition, The Florida Bar sections and committees for particular subject areas as well as board certified attorneys who are experts in their respective fields are being asked to be resources, including providing assistance with research, answering questions, and consulting on fine points of law in areas as complex and diverse as tax, real property and land use law.

The commission will meet for approximately one year, traveling Florida, identifying issues, conducting research and recommending changes to the Constitution. Information gathered from the public hearings could help shape the changes on the ballot in 2018 for voter consideration. For more information about the CRC, visit
Interesting and interactive presentations on civics education

What rights are in the first 10 amendments?
"Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education" offers attorneys activities they can use when they are invited to speak to adult civic and community groups.

This month’s focus is on “What’s Not in the Bill of Rights?”

In this activity, participants learn about the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution – the Bill of Rights – and the process for amending the U.S. Constitution.
After the first 10 amendments, another 17 were added to the U.S. Constitution for a total of 27. In a fun activity, participants get to consider proposing a 28th amendment. Attorneys will find this is a good presentation to use during Constitution Week (Sept. 17 – 23).

Benchmarks materials are available online at and are grouped in three categories: Constitution and the Bill of Rights; Courts and the Judicial Branch; and Special Topics.
Increasing public awareness of how the government and courts work is a critical mission for The Florida Bar. An informed public is the best defense of the rule of law and a fair and impartial judiciary. Attorneys can receive CLE credit for making Benchmarks presentations.
Law Day is May 1. The ABA provides valuable materials

The 2017 theme of Law Week provides the opportunity to explore the many ways that the Fourteenth Amendment has reshaped U.S. law and society. Through its Citizenship, Due Process and Equal Protection clauses, this transformative amendment advanced the rights of all Americans. It also played a pivotal role in extending the reach of the Bill of Rights to the states.
Download the Law Day 2017 Planning Guide for helpful resources such as:

- Overview of the Fourteenth Amendment
- Timeline of key cases and legislation
- Tips and programming ideas
- Lesson plans
- Talking points
- Event promotion checklist

Also available for download is the
Dialogue on the Fourteenth Amendment.

This Dialogue guide provides lawyers, judges, teachers and other civic leaders with the resources to have an engaging discussion on the fundamentals of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Visit for more details on
The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy
The Florida Bar upgrading to new member portal

Beginning April 3, Bar members were encouraged to log in to the Bar’s website and follow instructions to create an account in the new MyFloridaBar Members Portal. The new system will require a new username and password. The login members currently use when accessing services through the Bar website cannot be used in the new system. The new MyFloridaBar Members Portal will help members more easily conduct e-commerce activities with the Bar, with expanded options for purchasing CLEs, registering for events and paying fees once the portal is fully launched May 1. Members must have their new login set up to pay their annual fees online beginning in May. The current system will not be available after May 1.

View more information about the new portal here.
Lawyers Advising Lawyers website launched
Through its partnership with the Young Lawyers Division, The Florida Bar has launched a new website. Lawyers Advising Lawyers features a peer-to-peer program giving members across the state access to veteran attorneys who can help answer procedural and substantive legal questions across more than 50 practice areas.

Lawyers Advising Lawyers gives experienced attorneys a platform to assist lawyers with issues they have previously dealt with during their careers, by phone or email.

To apply to become a volunteer advisor or for more information about Lawyers Advising Lawyers, please visit .
Open Speaking Opportunities at several venues

Speaker requests have been received and we need volunteers for the following locations.

May 4 - noonJacksonvilleCivil LawParalegals
May 7 - 10:15 a.m.Boynton BeachEstate PlanningElderly Men
May 11 - noonBoca RatonSports LawParalegals
June 8 - noonBoca RatonBankruptcyParalegals
June 15 - 12:15 p.m.SebringReal Property/Antitrust LawsAssociation of Realtors
June 21 - 6 p.m.St. PetersburgBusiness LawPayroll and HR Professionals

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Mr. Dorohn A. Frazier
Speakers Bureau Liaison
The Florida Bar,
651 E. Jefferson Street,
Tallahassee FL 32399-2300

1-800-342-8060, extension 5701

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