The Florida Bar

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.

November 8, 2016

Florida Legal Access Gateway pilot project launched

Legal Access Gateway pilot
The Florida Legal Access Gateway, a joint effort of The Florida Commission on Access To Civil Justice and The Florida Bar Foundation has begun as a pilot project in Clay County, running through Nov. 30th. The pilot will be limited to divorces and evictions in Clay County, two of the most pressing issues that prompt people to seek legal help. The goal is to ultimately roll out statewide and become a model that other states can follow.

This video explains the Florida Commission on Access To Civil Justice Commission's Florida Legal Access Gateway project, in which The Florida Bar, the Foundation, the courts, the Florida Justice Technology Center - FJTC,
the clerks and the Commission are partners.

The Florida Legal Access Gateway (FLAG) web page
The Florida Bar Launches "FloridaBarNews.TV"

The Florida Bar has launched "FloridaBarNews.TV" -- a newscast-style video report of the top stories in The Florida Bar News!

Here's how it works: Top stories from each issue of The Florida Bar News will be produced in broadcast news format and distributed via the Bar’s social media channels ( and website (
The videos will all be under two minutes and will be posted weekly.

The videos will also be featured on a dedicated YouTube channel -- "FloridaBarNews.TV" -- so subscribe now!

In the first update, FloridaBarNews.TV reports on a sophisticated new scam targeting lawyers -- and how Bar members can avoid being victims.

We hope you enjoy this new way to receive important Florida legal news.

Register for complimentary Benchmarks session at Winter Meeting!

Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education is a Florida Bar program to give adults a refresher course on civics so they can better understand how government works, particularly the judiciary. At The Florida Bar Winter Meeting at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, the Benchmarks seminar on Friday, Jan. 27, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. will focus on the upcoming Constitution Revision Commission. Every 20 years in Florida, a specially appointed commission holds public hearings and then puts directly on the ballot proposed constitutional amendments. After attending the session, attorneys will be able to take the “Every 20 Years” presentation to civic groups in their communities.

Benchmarks sessions are fun as well as informative – and this one will be co-led by nationally recognized civics educator Annette Pitts, executive director of the Florida Law Related Education Association. Attorneys can receive CLE credit for making Benchmarks presentations: 1 ethics credit hour for each presentation for up to three presentations in a three-year reporting period. The seminar is presented by the Constitutional Judiciary Committee. Register by emailing: Questions: (850) 561-5669.
Monthly Speaker Tip: Don't defer answering questions

Speaker Tip
If a question pops up in the middle of your presentation, that's awesome: Someone is listening! So seize the opportunity. If you would have addressed it in a later slide, skip ahead. (If you've practiced skipping around, it won't throw you.) The best presentations feel like conversations, even if one-sided, so never ignore the opportunity to foster that sense of interaction. Never do anything to disengage your audience.

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Thank you

A special thank you goes out to all of the volunteers who have participated in The Florida Bar's Speakers’ Bureau program. We appreciate your willingness to help individuals in civic and community groups and organizations. They can now better understand their basic legal rights and responsibilities and the important function of lawyers in American society.

Your services are greatly appreciated!

Mark Your Calendars
Speaker requests have been received and we need volunteers for the following locations.
November 14, 2016 - 8:00 a.m.HomesteadTrial LawLaw Academy HS Students
January 17, 2017 - 6:00 p.m.MiamiBankruptcyParalegals/Legal Assistants
February 21, 2017 - 6:00 p.m.MiamiConsumer ProtectionParalegals/Legal Assistants
April 13, 2017 - 12:00 p.m.Boca RatonAnimal LawParalegals

During future Speakers Bureau engagements, we encourage speakers to please take photos at the events. The photos will be included in upcoming newsletters!

Thank you!

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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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