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.

April 25, 2016

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The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau is committed to promoting a positive image of the legal profession. As a licensed member of The Florida Bar, you can help both the Bar and the legal community by educating and informing the public on the different aspects of law and how our system works.

We welcome volunteers who are able to talk to businesses, civic, educational, professional, social and other groups on these topics in 2016. If you are a member of our Speakers Bureau, please email to volunteer for these opportunities:

Date CityTopicAudience
June 22. 2016 Miami Area Environmental LawParalegals/Legal Support Association
July 20, 2016 Miami Area Animal Law Paralegals/Legal Support Association
Aug. 24, 2016 PlantationAnimal Law Code Enforcement/Animal Control Officers
Sept. 28, 2016 PlantationReal Property Law Code Enforcement Officers
Nov. 16, 2016 MiamiBusiness Law Paralegals/Legal Support Association

If you have questions or need additional assistance, please contact Dorohn A. Frazier at 850.561.5701.
    Free webinar offered on Constitution Revision Commission

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    The new Florida Bar Benchmarks presentation “Every 20 Years” about the upcoming Constitution Revision Commission will be presented in a Young Lawyers Division webinar on May 11 at noon with Annette Pitts, executive director of The Florida Law Related Education Association.

    The webinar offers 1 General Credit and .5 Ethics Credit. To register, visit:

    In Florida, the CRC convenes every 20 years to hold public hearings and then put amendments to the Florida Constitution directly on the ballot for voters to decide. In 1998, the CRC put nine proposals before voters, who adopted eight of them.

    The public has a chance to get involved with the CRC by suggesting people to be appointed to the commission; attending hearings and offering ideas for amendments; and voting on proposals that make it to the ballot in November 2018.

    After being trained in the webinar, attorneys will be able to take the “Every 20 Years” Benchmarks presentation to civic groups in their communities wanting to learn more about the commission and its work.

    “Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education” is a Florida Bar program offering civics education for adults in a fast-paced and engaging format. Questions: Email or call (850) 561-5669.

Law Day in Florida proclaimed by Gov. Rick Scott
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    Gov. Rick Scott signed a proclamation officially recognizing May 1 as Law Day in Florida. A copy of the proclamation is available on the voluntary bar web page, along with access to other resources to commemorate this year's celebration.

    The 2016 Law Day theme —
    Miranda: More than Words — goes beyond the familiar Miranda Warning and will explore the procedural protections afforded to all of us by the U.S. Constitution, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts, and why the preservation of these principles is essential to our liberty.

    For your information and use, a Law Day 2016 Planning Guide can be
    downloaded here. The Guide is loaded with resources to assist in your organizations upcoming Law Day celebration. There are also other materials available on the ABA Law Day website at

Judicial elections video produced in Volusia County

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    The Volusia County Bar Association teamed up with the League of Women Voters & YLD to produce this video on judicial elections. The trio wants to educate the public on why judicial elections are different, why their vote is important and how to find information about the candidates and incumbents.

    See the YouTube video.
President’s presentation on gender bias survey soon to be available as video CLE

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    The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD) recently conducted a Survey on Women in the Legal Profession, to gain a better understanding of workplace issues and how our profession can do better to narrow the gender gap. Communicating the results of this important issue to members of The Florida Bar continues to be a top priority of Florida Bar President Ramón Abadin.

    President Abadin is traveling and speaking with a number of FAWL chapters and voluntary bar associations statewide and engaging members on this issue. His presentation at the Tallahassee Women Lawyers/Tallahassee Bar Association on April 13 was videotaped and will be offered as an online CLE video seminar. The Florida Bar has approved 1 CLE credit for this course.

New Legal Guide offered, while supplies last

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    Just in time for Law Day ... a limited supply of the new JustAdulting Legal Survival Guides is here and available for your use. Please email with the number of copies desired and we will ship those to you or your voluntary bar as long as supplies last. The Guide can also be downloaded here.

    For all JustAdulting components - video, Powerpoint game, etc., visit

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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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