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August 15, 2014
Revamped Speakers Bureau needs volunteers

The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau needs volunteers.

After retooling the appearance, topics, and interactive functions on the Bar website (, the Speakers Bureau is asking members to recommit to this volunteer project that pairs attorneys with civic and community groups requesting speakers on legal topics.

Speakers Bureau Changes to the Speakers Bureau include making it easier for volunteers to join, more regular communication with members, and linking attorneys’ Bar profile information to their Speaker Bureau memberships so that contact information is always up to date.

The form to indicate preferred topics is streamlined with topics including advanced directives; animal law; bankruptcy; benchmarks; business law; civil law; consumer protection; criminal law; elder law; environmental law; estate planning; family law; First Amendment; health law; justice teaching; labor and employment law and SSI/Social Security; law education; real property law; sports law; security disability; tax law; and trial law.

One topic the Speakers Bureau emphasizes is the Benchmarks program. An initiative of The Florida Bar and its Constitutional Judiciary Committee, Benchmarks features attorneys speaking to community groups about civics education. Speakers who have listened to the online Benchmarks webinar or taken a Benchmarks seminar may register to make Benchmarks presentations. The presentations are available at and cover topics such as the election of judges, an examination of voting rights, interpreting laws, and more. Each Benchmarks activity has an overview to guide the presentation; most have slide presentations.

Each month, speakers will receive an e-newsletter, listing who has made presentations and offering ideas on how to get speaking assignments through outreach to civic groups.

For more information, contact Speakers Bureau Coordinator Kenia Escobar at

[Revised: 11-28-2015]