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Benchmarks, Eugene Pettis
Benchmarks: How much do adults know about how their government works?

How much do adults know about how their government works?

Benchmarks: Why does this lack of knowledge matter?

Why does this lack of knowledge matter?

What is The Florida Bar doing to further adult civics education?

What is The Florida Bar doing to further adult civics education?

Benchmarks: How can attorneys learn to make Benchmarks presentations?

How can attorneys learn to make Benchmarks presentations?

What do the Benchmarks lessons cover?

What do the Benchmarks lessons cover?

How can I get the Benchmarks materials?

How can I get the Benchmarks materials?

What goes on in a Benchmarks presentation?

What goes on in a Benchmarks presentation?

Who designed the Benchmarks activities?

Who designed the Benchmarks activities?

Can attorneys get CLE credits for participating in Benchmarks?

Can attorneys get CLE credits for participating in Benchmarks?

How do attorneys get speaking engagements?

How do attorneys get speaking engagements?

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How much do adults know about how their government works?
Unfortunately, surveys show that many adults in the United States have limited knowledge about how our government works. In a recent survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, for example, only 37 percent of respondents could name all three branches of the U.S. government, and 35 percent could not name a single one.

Why does this lack of knowledge matter?
An informed public is the best defense of a vigorous democracy, the rule of law and a fair and impartial judiciary. Adults who understand how their government works are much more likely to participate by voting, for example. Helping adults gain a better understanding of their government strengthens and protects our democracy.

What is The Florida Bar doing to further adult civics education?
The Florida Bar created a program five years ago for attorneys to speak with adult civic groups about the structure and functions of our government. The program is called “Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education.”

How can attorneys learn to make Benchmarks presentations?
Attorneys can watch a webinar at www.floridabar.org/Benchmarks or attend seminars held in conjunction with Florida Bar meetings or hosted locally by voluntary bar groups.

What do the Benchmarks lessons cover?
Benchmarks activities are grouped in three categories: The Constitution and the Bill of Rights: Courts and the Judicial Branch; and Special Topics, such as Voting Rights.

How can I get the Benchmarks materials?
Benchmarks materials are available for download on The Florida Bar website at www.floridabar.org/Benchmarks.

What goes on in a Benchmarks presentation?
Benchmarks presentations are fun! They are interactive. Audience members are asked to participate by voting or answering questions or deciding cases.

Who designed the Benchmarks activities?
Annette Boyd Pitts, executive director of The Florida Law Related Education Association, designed the presentations working with The Florida Bar’s Constitutional Judiciary Committee. She is recognized nationally for her civics education programs.

Can attorneys get CLE credits for participating in Benchmarks?
In addition to getting credit for attending a training seminar, presenters can earn one ethics credit hour for each Benchmarks presentation for up to three presentations in a three-year reporting period.

How do attorneys get speaking engagements?
The best way to get speaking engagements is for attorneys to reach out to their own groups and organizations. They can also sign up with The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau to learn about opportunities. The web address is https://floridabar.org/speakers/.