The Florida Bar

Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education

Logo for the Benchmarks Civics Education program, which is a brown gavel on a blue square with rounded corners.The Benchmarks program, overseen by The Florida Bar’s Constitutional Judiciary Committee, offers attorneys and judges the training and tools to speak to adult civic and community groups about the fundamentals of government and the courts.

Become a Speaker

Attorneys can become Benchmarks presenters by watching the video training. When training is completed, sign up with The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau. Attorneys who watch the video training can receive .5 CLE credit – course number 6636.

Upcoming Live Training

There will be two live, in-person trainings held at the 2024 Florida Bar Annual Convention at the Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Registration link will be posted when available.)

Presentations

Presentation previews, presenter tools and materials, and login information for the Nearpod interactive presentation follow.

Thank you to the University of Central Florida Lou Frey Institute for their assistance in developing the educational presentations.

Sorting the Courts

Participants will learn more the different levels of the Florida court system, explore the role of judges and juries, and learn ways to stay engaged with the judicial branch and why that is important.

Is that Constitutional?

The U.S. Supreme Court & Judicial Review

Participants will learn more about the role of the U.S. Supreme Court and how the concept of judicial review came to be.  They will also explore differences between judicial restraint and judicial activism as well as learn ways to stay engaged with the judicial branch and why that is important.

The Fourth Amendment in the Courts

The Digital Age & Privacy

Participants will learn more about the fourth amendment and the challenges that technology have caused in its interpretation. Opportunities will be provided to dive into the evolution of the amendment through case law and discuss possible future challenges to come.