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Request a Speaker on Benchmarks (Adult Civic Education) for your group!
“Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education” offers attorneys presentations about government and the courts that they can use when speaking to adult civic groups. This is a critical mission for The Florida Bar. An informed public is the best defense of a vigorous democracy, the rule of law and a fair and impartial judiciary. Overviews and supporting materials are online, grouped by: Constitution and the Bill of Rights; Courts and the Judicial Branch; and Special Topics. Attorneys who take the training – by watching the webinar or attending seminars that are held locally and in conjunction with Bar meetings – are eligible to make Benchmarks presentations. Presenters can earn one ethics credit hour for each presentation for up to three presentations in a three-year reporting period.
Watch ‘Every 20 Years’ webinar
A webinar about the Benchmarks presentation “Every 20 Years” was recorded in cooperation with the Young Lawyers Division. Annette Pitts, executive director of The Florida Law Related Education Association, describes the Benchmarks program and the presentation about the Constitution Revision Commission. Attorneys who watch the webinar are considered trained for presenting Benchmarks activities.
Complimentary Benchmarks session will be held at Annual Convention in Orlando
At The Florida Bar Annual Convention being held at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, the Benchmarks seminar on Thursday, June 14, from 9 – 10:30 a.m., will focus on the five most important elements in the U.S. Constitution, in part by asking participants to name their top five. Benchmarks presentations are fun and informative – and this seminar will be co-led by nationally recognized civics educator Annette Pitts. The seminar offers 1.5 General CLE hours. Registration will open in April. Stay tuned.
Speakers Bureau volunteers are encouraged to contact civic groups in their communities that might be interested in these presentations.
The Speakers Bureau exists to promote among Florida citizens an understanding of our constitutionally based system of government, knowledge about the justice system and an appreciation of the role lawyers play to protect the rights of all.
There is no fee for this service!
Help us spread the word about the Speakers Bureau.
The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau offers schools, businesses, community groups and organizations the opportunity to have experienced attorneys speak about the role of lawyers, the significance of Florida’s constitution and its revision and threats to the U.S. justice system — among other legal topics.
For assistance call (850) 561-5701 or email [email protected].
We want to hear from you to improve our services. Please send us a feedback report form about your presentation.
We are always looking for more dedicated attorney volunteers for our Speakers Bureau!
Open Speaking Requests
If you are able to take any of these 2017 engagements or if you know someone who would be, please email [email protected].
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A Guide to Assist Judges with K-12 Classroom Presentations
is available in PDF format on the Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc. site
The guide is a collaborative project of the Supreme Court of Florida and FLREA.