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Nominations sought for Justice Teaching Awards

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Justice Teaching “Volunteer of the Year” award presentation

BRUCE BLITMAN, center, receiving last year’s Justice Teaching “Volunteer of the Year” award from Justice Fred Lewis, left, and then Bar President Bill Schfino at the Bar’s Annual Convention.

Nominations sought for Justice Teaching Awards

The Florida Bar Law Related Education Committee, in coordination with Justice Teaching founder Justice R. Fred Lewis, is seeking nominations for a Justice Teaching Select Committee “Judge of the Year,” a Justice Teaching “Volunteer of the Year,” and a Justice Teaching “Teacher of the Year” for the 2017-2018 school year.

These awards will be given to the judge, volunteer, and teacher who have most exemplified the spirit and purpose of Justice Teaching to deliver civic education to the children of Florida.

Bruce Blitman, the volunteer award winner from 2017, works with educators at Bethune Elementary School in Hollywood. For more than five years, Blitman has spent an entire morning each month during the school year, guiding fifth-graders through the legal system and government. He reaches out to the legal community and local government to recruit and retain role-model speakers to bring their real-world experiences to the classroom. These have included Florida Supreme Court justices, mayors, state legislators, judges, and a famous author.

“Blitman shows great insight and care for student achievement at an inner city school with many students with ESE (exceptional student education) disabilities,” according to the committee. “Every class requires different methods of instruction and guidance. Blitman tailors his lessons and choices of guest speakers to fit the style and learning needs of each class. He truly has the students’ best interest at heart.”

The Justice Teaching Award packet may be downloaded here.

Nominations are due on March 15, 2018. Nomination forms and submission instructions are included in the packet.

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