Benchmarks Adult Education Program

Series of Law-Related Activities

The Florida Bar Benchmarks Program is a program of the Constitutional Judiciary Committee and includes a series of law-related activities developed for adult, nonpartisan group presentations. Attorneys and judges are encouraged to utilize the presentations as part of the Florida Bar Speakers Bureau Program. Each activity ranges from 30 to 40 minutes in length and includes a warm up exercise to have participants think and/or discuss certain issues or dilemmas prior to the presentation. Most activities include a PowerPoint and an interactive component to involve the audience in the process.

All activities are housed on The Florida Bar website at

Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education 

This specific module includes multiple educational presentations designed for civic and community groups/forums. Studies document the limited knowledge Americans hold about our courts and the US Constitution. As knowledge of the courts increases, so too does trust and confidence in the judicial branch.

Below is a link to a podcast from the Legal Talk Network regarding the Benchmarks program. The podcast was taped at the Florida Bar Annual Convention. Speakers include Annette Boyd Pitts, Richard Levenstein, and Judge Michelle Sisco.

Florida Bar Annual Convention 2015: Benchmark Civics Education Program Podcast

Benchmark Activities

The Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc. developed and piloted the presentation models. Benchmarks activities are available online and include:

Benchmarks Toolkit

  • Constitution and the Bill of Rights: What’s Not in the Bill of Rights?, Is it Unconstitutional? The Case of the Scarlet Tag, Amending Florida’s Constitution: The Role of the Courts, Case Study: Is it Reasonable?, Florida v. Jardines
  • Courts and the Judicial Branch: How to Judge Judicial Candidates?, Judge for Yourself, The Role of Juries, Sorting Out the Courts, What the Law Means
  • Special Topics: Every 20 Year – Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission, Could You Pass the Test?, Who Has the Right?

Speakers and Training

Attorneys who become trained in Benchmarks by attending a seminar are eligible to earn CLE credits. Sign up with the Speakers Bureau to learn about presentation opportunities. To order free Constitution pamphlets for your presentation, call (850) 561-5834. Also, learn more by following the news and upcoming events.

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Evaluation of Presentation

Florida Constitution Revision Commission Benchmarks Webinar

In this Benchmarks webinar titled, “Examining the Issues, Evaluating Proposals: 2017-2018 Florida Constitution Revision,” Annette Pitts, Executive Director of The Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc., and Judge Augustus Aikens, Chair of the Constitutional Judiciary Committee, discuss how the Florida Constitution can be amended while focusing on the Florida Constitution Revision Commission and proposals that will be on the 2018 General Election ballot.

Learn More About Our Curriculum

  • iCivics 

    iCivics is an innovative web-based civic education project targeting teachers and students with games and lessons designed to reinforce Florida’s civics and government standards.

  • #justadulting 

    Through The Florida Bar’s dynamic Just Adulting mobile app, Florida’s high school seniors can be better prepared to “adult” in this exciting world of rights, responsibilities, and obligations.

  • Justice Teaching 

    Justice Teaching is a partnership program pairing lawyers and judges with elementary, middle, and high school classes throughout Florida.

  • Law Related Course Electives 

    Lists a wide variety of law related electives to offer in your high school or middle school.

  • Life Inside 

    Life Inside is a video and curriculum on the Florida system of corrections. The thirty minute program comes with lessons and background materials for teachers.

  • Middle School Civics Curriculum 

    The Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc. has developed a seventh grade course outline and sampler of lessons to assist school districts and teachers in successfully implementing the seventh grade civics course.

  • Other National Resources 

    A list of websites that have been selected because of their potential use for civic educators.

  • Project Citizen 

    Project Citizen is a curricular program for middle, secondary, and post-secondary students, youth organizations, and adult groups that promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government.

  • We the People 

    The primary goal of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is to promote civic competence and responsibility among the nation's elementary and secondary students.