Benchmarks Adult Education Program

About The Florida Bar Benchmarks Program

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 http://www.floridabar.org/benchmarks.

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 Programs

  • Florida Law Honor Society 

    The Florida Law Honor Society is a program offered by The Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc. to secondary schools as a way to incentivize and reward strong academic and voluntary achievements in the field of law education.

  • High School Mock Trial Competition 

    The Florida High School Mock Trial Competition is an academic competition in which a team of 6-8 students simulate the roles of both attorneys and witnesses in a fictional trial situation.

  • International Partnerships 

    The Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc. has long been recognized as a leader in Florida and the United States in the area of law-focused, nonpartisan civic education.

  • #justadulting Mobile App 

    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.

  • Middle School Mock Trial Virtual Competition 

    The competition requires no travel but instead provides an avenue for middle school classes to participate in a simulated trial in the classroom or at a local courthouse.

  • Moot Court Competition 

    This two-part program offers a unique opportunity to learn about the appellate process. Students write briefs and submit for evaluation.

  • President’s Service Award 

    The President's Service Award is issued by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation on behalf of the President of the United States.

  • 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.

  • US Senate Youth Program 

    A unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service.

  • We the People 

    Promoting civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s elementary and secondary students.