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