Florida Attorney James L. O’Leary is available to speak to organizations across South West Florida on the following topics:
1. Amending Florida’s Constitution: The Role of the Courts
In this activity, participants learn about the methods of amending Florida’s Constitution and the role of the courts in reviewing such proposed amendments.
2. Judge for Yourself
In this activity, participants analyze the role of appellate judges and evaluate the conditions under which they should be retained or removed from the bench.
3. How to Judge Judicial Candidates
In this activity, participants will be asked to identify the qualities and characteristics that are most important in selecting judges.
4. Could You Pass the Test?
In this activity, participants learn about their role as citizens and increase their knowledge of the U.S. and Florida constitutions.
5. What’s Not in the Bill of Rights
In this activity, participants learn about the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution and the process for amending the Constitution. Participants will consider proposing a 28th amendment.
6. Is It Unconstitutional? The Case of the Scarlet Tag
In this activity, participants will review the rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights and examine some factors to determine if a hypothetical law violates the U.S. Constitution.
7. What the Law Means
In this activity, participants will review the role of the judge in the judicial branch and how this branch/official is different from other branches of government and other elected officials.
8. Beyond Labels?
In this activity, participants explore the ways labels are used to explain judicial decisions. Additionally, they learn about the meaning and importance of judicial independence as well as threats to judicial independence in our democracy. Three handouts and a PowerPoint are included. Estimated time to present: 30 minutes. Below are the links to an overview of the activity, which will guide your presentation, and all accompanying materials including a tip sheet on making a Benchmarks presentation. The overview will guide you in the timing and delivery of the activity.
To book James L. O’Leary, Attorney at Law, to speak to your organization, call 239 947-8900.