Gerald T. Bennett Prosecutor/Public Defender Training Program

Fund Purpose
GA: support training program & other related programs to educate attorneys in criminal public service.

This fund was established in 2002 by The Florida Bar, in honor of Gerald T. Bennett, to support a training program and other related programs to educate attorneys in criminal public service.

Bennett was born June 1, 1937 in Miami, FL. He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Bernard’s College in New York, a master’s degree from Barry University and a juris doctor from the University of Florida in 1966. From the late 1960s, until his retirement in 1998, Bennett directed the Prosecutor Clinic at UF. He served on the Florida Bar and worked with various courts and supreme court committees. He was a member of the eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association and a fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Science.

Bennett passed away November 13, 1999. He was survived by his wife Dorothy and children Katherine and Kevin.

Created by Gerald T. Bennett in the 1970s, this annual program follows the teaching methodology and format originally instituted by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). Specifically designed for Florida assistant prosecutors and public defenders who have been practicing less than two years, this week-long program is held every summer at the Levin College of Law. Assistant state attorneys and assistant public defenders from all judicial circuits in Florida are invited to participate in this intensive, condensed trial training program that emphasizes role-playing in simulated courtroom exercises to develop their courtroom advocacy skills. A highly-experienced program faculty of judges and seasoned litigators from Florida and around the nation provide constructive critique of videotaped performances. Every year Barristers from London and one Queens Counsel (as faculty) participate and share their views of the English versus American systems of justice. Sponsors include the Public Defender’s Association and the Florida Prosecuting Attorney’s Association. The faculty and participants earn a maximum of 51 CLE credits (including 3 hours of Ethics).

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