FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT "BOARD CERTIFICATION" GO TO THE "TEXAS BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION" WEB SITE
To become BOARD CERTIFIED in FAMILY LAW, an applicant must:
1. Practice law for a minimum of 5 years,
2. Practice substantially in the specialty area for a minimum of 3 years,
3. Complete extensive TBLS-approved Continuing Legal Education courses,
4. Furnish TBLS with at least 10 qualified, vetted references from lawyers and judges who have observed the quality of the applicant's practice,
5. Provide TBLS with extensive, relevant experience documentation, and
6. Pass a brutal, comprehensive, all-day, specialty area written examination.
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LESS THAN 1% OF TEXAS LAWYERS ARE "BOARD CERTIFIED" IN FAMILY LAW .
BOARD CERTIFIED** FAMILY LAW SPECIALIST
Patricia Ann Stone
"Board Certification is a mark of excellence and a distinguishing accomplishment." Board Certification means an attorney has SUBSTANTIAL EXPERIENCE and SPECIAL COMPETENCE in a specific area of law, that has been well DEMONSTRATED IN COURT and DOCUMENTED BY QUALIFIED LAWYERS AND JUDGES in that selected field of law.
Gary McNeil, Executive Director, Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
DIVORCE - CHILD CUSTODY - CHILD SUPPORT - MARITAL PROPERTY DISPUTES
PROTECTIVE ORDERS - CONTEMPT - ADOPTION
In addition, to become BOARD CERTIFIED in FAMILY LAW, the applicant must have been lead counsel in:
A. A total of at least nine contested final trials or binding arbitrations in Texas family law cases in which issues were determined by a finder of fact in a court of record, excluding default judgments. At least four of the trials must have involved issues of property division and at least four of the trials must have involved the determination of modification of child custody; and
B. At least thirty contested Texas family law matters involving issues pertaining to: 1) The marriage relationship; 2) Children in relation to the family; 3) Protective orders and family violence or The parent-child relationship and suits affecting the parent-child relationship.
In addition to the above, the attorney must also meet two of the following three requirements, within the immediately preceding three years:
A. Participated in two Texas civil jury trials at the county court at law or district court level, with one involving family law, submitted to the jury for decision;
B. Participated in one Texas civil appeal involving family law, in which briefs were filed by that attorney;
C. Conducted or participated in at least ten Texas mediations involving family law either as an attorney representing a litigant or as a mediator.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME "BOARD CERTIFIED"?.
WHAT IS "BOARD CERTIFICATION"?
Many lawyers claim they practicesome family law, ...
but only the TEXAS BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION is authorized by law
to "CERTIFY" that a Texas lawyer is a "SPECIALIST" in Family Law.
Board Certification involves a rigorous and thorough APPLICATION and EXAMINATION process, combined with extensive proof of HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE in the specialty area, supported by numerous WRITTEN REFERENCES from qualified colleagues, and followed-up by stringent, ongoing EDUCATIONAL and PROFICIENCY requirements long after initial certification.
A Board Certified lawyer is an EXPERT and a SPECIALIST in a particular area of Texas law.
In order to maintain Board Certification, each lawyer must complete a minimum of 100 hours of approved Continuing Minimum Legal Education (MCLE) in each 5 year period. That's nearly twice the amount of of MCLE reqired for non-board certified lawyers.
Every Board Certified lawyer must "recertify" every 5 years.
The recertification consists of extensive documentation including records showing the lawyer met all requirements for continuing legal education and for actual practice in the specialty area, supported by affidavits from colleagues who have observed the quality of law work of the Certified lawyer.