State Bar Seeks Non-Lawyer for Legal Specialization Board

7/14/2020 12:00:00 AM

Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Phone: 602.340.7337
E-Mail: alberto.rodriguez@staff.azbar.org

State Bar Seeks Non-Lawyer for Legal Specialization Board
This volunteer board administers the certification program for legal specialization.

PHOENIX – July 14, 2020 – The State Bar of Arizona’s Board of Governors is accepting applications from non-lawyers to fill one seat through June of 2024 on the Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization (BLS). The BLS, under the supervision of the Arizona Supreme Court, administers the program for the certification of legal specialists in nine practice areas: administrative, bankruptcy, criminal, estate and trust, family, personal injury and wrongful death, real estate, tax, and workers’ compensation.

Identifying attorneys who have a high degree of experience in certain fields of law improves the quality of legal services and provides useful information for those seeking legal services. Participation of public members is essential to the State Bar’s mission of serving and protecting the public with respect to the provision of legal services and access to justice, and its efforts of making sure the people of Arizona have a strong voice in the legal system.

The 13-member BLS consists of eight practicing attorneys who are active members of, and in good standing with, the State Bar of Arizona, four of whom are not certified legal specialists; one representative from an ABA-accredited law school in Arizona; and four members of the public.

Candidate Criteria/Qualifications:  BLS members must –

  • Possess the time, skill and patience to examine applications and peer review information submitted by attorneys seeking specialization certification or recertification.
  • Understand the importance of applying the Supreme Court Rules pertaining to the process consistently and fairly.
  • Attend approximately 10 meetings per year that normally convene at 4 p.m.

An application form must be submitted to the State Bar by Fri., Aug. 7, 2020. The form can be found online here or by contacting Carrie Sherman at 602.340.7201 or at Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org.

About the State Bar
The State Bar of Arizona is a non-profit organization that operates under the supervision of the Arizona Supreme Court. The Bar includes approximately 24,500 active attorneys and provides education and development programs for the legal profession and the public. Since 1933, the Bar and its members have been committed to serving the public by making sure the voices of all people in Arizona are heard in our justice system.

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