TBLS celebrates 40 years, recognizes criminal law attorneys

2015 marks the 40th year of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, which certifies attorneys in 21 areas of law and paralegals in six areas.

On June 19, in conjunction with its anniversary, the State Bar’s Annual Meeting, and the Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course in San Antonio, TBLS held a reception to recognize attorneys who have been board certified since its 1974 inception, including 35 lawyers certified in criminal law.

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Texas Board of Legal Specialization welcomes 209 attorneys

Applause was in the air this afternoon as the Texas Board of Legal Specialization recognized 209 attorneys and 34 paralegals as certified in their respective specialty areas during an induction ceremony at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. To earn the distinction, applicants passed a comprehensive exam and met additional requirements including CLE courses and reference checks.

“It’s really a recognition by peers of someone’s capability in an area of law,” said Gary McNeil, TBLS executive director.

During the event, Buck Files, a past president of the State Bar of Texas who has been certified in criminal law since 1975, addressed the inductees and shared insight from his years of legal practice. TBLS also recognized David Schulman, certified in criminal law since 1991 and criminal appellate law since 2011, with the Tom Garner Distinguished Service Award. Texas Supreme Court Justice Phil Johnson administered an oath to the inductees.

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization was established by the State Bar of Texas and operates under the continuing jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Texas.

McNeil noted that the growth of the organization—which started in 1974 as a pilot program with three areas of expertise—reflects the increase of specialized law over time. “It used to be [people] could do a general practice; now most people really concentrate a practice in one or two specialty areas.”

TBLS offers certification in 21 areas for lawyers and seven areas for paralegals. Attorneys interested in becoming certified by the Texas Board of Legal Certification should go to tbls.org. Applications for the 2015 exam, which will take place in October, are available through March 31.

 

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Texas Board of Legal Specialization Certification Applications

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization is accepting certification applications for 2015. You can find the specific requirements for each of the 21 specialty areas at the “Get Certified” section of tbls.org.

Certification applications are only available until March 31, 2015, and the exam is Oct. 19, 2015, in Austin.

If you have questions about the TBLS Board Certification program, please contact TBLS at 1-855-277-TBLS (8257) or send an e-mail to tbls@tbls.org.

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TBLS accepting certification applications for 2014

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The Texas Board of Legal Specialization is accepting certification applications for 2014. You can find the specific requirements for each of the 21 specialty areas at the “Get Certified” section of tbls.org. TBLS now offers certification in the area of Criminal Appellate Law. Certification applications are only available until April 7, 2014 and the exam is October 20, 2014 in Austin. If you have questions about the TBLS Board Certification program, please contact TBLS at 1-855-277-TBLS (8257) or send an e-mail to: tbls@tbls.org.

2013 Certification Application Filing Deadline Extended

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization is accepting certification applications for 2013 filing period. This year’s filing deadline is April 19, 2013.

Visit www.tbls.org for specific requirements for each of 21 specialty areas, and begin the application process at the “Get Certified” section of the website. The Attorney Online Application allows applicants to securely store, retrieve, and edit their application information at any time.

For more information, email tbls@tbls.org or call 1-855-277-TBLS.

Texas Board of Legal Specialization is accepting certification applications for 2012

You can find the specific requirements for each of the 21 specialty areas at the “Get Certified” section of tbls.org. TBLS now offers certification in the area of Criminal Appellate Law. Certification applications are only available until March 5, 2012 and the exam is October 22, 2012.

If you have questions about the TBLS Board Certification program, please contact TBLS at 1-855-277-TBLS or send an e-mail to: tbls@tbls.org.