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2017 TBLS board certification applications available until April 3

Attorneys who want to apply for certification can now do so. The Texas Board of Legal Specialization is accepting 2017 applications, which are available through April 3 and can be found by visiting the “Get Certified” section of tbls.org. Fees, important dates, and specific requirements for each of the specialty areas are also available on … Continue Reading

Texas Board of Legal Specialization seeks comments on proposed real estate law specialty area

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization seeks comment from State Bar of Texas members on a proposed specialty area: property owners association law. POA law involves services dealing with common-interest developments such as condominiums, subdivisions and mixed-use developments; individual owners of such properties; and their mandatory-membership associations. This specialty has been recognized since 1979, when … Continue Reading

TBLS considers changes to personal injury trial law certification

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization is considering possible changes to the standards for certification in personal injury trial law.  One of 22 areas of law in which attorneys can be board certified, the specialty involves litigation based on an individual’s injury from automobile accidents, professional malpractice, defective products, or negligence by another. Comments or … Continue Reading

Texas Board of Legal Specialization seeks input on proposed child welfare specialty

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization is seeking input from State Bar of Texas members on the creation of a new child welfare law specialty area. The Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families—backed by the Texas Supreme Court—has submitted an application for board certification in the field. The board … Continue Reading

Texas Supreme Court approves new standards for certification in civil trial law

The Texas Supreme court recently approved new standards for certification in civil trial law. Over the past year, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization worked with the court, members of the TBLS Advisory and Exam Commissions in Civil Trial Law, and the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas to review standards and best … Continue Reading

TBLS certification applications available

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization is accepting certification applications for 2016. For information on the specific requirements for each of the 22 specialty areas of law and the seven areas for paralegals, go to the “Get Certified” section of tbls.org.   The Texas Board of Legal Specialization is one of the largest board certification … Continue Reading

TBLS executive director set to retire

After more than 30 years with the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Gary McNeil is retiring from his position as executive director. In his tenure, McNeil has witnessed significant changes in the legal profession and has helped TBLS adapt accordingly. Here, he discusses his role in the organization, the significance of being board certified, and … Continue Reading

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. … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

Public hearing on certification standards slated for Sept. 30

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) will hold a hearing in Austin on Sept. 30, 2009, to gather public comment on proposed changes to certification standards covering personal injury trial law, civil trial law, and labor and employment law. TBLS certifies attorneys and paralegals through a voluntary program which requires that they meet certain … Continue Reading
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