Texas commission set to begin operations in September

The Supreme Court of Texas has appointed nine members to serve staggered terms on the newly created Judicial Branch Certification Commission.

Beginning Sept. 1, 2014, certification, registration, licensing, and compliance functions for court reporters and court reporting firms, professional guardians, process servers, and licensed court interpreters will be combined, fitting into the JBCC. The Court Reporters Certification Board, Guardianship Certification Board, and Process Server Review Board will cease to exist, and the Licensed Court Interpreter program at the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation will be transferred to the JBCC. Each profession will continue to have advisory boards.

 

The JBCC was created by Senate Bill 966 in the 83rd legislative session. While the JBCC is administratively attached to the Office of Court Administration, the Supreme Court appoints members and has rule-making authority for the commission.

“The objective for creating the Judicial Branch Certification Commission was government efficiency and consistency across the regulated judicial professions,” said David Slayton, administrative director of the Office of Court Administration.

The following members were appointed to the commission:

·      Hon. Lee Hamilton, chair, 104th District Court, Taylor County, Abilene

·      Hon. Garland (Ben) Woodward, 119th District Court, Tom Green, Runnels, and Concho counties, San Angelo

·      Hon. Migdalia Lopez, 197th District Court, Cameron County, Brownsville

·      Hon. Sid L. Harle, 226th District Court, Bexar County, San Antonio

·      Hon. Polly Spencer, Probate Court No. 1, Bexar County, San Antonio

·      Velma Arellano, official court reporter, Corpus Christi

·      Don D. Ford, attorney, Houston

·      Mark Blenden, attorney, Bedford

·      Ann Murray Moore, attorney, Edinburg

For more information, contact Megan LaVoie at Megan.LaVoie@txcourts.gov.


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.

Texas Board of Legal Specialization 2011 induction ceremony, certification applications, new specialty area, and new look for TBLS.org

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) is holding their 2011 induction ceremony at the Texas Law Center, is accepting certification applications for 2011, has a new specialty area, and has a new look for TBLS.org.

2011 Induction Ceremony
The TBLS Induction Ceremony will be April 19 at the Texas Law Center in Austin.

2011 Certification Applications
TBLS is accepting certification applications for 2011. You can find the specific requirements for each specialty area at the “Get Certified” section of tbls.org. 

New Specialty Area
The Supreme Court of Texas approved the Standards of Certification in the new specialty area of Criminal Appellate Law. This is the first new specialty area recognized by the Court since Workers’ Compensation Law in 2004. Certification will be available for Texas attorneys who have handled a sufficient number of post-conviction writs and appeals in criminal cases. You may review the Standards for specific information about the requirements, including the numbers and types of matters which qualify. The 2011 application filing deadline is Monday, May 2, 2011.

New Look for TBLS.org
If you haven't had a chance to explore the new site, TBLS encourages you to take a few minutes to see how TBLS is increasing Board Certified attorneys' presence on the Internet. TBLS has a new distinctive Board Certified Logo, a consumer-friendly search function using Google map technology, and a personal attorney profile page for every Board Certified attorney. TBLS continues to work on behalf of their members’ to raise awareness and communicate the benefits of working with a Board Certified attorney among Texas consumers.

If you have questions about the TBLS Board Certification program, please contact TBLS at its toll free number, 1-855-277-TBLS or send an e-mail to tbls@texasbar.com.