Friday, October 09, 2009

Florida Lawyers Embrace Certification

Adoption law and education law are the two newest board certification areas available to Florida lawyers. The Florida Bar News reports that certification applications increased this year by as much as 27% in some areas.

A lawyer who is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar and who meets the standards prescribed by the Florida Supreme Court may become board certified in one or more of the 22 certification fields. More than 4,100 Florida lawyers are board certified.

Certified attorneys are the only lawyers allowed to identify or advertise themselves as "Florida Bar Board Certified," experts or specialists.

Louis B. “Buck” Vocelle, Jr., Chair of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education, is quoted as saying, "The numbers in the individual areas for marital and family law, appellate practice, immigration and nationality and tax law are most impressive, and aviation law and admiralty and maritime law have good showings.”

Increased lawyer interest in certification is attributed to Florida Board promotion, greater consumer awareness, and competitive forces among lawyers.

Click here for more information on The Florida Bar Lawyer Certification program.

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