Potential Changes to Board Certification Rules

By March 24, 2008March 8th, 2019Appellate Practice

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization is considering changes to the certification criteria for Civil Appellate Law, among other areas.  A redline of the potential revisions is available here.

I have not studied the proposal word-for-word, but it appears to broaden the Board’s discretion in determining who is authorized to sit for the exam.  In addition, the proposal would expand the types of dispositions formerly characterized as "final judgments" on appeal and would reduce the required number of oral arguments by one-third.

Although the comment period is technically closed, a certification analyst recommended sending any suggestions to TBLS Executive Director Gary McNeil at gmcneil@texasbar.com.  TBLS apparently intends to seek final Texas Supreme Court approval sometime this fall.