Proposed Revision to Standards for Attorney Certification – Senior Status

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization is in the process of determining whether to recommend to the Supreme Court of Texas revision of TBLS Standards for Attorney Certification to include a “Senior Status” designation.  The proposed revision to TBLS Standards for Attorney Certification is the result of the overwhelmingly positive feedback received from TBLS members in response to a number of surveys inquiring about the creation of a “Senior Status” designation. Click here “Senior Status” to review the proposed standards.  

Board Certified attorneys are understandably proud of their specialty area certifications and do not wish to relinquish them easily.  However, as attorneys advance in their careers and transition into different roles nearing retirement, their evolved seasoned roles often minimize their opportunities to meet some of the requirements for Board Certification.  For example, meeting the required substantial involvement percentage in the specialty area can present a significant obstacle for maintaining certification.  Based on the overwhelmingly positive responses to TBLS’ surveys concerning the “Senior Status” concept, a specific revision to the TBLS Standards for Attorney Certification is being proposed.

The TBLS Plan for Recognition and Regulation in the Law provides that establishment of specialty area standards, including revisions to same, must be circulated for public comment.  As a valued Board Certified attorney, TBLS solicits your comments concerning the proposed revision to TBLS Standards for Attorney Certification to include a “Senior Status” designation,  Please direct your comments to tbls@texasbar.com or 505 E. Huntland Dr., Ste. 400, LB 28, Austin, Texas 78752.  Comments will be accepted through May 18, 2018.