Criminal Appellate Law

Criminal Appellate Law involves appellate court proceedings following criminal convictions, including those in appellate courts as well as those in trial courts seeking the release of an incarcerated person.

Lawyers in this area are experienced in appeals or defenses of judgments/orders in a criminal law matter, or juvenile adjudication, to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, a Texas Court of Appeals, United States District Court, or United States Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.  

Click here to review the Standards for Certification in Criminal Appellate Law.

Board Certified Difference - Criminal Appellate Law

Why choose a lawyer Board Certified in Criminal Appellate Law? Qualifications include:
  • Practice law fulltime for at least 5 years as an active member of the State Bar of Texas;
  • At least 3 years of Criminal Appellate Law experience with a yearly minimum 25% substantial involvement with Criminal Appellate Law matters;
  • Performed substantial work in drafting the pleadings or brief for a party in a minimum of 50 Criminal Appellate cases with a minimum of 5 oral arguments at a Court of Appeals, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, a United States Circuit Court of Appeals, or the United States Supreme Court during their entire practice;
  • Qualified vetted references from judges and lawyers in the area;
  • Complete 60 hours of TBLS approved continuing legal education in Criminal Appellate Law;
  • Meet all of the TBLS Standards for Attorney Certification; and
  • Pass a comprehensive 6-hour examination in Criminal Appellate Law. Click here to review the Exam Specifications.
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