On Tuesday, January 22, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization notified Jimmy Carter that he successfully met all criteria and had passed the board certification exam. He can now add Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney to his credentials.
Board Certification is a mark of excellence and a distinguishing accomplishment. Within the Texas legal community, Board Certification means an attorney has substantial, relevant experience in a select field of law, as well as demonstrated and tested special competence in that area of law. Board certified lawyers earn the right to publicly represent themselves as a specialist in a select area of the law and are the only attorneys allowed by the State Bar of Texas to do so. This designation sets them apart as being an attorney with the highest public commitment to excellence in their area of law.
The Board Certification program is administered by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (“TBLS”). Today, the TBLS is the nation’s largest and most successful legal board certification program.
To highlight the magnitude of this achievement, today there are more than 100,000 lawyers in Texas and only 912 are Board Certified in Civil Trial Law. Carter is now among the hallowed few. Only 151 Texas attorneys have achieved this certification in the last 20 years. Carter is the tenth Bexar County lawyer to achieve this designation in the past 20 years.
To become Board Certified in Civil Trial Law, an applicant must:
- Have tried a minimum of 20 civil trials in a court of record in Texas, including at least seven jury trials conducted by the applicant as lead counsel;
- Provided a minimum of five references, including four Texas attorneys who are substantially involved in civil trial law with at least one of those attorneys having tried a case with or against the applicant; and one judge whom applicant has appeared before as an advocate in a civil trial matter;
- Practice in the area of civil trial law for a specified minimum percentage of the attorney’s work time; and
- Pass a comprehensive six-hour exam on various areas of civil trial law as determined by the Board of Law Examiners that’s only offered once each year.