Attorneys who focus on appellate law can practice in both civil or criminal cases in state or federal court. In California, the board certification for appellate law is awarded by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
Board certification programs such as The State Bar of California's specialty area of appellate law are extremely important for those involved in this area of specialization . These programs provide a powerful tool when the public begins their search for a qualified appellate law attorney.
Only California attorneys who are board certified in appellate law can advertise or identify themselves as "certified specialists" or "board certified" in California for that field.
The Standards for board certification in appellate law in California must be read in conjunction with the program requirements as outlined in the Rules Governing the State Bar of California Program for Certifying Legal Specialists.
The requirements for certification in appellate law include demonstrating substantial involvement in that specialty field of law. For purposes of the board certification program the term "substantial involvement" is defined to include:
Demonstrating substantial involvement in the specialty field of appellate law includes "briefing" which includes the following actions:
For purposes of showing substantial involvement in appellate law in California the attorney must demonstrate the number of times that he or she had handled an appeal or cross-appeal on behalf of an appellant including preparing the opening brief.
Only a limited number of these examples should include briefs filed under People v. Wende, 25 Cal.3d 436 (1979) or Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738; 18 L.Ed.2d 493; 87 S.Ct. 1396 (1976).
Other areas of practice for showing substantial involvement in appellate law include:
The term Appellate law is defined in the board certification program in California as the practice of law dealing with procedural and substantive aspects of matters before state and federal appellate courts.
For the appellate law definition in the board certification program the phrase "state and federal appellate courts" includes the California Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Appeals, the California Supreme Court, or the United States Supreme Court.
An applicant for recertification in appellate law in California must show that during the applicable period he or she has continued to directly and substantially participate in the practice of appellate law.
The attorney must also demonstrate the continued completion of a specified number of approved legal educational activities on appeals, writs, pre-trial, trial, post-trial practice, and procedure, or substantive law topics.
Showing substantial involvement in appellate law usually includes showing prior experience in presenting oral arguments before the California Court of Appeal, the federal Court of Appeals, the California Supreme Court, or United States Supreme Court.
Oral argument is defined to include some discussion of the case and not merely an inquiry as to whether the court has questions.
An appellate law attorney seeking board certification in appellate law in California must generally show that during the applicable time period he or she has completed a specified number of approved educational activities on topics such as substantive law topics, pre-trial, trial, and post-trial practice and procedural topics, as well as appeals and writs.
The search for a good appellate law attorney in California can seem difficult. At Lawyer Legion, we make that task easier by properly recognizing board-certified attorneys in our online directory.
Our directory can help you find a list of attorneys who are certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as Appellate Specialists.
During the trial stage of the case, appellate attorneys can make sure issues are properly preserved at trial and help challenge interlocutory orders during the trial stage of the case. Most importantly, board-certified attorneys in appellate law are experienced in the appellate brief-writing, writs, motions, and oral argument.
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