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Appellate Law Board Certification in California

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.

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Board Certification in Appellate Law by The State Bar of California

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.

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Directory of Board Certified Appellate Law Specialists in California

Lawyer Legion maintains a directory of board certified Appellate Law specialists in California. This directory provides the public with a valuable resource which allows them to narrow their search to local attorneys who have earned board certification in Appellate Law by the State Bar of California.

Lawyer Legion is the only commercial lawyer directory to properly acknowledge all ABA-accredited specialization programs and provide a dynamic directory of virtually every lawyer who has earned each certification, including board certification in Appellate Law offered by the State Bar of California.

Use this directory to connect with lawyers who are board certified specialists in Appellate Law by the State Bar of California. Start by choosing your county from the list below.


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About Appellate Law Specialization in California

Requirements for Certification in Appellate Law in California

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:

  • identifying appealable orders;
  • advising clients with regards to appeals;
  • preparing petitions for review;
  • designating, reviewing and evaluating the record on appeal;
  • preparing briefs;
  • preparing habeas corpus petitions;
  • preparing appellate motions;
  • preparing petitions for extraordinary writ; and
  • presenting oral arguments.

Demonstrating substantial involvement in the specialty field of appellate law includes "briefing" which includes the following actions:

  • reviewing the record on appeal;
  • analyzing the issues;
  • researching the law;
  • writing a statement of facts;
  • writing a procedural history; and
  • writing legal arguments.

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:

  • Handling a petition for extraordinary writ or a petition for writ of habeas corpus filed in an appellate court including matters heard on the merits after issuance of an order to show cause or an alternative writ;
  • Handling an appeal or cross-appeal on behalf of a respondent or cross-respondent, which must include preparing the respondent's brief;
  • Preparing an answer to petition for review or certiorari including cases in which the attorney's initial substantial involvement in the appeal occurred after decision in the Court of Appeal;
  • Preparing preliminary opposition to petition for writ including when the court issues an alternative writ or order to show cause requiring answer and additional briefing;
  • Preparing a petition for review or certiorari include cases in which the attorney's initial substantial involvement in the appeal occurred after decision in the Court of Appeal;
  • Preparing opposing brief on the merits;
  • Preparing briefs on the merits after review or certiorari granted;
  • Reply to amicus curiae brief;
  • Preparing substantive Amicus Curiae Brief;
  • Oral argument in the California Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court including cases in which the the attorney's initial substantial involvement in the appeal occurred after the decision in the Court of Appeal;
  • Conducted or participated in a court supervised appellate settlement conference on an appeal; or
  • Handling a matter in the California Supreme Court or the United States Supreme Court.

Definition of Appellate Law

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.


Experience in Judicial Service or as a Research Attorney

Many attorneys in California seeking board certification in appellate law have prior experience as an appellate justice, research attorney or judicial law clerk in the California Court of Appeal, the federal Court of Appeals, the California Supreme Court, or United States Supreme Court.


Requirements for Recertification in Appellate Law in California

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.


Oral Arguments as an Appellate Attorney in California

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.


Continuing Legal Educational (CLE) Requirements

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.


Choosing a Board Certified Appellate Law Attorney

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.

Use our directory to narrow your search to find only attorneys in California who have earned the important distinction of becoming a certified specialist in appellate law. Select your County to narrow your search to only board-certified Appellate Specialists near you. 


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