At Lawyer Legion, we recognize the importance of board certification programs in bankruptcy law. These programs provide a powerful tool when the public begins their search for a bankruptcy law attorney.
In California, the board certification for bankruptcy law is awarded by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization (CBLS).
Use our online directory to find a list of California attorneys board certified in bankruptcy law. Only these attorneys can advertise or identify themselves as "certified specialists" or "board certified" in California for that legal field.
The Rules Governing the State Bar of California Program for Certifying Legal Specialists govern the Program requirements and must be read in conjunction with the Standards for board certification in bankruptcy law.
For purposes of the program, the term bankruptcy law is defined as the practice of law under the United States Bankruptcy Code (11 U.S.C. §101, et seq.) ("Code") which includes representation of creditors, debtors, committees, trustees, and all other interested parties under the Bankruptcy Code. Bankruptcy cases can be filed under Chapter 7, Chapter 11, Chapter 12, or Chapter 13 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.
The bankruptcy attorney must demonstrate that he or she is substantially involved in the practice of bankruptcy law. The term substantial involvement in the area of bankruptcy law is shown by a demonstration that the bankruptcy attorney has principal responsibility for representation of more than one hundred Chapter 7, Chapter 11, Chapter 12, or Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases, contested matters, or adversary proceedings under the United States Bankruptcy Code.
To earn the board certified specialist distinction, the bankruptcy attorney in California must show that he or she has completed at least 45 hours of approved educational activities focused on bankruptcy law.
The bankruptcy attorney must submit the names and mailing addresses of a bankruptcy trustee, a trustee's attorney, fellow lawyers, opposing counsel and at least one judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court or District Court familiar with the attorney's practice as an advocate in a recent bankruptcy proceedings and contested / adversary proceedings.
Additionally, the Commission is permitted to select additional attorneys or judges who practice in the same geographical area in California for further evaluation of the bankruptcy attorney's proficiency in the practice of bankruptcy law.
Even after obtaining certification, the attorney must continue to show that during each five-year certification period the attorney has continued to have direct and substantial participation in the practice of bankruptcy law, completed continuing legal education requirements for the specialty area, and independent inquiry and review.
For more information on specialty certification contact the:California Board of Legal Specialization
In addition to the certifications awarded directly by the CBLS, the CBLS also accredits the third party organizations to offer certification in certain areas of law.
The search for a good bankruptcy attorney in California can be a daunting task. At Lawyer Legion, we make that task easier by recognizing board certified attorneys in our online directory.
This article was last updated on Friday, November 22, 2019.