Effective March 11, 2011, The North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization designated appellate practice as a field of law for which certification of specialists is permitted. Certification for a board certified specialist are governed by the North Carolina Plan of Legal Specialization.
At Lawyer Legion we recognize the important role that board certification specialty programs play when the public begins their search for a qualified attorney in a particular practice area. Use our directory to find a qualified appellate attorney in North Carolina.
Our directory also allows you to narrow your search to only North Carolina attorneys who are board certified specialist in appellate practice.
For purposes of specialty certification, the term "appellate practice" is defined as the the practice of law relating to "appeals to the Appellate Division of the North Carolina General Courts of Justice, as well as appeals to appellate level courts of any state or territory of the United States, the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Courts of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the United States Courts of Criminal Appeals for the armed forces, and any tribal appellate court for a federally recognized Indian tribe (hereafter referred to as a 'state or federal appellate court' or collectively as 'state and federal appellate courts'." See 27 NCAC 01D .3002.
To become a Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Practice, the attorney must meet the minimum standards set forth in Rule .1720. Additionally, the attorney must meet additional standards specifically for appellate practice including:
For specialty certification in appellate practice, the term substantial involvement means that for the five year period prior to submitting the application, the attorney must have devoted an average of at least 400 hours a year, and not less than 100 hours in any one year, to appellate practice.
For appellate practice, the term "substantive legal work" includes:
The rules also allow for certain types of practice equivalent activities including:
The attorney must also demonstrate substantial involvement in appellate practice by providing information regarding completion of the following task requirements:
The attorney must earn more than 36 hours of accredited continuing legal education (CLE) credits in appellate practice and related fields during the three year period prior to submitting the application. Related fields include:
The attorney must submit to peer review and provide the names of judges and other lawyers who are familiar with the attorney's experience in appellate practice.
The attorney must pass an examination related to appellate practice. The subject matter of the examination includes:
The attorney must also qualify for continued certification every five years by showing substantial involvement, completion of Continuing Legal Education, and submission to peer review.
North Carolina's board certification program plays an important role in helping the public find the best attorney for their particular case. At Lawyer Legion, we understand the importance of these programs.
Our directory helps the public find an appellate attorney for both civil and criminal cases throughout North Carolina including Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Durham, Fayetteville, Cary, Wilmington, and High Point.
This article was last updated on Friday, November 22, 2019.