For purposes of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) board certification program, the term "civil appellate law" is defined as "legal disputes brought to a civil appellate court either by appeal of a final judgment or by appealable interlocutory order or by an original proceeding in the appellate court." Civil Appellate Law also includes "preparation and presentation of the court’s charge and of post-trial and other dispositive motions in the trial court."
Not all qualified civil appellate attorneys are board certified. But attorneys who have earned their status as a certified specialist have taken the extra step of submitting to evaluation.
To help the public find a board certified attorney in civil appellate law in Texas, Lawyer Legion maintains this directory.
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 civil appellate law offered by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Use this directory to connect with lawyers who are board certified specialists in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Start by choosing your county from the list below.
For civil appellate law, the public can trust board certification by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) because the certification confirms the attorney has:
Not all appellate law attorneys in Texas are board certified, but attorneys who have earned board certification in appellate law have submitted to a process that confirms their specialty practice.
Since the board certification program for civil apellate law was launched in 1987, the term "civil appellate courts" includes:
According to Section XII of the Standards for Attorney Certification in Part II, an attorney must show substantial involvement and special competence in civil appellate law practice by providing such information as may be required by TBLS incuding:
The purpose of the certification exam is to require an applicant to demonstrate substantial knowledge of significant legal concepts and corresponding skills in civil appellate law.
The exam consists of a three-hour morning session with three essay questions. Essay questions typically include issues concerning error preservation, post-judgment motion practice, appealable judgments and rulings, appellate jurisdiction, appellate standards of review, appellate court relief (appeals and original proceedings), preservation of error, perfecting appeals and appellate court disposition.
An applicant in civil appellate law is expected to understand all aspects of proceedings brought before civil appellate courts. This includes appeals from final judgments and from interlocutory orders as well as original proceedings in appellate courts.
For purposes of the TBLS exam specifications in civil appellate law, a detailed list of knowledge, skills and abilities include: