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Attorneys Board Certified in Legislative and Campaign Law in Texas

In Texas, attorneys can become board certified in Legislative and Campaign Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. For this specialty, the certification program was launched in  2020.

According to TBLS, the term "Legislative and Campaign Law" is defined as "the practice of law dealing with the functioning of legislative institutions, the funding, and operations of campaigns for public office and on ballot-measures, public integrity, the regulation and practice of professional advocacy, the funding and conduct of elections, the conduct of public officials, government transparency, appropriations, and related constitutional issues.

More About Specialty Certification in Legislative and Campaign Law

According to TBLS's Standards for Attorney Certification, the term "Legislative and Campaign Law" is defined as the "practice of law dealing with the functioning of legislative institutions, the funding and operations of campaigns for public office and on ballot measures, public integrity, the regulation and practice of professional advocacy, the funding and conduct of elections, the conduct of public officials, government transparency, appropriations, and related constitutional issues."


Becoming Board Certified Legislative and Campaign Law

To become board certified in Legislative and Campaign Law, the attorney must devote a minimum required percentage of time practicing in a specialty area each year. 

The attorney must devote a minimum of 30% of his or her time practicing legislative and campaign law in Texas during each year of the three years immediately preceding application. 

the required percentage during each year of the 3 years immediately preceding application. The board certified attorney must devote the required percentage during each year of certification.

Categories for task requirements in Legislative and Campaign Law include: 

  • The functioning of Legislative Institutions and Professional Advocacy including:
    • researching, preparing, or advising on legislative instruments, including bills, joint resolutions, resolutions to sue the state, amendments, and ordinances; 
    • researching, preparing, or advising on matters of statutory intent;
    • advising on the law of legislative privileges and legislative immunity;
    • researching, preparing, developing, modifying, or advising on public sector budgets through the legislative process;
    • advising on achieving compliance with state, federal, or local lobby regulation laws; (f) advising on legislative practice and procedure;
    • legal challenges to any state, local, or federal law specifically related to legislative law; 
    • advocacy on behalf of clients at the Texas Ethics Commission, Federal Election Commission, other local ethics commissions, or other similar agencies;
    • government enforcement actions, investigations, or prosecutions involving alleged violations of any state, local, or federal law specifically related to legislative law; 
    • other litigation and executive and administrative opinion processes specifically related to legislative law;
    • advising on separation of powers and scope of delegated powers of each branch of government; and
    • publishing articles, presenting continuing legal education, or teaching at an institution of higher education on legislative or lobby law. 
  • The following activities in Campaign Law:
    • providing campaign finance advice for political candidates, political committees, political organizations, and public officials;
    • providing advice on federal or state laws or regulations governing campaign or political activities by corporations or nonprofit organizations;
    • legal challenges to any state, local, or federal law specifically related to campaign law;
    • election contests and/or recounts;
    • government enforcement actions, investigations, or prosecutions involving alleged violations of any state, local, or federal law specifically related to campaign law;
    • other litigation and executive and administrative opinion process specifically related to campaign law; and
    • publishing articles, presenting continuing legal education, or teaching at an institution of higher education on campaign finance or election law. 

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