Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

What’s your specialty? (access required)

Marylander Carolyn Elefant at My Shingle weighs in on how lawyers should handle the "specialties" field on LinkedIn. Many state bars, including Maryland's, have rules forbidding a lawyer from holding him or herself out as a "specialist." Elefant writes: Eric Mazzone, North Carolina's law practice management expert and blogger at Law Practice Matters and the Illinois ...

One comment

  1. I practiced law in Texas where the State Board of Legal Specialization grants permission to hold oneself out as Board Certified. To gain certification, an attorney must practice for a miniumum number of years, document the number of matters in the field which have been handled and pass a rigorous test. By rigorous, I mean that I took off one month to study for the Civil Trial specialty exam. The exam took a full day and covered virtually every nuance in state and federal civil trial practice. Many attorneys fail this exam. After successfully completing the exam and gaining recognition as one of the few attorney specialized in Civil Trial by the Texas Board, I then had an additional responsibility to meet twice the number of Continuing Legal Education hours as an ordinary practitioner. From a malpractice standpoint, ordinary practitioners were held to the same degree of care as one who is board certified. Those who sought to advertise that they were specialists and who had not earned that distinction from the State Bar of Texas were dealt with by the Rules of Professional Responsibility. So in Texas at least, holding oneself out as a specialist means having earned that right through experience and testing. I suggest that Maryland look at the Texas specialization program because it means that attorneys who achieve that designation are really the top attorneys in their fields.