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Type: Approved Certification Programs 

Private Programs: Civil Trial Advocacy, Criminal Law Trial Advocacy, Business Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy, Creditors' Rights, DUI Defense, Elder Law, Estate Planning Law, Family Law Trial Advocacy; Social Security Disability; Civil Practic Advocacy; Child Welfare; Privacy Law

Regulatory Scheme: The Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct permit lawyers to indicate that they are certified specialists where the certifying organization has been "previously approved by the Alabama State Bar Board of Legal Specialization..." [Rule 7.4(c)]. The comment to Rule 7.4 requires that communications regarding specialty certification include the name of the certifying entity. While there is presumptive approval for ABA accredited certification programs, these programs must show proof of accreditation and pay a registration fee to the State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. ABA accredited programs sponsored by the American Board of Certification, the National Association of Counsel for Children, the National Board of Trial Advocacy, the National College for DUI Defence, Inc., the National Association of Estate Planner and Councils, the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the National Elder Law Foundation are recognized in Alabama. Non-Accredited programs must apply directly to the State Bar Board of Legal Specialization and pay a registration fee. 

M. Michelle Shaw, Executive Assistant
Alabama State Bar
415 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36101
(334) 269-1515


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