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Type: Recognizes ABA Accredited Private Certification Programs

State Programs: None

Regulatory Scheme: Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.4 Communication of fields of practice, states: (a) A lawyer may communicate the fact that the lawyer does or does not practice in particular fields of the law. (b) Lawyers may hold themselves out publicly as specialists in particular services, fields, and areas of law if the communication is not false or misleading. Such holding out includes a statement that the lawyer concentrates in, specializes in, is certified in, has expertise in, or limits practice to a particular service, field, or area of law. Lawyers who hold themselves out as specialists shall be held to the standard of performance of specialists in that particular service, field, or area. (c) A lawyer shall not state or imply that a lawyer is certified as a specialist in a particular field of law unless the name of the certifying organization is clearly identified in the communication and: (1) the lawyer has been certified as a specialist by an organization that has been approved by an appropriate state authority or accredited by the American Bar Association, or (2) the communication states that the certifying organization is “a private organization, whose standards for certification are not regulated by a state authority or the American Bar Association.”

Martin Healy, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Legal Counsel
Massachusetts Bar Association
20 West Street
Boston, MA 02111-1204

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