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Rhode Island

Type: Recognizes ABA Accredited Private Certification Programs

Regulatory Scheme: Rhode Island Rule of Professional Conduct 7.4 provides that a lawyer shall not state or imply that a lawyer is certified as a specialist in a particular field of law, unless: (1) the lawyer has been certified as a specialist by an organization that has been approved by an appropriate state authority or that has been accredited by the American Bar Association; (2) the name of the certifying organization is clearly identified in the communication; and (3) the lawyer also includes, as part of the same communication, the disclaimer that: "The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers in the general practice of law. The court does not license or certify any lawyer as an expert or specialist in any particular field of practice."

Rhode Island State Bar Association
41 Sharpe Drive
Cranston, RI 02920

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