Becoming a Board Certified attorney is both a time-consuming endeavor and costly process. Only a very small percentage of attorneys in the state of Texas complete this rigorous process and hold themselves to the highest professional standards to earn the honor of being Board Certified in their area of practice. Should you need a juvenile defense attorney you want the best representation available. Dan Kossmann is the attorney you want to assist during a difficult or perhaps confusing situation, whether in Denton, Dallas, Collin or Tarrant County. Contact us today to discuss your circumstances and learn about your options.
When you need the legal representation provided by an attorney you want the best representation available. One of the simplest ways to ensure you are retaining an attorney who is truly an expert in his or her field of practice is to search for one that is Board Certified. Of the 99,000 attorneys licensed to practice law in the state of Texas, only 71 which is less than .001% have earned the classification of being Board Certified in Juvenile Law.
Being Board Certified in the state of Texas means that an attorney has gone well above the basic standards set up by the State Bar Association for the practice of law, and has achieved and proven significant knowledge and expertise in his or her area of practice.
Attorneys cannot even start the process of Board Certification until they have been practicing law for a minimum of five years; with at least three of those years in the specialty area in which they intend to pursue Board Certification. Furthermore, to remain in good standing with the Texas Board of Legal Specialization requires annual approved continuing legal education courses and periodic submission of references from an attorney’s peers in the area of specialization. Board Certification is both challenging to earn and requires continued commitment to maintain its status.
In order to be eligible to take the Texas Board of Legal Specialization examination to earn Board Certified status in an area of the law, an attorney must first have practiced law in that area for the required amount of time, then complete a minimum of sixty (60) course hours in Texas Board of Legal Specialization approved classes in the specialty area.
The application itself, in addition to the experience and educational requirements, also involves that an attorney furnish extensive documentation showing their relevant experience in both the general practice of law and their practice in the specific area in which they will attempt to become Board Certified, as well as ten (10) qualified references who will speak for the attorney’s experience and character.
Once the aforementioned stipulations have been met, the applicant must register to sit for a day-long examination that is held once a year. If the attorney passes both the application process and the Texas Board of Legal Specialization exam they will receive a Certificate of Special Competence in that area of law and are considered Board Certified.
Dan Kossmann was in the inaugural class of Juvenile Board Certified Attorneys of 2001.