LOUISIANA BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION

The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization was established in 1993 by the Louisiana Supreme Court to assist consumers in finding a lawyer who has demonstrated ability and experience in specialized fields of law, and since that time has approved board certification of some members of the Louisiana State Bar Association who practice in the following areas: Business and/or Consumer Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Administration, Family Law, and Tax Law. Lists of those members who qualify under the foregoing areas of law can be found by visiting our web site at Linkwww.lascmcle.org/specialization/law-specialists.asp


Two New LBLS Certification Designations Approved

The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) petitioned and received approval from the LSBA House of Delegates and the Louisiana Supreme Court to revise the LSBA Plan of Legal Specialization and the LBLS Rules and Regulations to provide for two (2) new certification designations, specifically, “inactive” and “senior”.

The inactive certification designation was created to accommodate specialists who have to leave or suspend the practice of law on a temporary basis but wish to maintain their specialization certification.

The senior designation was established to accommodate specialists who no longer practice law on a full time basis but wish to maintain their specialization certification.

The criteria for these designations is stated in Rule 13 and Rule 14 respectively in the LBLS Rules and Regulations. A copy of the Plan of Legal Specialization, LBLS Rules and Regulations, individual LBLS Standards and the appropriate application form(s) may be downloaded from the LBLS website at http://www.lascmcle.org/specialization/index.asp.

Qualifying Specialists who have relinquished their certification within the past year and would like to have their certification reinstated under the senior certification designation may also apply.

In addition, in an effort to make more CLE credits available to specialists, the LBLS has also made some revisions in approving programs for specialization CLE credit. In some instances, portions of programs that may not have qualified for specialization CLE credit in the past may now qualify for credit. All specialization CLE requests must be submitted to LBLS in care of the Executive Director and will be evaluated by the specialization CLE committee on a case by case basis.

If you have any questions, contact Barbara Shafranski, Executive Director, Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization, at (504)619-0128 or email barbara.shafranski@lsba.org.


New Legal Specialty Areas in the Practice of Law

Dear Members:

The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization, which was created by the Louisiana Supreme Court, is charged with the duty of overseeing existing legal specialty areas, as well as developing new fields of specialty when requested by members of the bar.

The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization routinely receives inquiries about creating new legal specialty areas.  While such legal specialty areas ultimately must be approved by the House of Delegates, the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization is charged with recommending new specialty areas to the House of Delegates.

In an effort to provide information to members of the bar who are interested in creating new legal specialty areas, the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization has adopted a written policy concerning how submissions must be made to the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization for consideration.  This written policy can be located by downloading the link below. 

For any additional information concerning the creation of new specialty areas or for anything else related to the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization, please do not hesitate to contact Barbara Shafranski, Executive Director of the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization, at the following number: (504) 619-0128 or 1-800-421-5722, Ext.128, or you may email her at Barbara.Shafranski@lsba.org

Sincerely Yours,
Ronald J. Scalise, Jr., Chairman
Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization

pdf Download a copy of the New Policy and Proposed (Name) Law Specialization Survey Form