Louisiana State Bar Association Plan Of Legal Specialization

The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization was first adopted in 1993 by the Louisiana Supreme Court and was restated in its entirety in March 2017. The purpose of the Plan is to advance the standards of the legal profession by encouraging specialized education in various fields of practice. Further, the Plan is designed to promote the availability, accessibility and quality of the services of lawyers in particular fields of law in order to better serve the public interest and improve public access to appropriate legal services. The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) is charged with regulating and administering all matters pertaining to specialization in the practice of law and regulating the certification of lawyers as specialists. The LBLS has certified as specialists 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 at Linkwww.lascmcle.org/specialization/law-specialists.asp


Two New LBLS Certification Designations Approved

The 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 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 and will be evaluated by the specialization CLE committee on a case by case basis.

Please direct all questions to Executive Assistant Mindi Hunter at (504) 619-0152 or email mindi.hunter@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 Louisiana State Bar Association House of Delegates and the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization is charged with recommending new specialty areas to the House.

In an effort to provide information to members of the bar who are interested in areas additional areas of specialization, the LBLS has adopted written policies for new legal specialty areas.

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 Executive Assistant Mindi Hunter at (504)619-0152 or 1-800-421-5722, ext. 152, or mindi.hunter@lsba.org.

Sincerely Yours,
J. Kevin Stelly, Chairman
Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization