General Information - Board Certification In Appellate Practice
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Certification Review Course
See Rule 6-13--Standards for Certification of a Board Certified Appellate Practice Lawyer--Chapter 6 Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. For a listing of Board Certified Attorneys in Appellate Practice see the Board Certification page in the Professional Practice section of this site.
As of March 7, 2013 there are 172 attorneys certified in Appellate Practice.
2013 Examination: March 15, 2013, Hilton-Tampa Airport Westshore
Appellate Practice is the practice of law dealing with the recognition and preservation of error committed by lower tribunals, and the presentation of argument concerning the presence or absence of such error to state or federal appellate courts through brief writing, writ and motion practice, and oral argument. Appellate practice includes evaluation and consultation regarding potential appellate issues or remedies in connection with proceedings in the lower tribunal prior to the initiation of the appellate process.
The application filing period is each year from July 1 until August 31. Requirements are set out in Rule 6-13. An application can be downloaded from the Professional Practice - Certification page section of this website. Or to obtain an application, contact Carol Vaught at The Florida Bar.
(NOTE: For the 2014 examination, an applicant must have acquired 45 hours of approved appellate practice certification credits between July 1, 2010 and August 31, 2013.)
CERTIFICATION REVIEW COURSE
Approximately eight weeks prior to the March examination, the Appellate Practice Section holds a review course. Contact Mary Ann Obos at The Florida Bar (850/561-5630) for information regarding this course.
Credit can be obtained through the following ways:
Includes lecturer, workshop discussion leader or panel member in a seminar or institute. Satisfactory performance as a lecturer on appellate law in an approved CLE seminar may entitle an attorney to credit. Hourly determination - Lecturing at basic seminars awards 3 hours of credit for each hour of lecture time. Lecturing at intermediate and advanced seminars awards 5 hours of credit for each hour of lecture time. 50% of the total hours required for certification or recertification may be obtained through lecturing.
Teaching appellate practice course in an approved law school or other graduate level program may earn an attorney credit. All certification hours may be obtained through teaching an appellate practice course as determined by the committee. Credit shall be calculated according to the following formula: 4 times the university assigned hour per quarter or 5 times the university assigned hour per semester. Graduate non-law and undergraduate courses shall not be considered for appellate practice certification credit. 100% of the total hours required for certification or recertification may be obtained through teaching.
Credit for writing articles published by The Florida Bar, and credit for articles, books and chapters published by sources other than The Florida Bar, will be determined by CLE staff only after publication. No more than 10 hours are to be awarded for any one publication. 50% of the total hours required for certification or recertification may be obtained through published work.
Individual study may be granted credit through the use of recorded material, CDs, DVDs, courses or interactive CLE activities approved for appellate practice certification credit. Credit for those activities shall be the same as that given the live presentation. 100% of the total hours required for certification or recertification may be obtained through the use of audio or videotapes, on-line courses or interactive CLE activities.