1.01 The board of legal specialization and education (hereinafter the "BLSE") shall have general jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to the administration of the Florida certification plan, the continuing legal education requirement (CLER) and the basic skills course requirement (BSCR) as outlined in the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, Chapter 6. Members are appointed by the bar president, for staggered terms and serve at the discretion of the board of governors.
(a) The BLSE shall have the authority to promulgate rules and policies to accomplish the responsibilities assigned to it as described in the previous section. These rules and policies shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
(1) administration of the certification program;
(2) establishment of reasonable and nondiscriminatory standards concerning education, experience, proficiency, and other relevant matters for granting certification to lawyers in defined fields of law under the plan;
(3) establishment of procedures for the investigation and consideration of applicant qualifications for certification and awarding certificates of special knowledge, skills, and proficiency, as well as character, ethics, and reputation for professionalism, based upon recommendations by a certification committee (hereinafter "committee"); and
(4) establishment of procedures and reasonable standards concerning the approval of continuing legal education, waivers, and other matters for determining compliance with the continuing legal education requirement and the basic skills course requirement.
(b) Subject to the continued direction and supervision by the board of governors, any provision of any policy may be waived by a two-thirds vote of those present at any meeting of the board of legal specialization and education.
(c) Staff shall be responsible for all duties delegated by the BLSE as long as the BLSE retains responsibility for staff decisions. Such duties may include, but not be limited to:
(1) accepting applications;
(2) conducting preliminary review of applications;
(3) contacting candidates for certification for additional information or clarification;
(4) arranging meeting sites and preparing agenda for the BLSE and committees;
(5) administering exams; and
(6) processing CLE credit requests.
1.02 ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE
(a) Meetings. Meetings of the BLSE may be held at such places and times as directed by the chair. Timely written notice of date and place of a meeting shall be given to all members.
(b) Quorum. Five members shall constitute a quorum of the BLSE for the transaction of business.
(c) Removal of Members. The chair of each committee and/or the chair of the BLSE may petition the president of The Florida Bar to remove a committee or BLSE member for good cause shown. Absence from 3 meetings in any 12-month period shall constitute good cause. "Good cause" shall otherwise be determined by each committee with approval from the BLSE.
(d) Ex Officio Members. The chair of each committee shall be an ex officio member of the BLSE and shall be entitled to attend BLSE meetings and to participate in BLSE discussions, but shall not be entitled to vote or to be counted in determining the existence of a quorum.