Brenman Immigration Law Firm's founder and managing partner, Ms. Lisa Brenman was recently re-certified as an "Immigration Specialist" by the North Carolina State Bar.



Q: What is specialty certification for lawyers?


Many lawyers limit their practices to certain areas of law. However, a lawyer may not claim that he or she is a "specialist" unless the lawyer is certified as a specialist by the North Carolina State Bar's Board of Legal Specialization or a certifying organization that has been approved by the American Bar Association. Ms. Brenman's extensive experience in immigration laws and other professional criteria has made her eligible to be known as a "specialist" in the field of immigration law in North Carolina.


Q: Why does the State Bar certify lawyers as specialists?


Certification of lawyers as specialists by an objective entity and according to objective criteria fulfills the mission of the State Bar to protect the public by providing relevant, truthful, and reliable information to consumers of legal services. Certification helps consumers to identify lawyers who have experience and skill in a certain area of practice. Certification also helps lawyers by encouraging them to improve their expertise in particular areas of practice and providing them with a legitimate way of informing the public and other lawyers of this expertise.


Q: What entity is responsible for administering the specialization program for the North Carolina State Bar?


The specialization program is administered by the Board of Legal Specialization, a standing committee of the State Bar that was created in 1985.


Q: What are the requirements for certification by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization?


Although the requirements vary from one specialty area to the next, the minimum standards for certification as a specialist include the following:

(1) the applicant must be licensed and in good standing to practice law in North Carolina;

(2) the applicant must be substantially involved in the practice area, usually for a minimum of five years;

(3) the applicant must take a certain number of continuing legal education credits in the specialty area during the three years prior to application;

(4) the applicant must make a satisfactory showing of qualification in the specialty through peer review; and

(5) the applicant must achieve a satisfactory score on a written examination in the practice area.




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