I attended Harvard Law School this past week. The National College of DUI Defense puts on an intense Summer Session seminar dealing with technical issues in DUI defense. I received the honor of becoming the 40th Board Certified DUI Defense Lawyer in the Nation. Why is this important to people charged with a DUI? There are a lot of great competent lawyers out there. However, to become named the best of the best, the lawyer must demonstrate competence in every aspect of defending a person charged with DUI. Board Certification was a difficult and grueling process. A half day exam is given. Before the exam, the lawyer must first qualify. The lawyer must have done 20 Trials to verdict within a three year period. The lawyer must have done 40 contested hearings within a three year period. The lawyer must demonstrate good standing with the bar association of his state. The lawyer must have letters of references from judges and other lawyers. Once the lawyer is qualified, the lawyer is asked to present an appellate brief on issues as determined by the examiner. Then the lawyer must argue that brief at the examination time and defend it before a panel of judges. The lawyer then must pass the written exam.
Board Certification is important when hiring a lawyer. If the day comes when my loved one or me is diagnosed with a serious illness, I want the doctor that is board certified. I want the best doctor I can hire. I feel that people who hire a lawyer should view it the same way.