Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS)
The 2018 applications are now available online through April 30,
Child Welfare Applicants are required to have:
- Devoted a minimum of 25% of his or her time practicing child welfare law in Texas during each of the three years immediately preceding the application;
- Served as lead counsel for a party or child from the inception of the case or time of appointment or engagement to final judgment in 10 cases that meet one of these requirements:
1. a contested child welfare case in a trial court of record that involves oral testimony and factual findings, excluding default judgments; or
2. an appeal in a child welfare case that is fully briefed on the merits at the appellate level. Under (b), an appeal that applicant prosecutes or defends in an intermediate appellate court and in the Supreme Court of Texas counts as one case.
- Participated in 20 cases that meet one of these requirements:
1. A contested child welfare case in which applicant served as lead counsel for a party or a child and that was resolved without a trial on the merits; or
2. Post-trial proceedings in which applicant played a substantial role.
Certification without Examination
The new specialty area offers an option of granting certification without requiring a written examination to an applicant who:
1. Has been licensed for 10 years;
2. Is certified by TBLS in Family Law.
3. Meets all of the Substantial Involvement requirements of the Child Welfare standards.
This grandfather option is only available for the first 3 years, ending with the 2020 certification applications.
For further information, please consult the complete Child Welfare Standards for Attorney Certification on the Supreme Court of Texas’ website, available at the following: http://www.txcourts.gov/media/1437204/179014.pdf.