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Plan of Legal Specialization


The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization was first adopted in 1993 by the Louisiana Supreme Court and was restated in its entirety in March 2017. The purpose of the Plan is to advance the standards of the legal profession by encouraging specialized education in various fields of practice. Further, the Plan is designed to promote the availability, accessibility and quality of the services of lawyers in particular fields of law in order to better serve the public interest and improve public access to appropriate legal services. The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) is charged with regulating and administering all matters pertaining to specialization in the practice of law and regulating the certification of lawyers as specialists. The LBLS has certified as specialists some members of the Louisiana State Bar Association who practice in the following areas: Appellate Practice, Business Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Administration, Family Law, Health Law and Tax Law.  

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Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization Announcements

Board Certified Specialists may earn up to 12.5 hours of approved specialization “self-study” credits in 2020

On April 29, 2020, the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization unanimously approved the following:

In compliance with the April 28, 2020 Supreme Court of Louisiana Order, and in accordance with LBLS Rules 7.4 and 7.9, the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization deems its rules for specialty education amended for “self-study” credits and the limitation on “self-study” credits is increased from 4 hours to 12.5 hours for 2020 only. All specialists may earn up to 12.5 hours of approved specialization “self-study” credits on or before December 31, 2020.



LA Board of Legal Specialization has extended the deadline to accept applications for certification from March 27, 2020 to April 17, 2020

LBLS has extended the deadline to accept applications for certification in five (5) specializations — appellate practice, estate planning and administration, family law, health law, and tax law - until Friday, April 17, 2020. The LBLS will be accepting applications for business bankruptcy law and consumer bankruptcy law certification from January 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020. Please contact Specialization Director Mary Ann Wegmann at maryann.wegmann@lsba.org for further information.



Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization Amends Specialization Standards for 2020

The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) announces that the Appellate Practice Standards, the Bankruptcy Law Standards, the Family Law Standards, the Estate Planning and Administration Standards, and the Tax Law Standards have been amended for 2020. All amendments were approved by the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) House of Delegates and Board of Governors at Jan. 18 meetings.

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How to become a Board Certified Bankruptcy Law Specialist

The LSBA Bankruptcy Section Members 50 and Under received a letter from the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (“LBLS”) explaining the requirements to become a board certified Business Bankruptcy Law and/or Consumer Bankruptcy Law specialist. The present application period extends to September 30, 2020. Please contact Specialization Director Mary Ann Wegmann at 504-619-0128 or maryann.wegmann@lsba.org for more information.

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2020 LBLS Annual Dues must be received no later than February 28, 2020 to avoid penalties

2020 Annual Dues Notices have been mailed to all qualified Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) specialists. The completed original dues notice together with proof of professional liability insurance and the appropriate fee should be mailed or delivered to the LBLS office located at 601 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130, no later than February 28, 2020 to avoid a penalty assessment.
If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ann Wegmann, Specialization Director, Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization, at (504)619-0128, or email maryann.wegmann@lsba.org.



CLE Compliance for Board Certified Specialists by December 31, 2019

In accordance with the requirements of the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS), as set forth in the individual Specialty Standards for each field of legal specialization, board certified attorneys in a specific field of law must meet a minimum CLE requirement for the calendar year ending December 31, 2019.

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LA Board of Legal Specialization is Accepting Requests for Applications

The LBLS is accepting applications for certification in five (5) specializations — appellate practice, estate planning and administration, family law, health law, and tax law from November 1, 2019 through February 28, 2020. The LBLS will be accepting applications for business bankruptcy law and consumer bankruptcy law certification from January 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020.

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Written Comments on LBLS Employment Law Standards and Labor Law Standards Suspended by HOD & BOG Accepted until Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Dear Members,
The objective of the Louisiana State Bar Association Plan of Legal Specialization (“Plan”) is to promote the availability, accessibility and quality of the services of lawyers in particular fields of the law in order to better serve the public interest and improve public access to appropriate legal services and to advance the standards of the legal profession by encouraging specialized education in various fields of practice. There are currently ten approved specializations: Tax Law, Family Law, Business Bankruptcy Law, Consumer Bankruptcy Law, Labor Law, Employment Law, Estate Planning and Administration, Appellate Practice, Environmental Law and Health Law.

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Health Law is the Newest Specialty Area in Louisiana

Dear Members:
The Louisiana Supreme Court created the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization to oversee existing areas of legal specialty and to develop new areas of legal specialty, as requested by fellow members of the bar. The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization is charged with recommending specialty areas. The recommended specialty areas must then be approved by the Louisiana State Bar Association House of Delegates and the Louisiana Supreme Court.

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Two New LBLS Certification Designations Approved

The LBLS petitioned and received approval from the LSBA House of Delegates and the Louisiana Supreme Court to revise the LSBA Plan of Legal Specialization and the LBLS Rules and Regulations to provide for two (2) new certification designations, specifically, “inactive” and “senior”.

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CLE Compliance for Board Certified Specialists

In accordance with the requirements of the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS), as set forth in the individual Specialty Standards for each field of legal specialization, board certified attorneys in a specific field of law must meet a minimum CLE requirement for the calendar year ending December 31, 2019.

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LBLS accepting requests for certification applications in 2019

The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) is accepting applications for business bankruptcy law and consumer bankruptcy law certification from Jan. 1, 2019, through Sept. 30, 2019. Applications are accepted from November 1st to February 28th of each year in appellate practice, estate planning and administration, family law, and tax law. Applications in health law were accepted until March 31, 2019 for the first year of the specialization. The health law application period will open again on November 1st.

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LBLS 2019 Annual Dues Notices Mailed on January 15, 2019

2019 Annual Dues Notices have been mailed to all qualified Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) specialists. The completed original dues notice together with proof of professional liability insurance and the appropriate fee should be mailed or delivered to the LBLS office located at 601 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130, no later than February 28, 2019 to avoid a penalty assessment.



Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization Appellate Practice Standards are amended to reduce the annual appellate practice specialization CLE requirement from 18 hours to 15 hours in 2019

An amendment to the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization Appellate Practice Standards to reduce the annual appellate practice specialization CLE requirement from 18 hours to 15 hours was approved by the LSBA House of Delegates and the Board of Governors at the January 19, 2019 meeting. A copy of the amended LBLS Appellate Practice Standards was emailed to all appellate practice specialists.
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For more information or questions contact LBLS Specialization Director, Mary Ann Wegmann at maryann.wegmann@lsba.org.
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