Consumer Bankruptcy Journal Spring 2015 - Page 23

Certified Bankruptcy Specialist legal education devoted to bankruptcy law. The attorney must also submit references from both opposing counsel and other debtors’ counsel, and those references must give good references and be familiar with the applicant’s practice and knowledge of the law. The attorney must have substantially participated in no less than 30 adversary proceedings or contested matters. The applying attorney must also have a clean grievance history with his/her local professional responsibility governing body for all jurisdictions in which the applicant is licensed. The application, which includes supporting evidence that the applicant meets the requirements for certification, is reviewed by a committee to ensure compliance. In addition to the above requirements, the applicant must pass an exam. The exam is comprised of three (3) parts. The first is a multiple choice exam which is offered to not only consumer attorneys, but also to creditors’ rights and business bankruptcy applicants. The second portion is the ethics portion which is comprised of essays. The last section is the essay portion over substantive law. The applicant is given several hours to complete the exam and can bring a copy of the Bankruptcy Code, the UCC and a copy of their state’s ethical rules. Once the exam is completed, it is graded by the Faculty Committee which includes a wide of variety of academics, judges, trustees and the like. The examination is offered several times a year in conjunction with national and regional conferences. On April 23, 2015, ABC will offer the exam in conjunction with NACBA’s Annual Convention at the Chicago Marriott Downtown. At any time, the applicant can arrange for a proctor to administer the examination in the applicant’s office. The application process will take several months to complete. Once the application is reviewed and approved and once the examination is successfully passed, the applicant is notified via letter and will receive a beautiful certificate to display and a lapel pin to proudly demonstrate that he/she is one of the elite. The certified specialist must also apply for recertification every five (5) years. While one does not have to retake the test or detail participation in contested matters or adversary proceedings, he/she must give new references, show compliance with the enhanced requirement for CLE hours and maintained a good grievance history. This demonstrates that the specialist has maintained the highest level of professionalism and dedication to the practice of consumer bankruptcy. I have been a certified specialist since 2007 and encourage all consumer practitioners to strive to be board certified. For more information on becoming a board certified consumer bankruptcy specialist, visit http://www. abcworld.org. Note that each state has its own rules for certification. The applicant should also review the rules and regulations of his/her individual state(s). Rediscover the lost art of human interaction. Solo an