What is a certified family law specialist?

CINDY FRAZIER BILSBOROUGH has been certified as a family law specialist by the State Bar of California since September, 1991. There are approximately 1,100 Certified Family Law Specialists in the state of California.

The family law specialist certification requirements as established by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization are as follows:

Certification Generally:
To be eligible for certification, an attorney must have been engaged in the practice of law in the area in which certification is sought for a minimum of 25% of the time the attorney has spent in occupational endeavors during the previous five years and be an active member of the State Bar of California. In addition, an attorney must pass a written exam, demonstrate a high level of experience in the specialty field by meeting specific task and experience requirements, complete at least 45 hours of continuing education in the specialty field and be favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with the attorney’s work.

Specialists must recertify every five years by continuing to meet education and task and experience requirements but are not required to take the exam again unless they choose to do so in lieu of completing the education requirement.

The Legal Specialization Program is completely self-funded by fees collected from applicants, specialists, education providers and accredited organizations.”