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					                            AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION

                     ADOPTED BY THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES
                              August 9-10, 2004


       RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association reaccredits the Criminal Law and Civil
Law Trial Advocacy programs of the National Board of Trial Advocacy of Wrentham,
Massachusetts and the Business Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights
programs of the American Board of Certification, and the Estate Planning Law program of the
Estate Law Specialist Board of Cleveland, Ohio as designated specialty certification programs
for lawyers.

        FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association accredits the DUI Defense
program of the National College for DUI Defense, Inc., of Houston, Texas as a designated
specialty program for lawyers.




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                                            REPORT

Background

    The Standing Committee on Specialization makes this recommendation within the
framework of three previous resolutions passed by the House of Delegates. At the 1993 Midyear
Meeting, the House adopted Standards for Accreditation of Specialty Certification Programs For
Lawyers and delegated to the Standing Committee on Specialization the task of evaluating
programs sponsored by organizations that apply to the ABA for accreditation.

    The adoption of the accreditation standards in February 1993 followed an August 1992
House resolution requesting that the Association develop standards for accrediting private
organizations that certify lawyers as specialists and that the Association establish and maintain a
mechanism to accredit such organizations that meet those standards.

     The 1992 resolution affirmed the belief that a national accreditation mechanism
administered by the Association according to uniform standards would be the most efficient and
effective means of dealing with a multiplicity of organizations that are offering, or planning to
offer, certification programs.

     At the 1999 Annual Meeting, the House extended the initial period of accreditation from
three to five years. In addition, the House lengthened the period of reaccreditation from every
third year to every fifth year.

     ABA accreditation is intended to work in harmony with whatever regulatory approach a
state might adopt. It is designed to relieve states of the expense and administrative burden of
establishing their own program, while allowing final regulatory authority to rest with the states.


Standards - Summary of Key Provisions

    The Standards for Accreditation of Specialty Certification Programs for Lawyers,
hereinafter "Standards", are organized into eight sections. Sections 1 through 3 deal with
purpose, definitions and authority. Section 4 sets out the specific requirements that an
organization must meet in order to be accredited. Sections 5 and 6 deal with re-accreditation and
revocation of accreditation. Section 7 provides authority to the Standing Committee on
Specialization to implement the Standards, and Section 8 deals with amendment procedures.

 Sections 1 and 2 - Policy and Definitions: Section 1 establishes Association policy with respect
to accreditation of specialty certification programs. The Standards require an accredited
organization to demonstrate that lawyers certified by it possess an enhanced level of skill and
expertise, are substantially involved in the specialty area of certification, and that the
organization foster professional development. Section 2 defines several terms commonly used
throughout the document.




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Section 3 - Authority: This section provides that the House of Delegates, as the official policy-
making body of the Association, will act upon each application for accreditation and
reaccreditation.

     This Standard recognizes that accreditation granted by the Association will be subordinate to
any approval process established by a state. ABA accreditation may be a credential that a
certifying organization would present to a state when applying for state approval of its
certification program. It is further recognized that states may establish standards that are more or
less stringent than the Association's Standards for Accreditation.

Section 4 - Accreditation Requirements: The purposes of the certifying organization must
include the identification of lawyers possessing an enhanced level of skill and expertise, and the
development and improvement of the professional competence of lawyers. Such organization's
organizational, financial resources, as well as the experience, background and education of key
personnel, must be adequate to carry out its certification program on a continuing basis in a
manner consistent with the Standards.

     A majority of those persons reviewing applications for certification of lawyers as specialists
in a particular area of law must be lawyers who have substantial involvement in the specialty
area. An organization's certification requirements must be applied uniformly and without
discrimination. Exceptions are recognized for state or local laws and regulations imposing
higher requirements and the natural consequence of reasonable experience requirements.

    The Standards require that each specialty area in which certification is offered must be
described in terms which are understandable to the potential users of such legal services and
which will not lead to confusion with other specialty areas. Each specialty certification program
sponsored by a certifying organization must be evaluated separately, with the Standing
Committee retaining authority to approve, modify or reject any proposed specialty definition.

    A lawyer certified as a specialist must show substantial involvement in the specialty area
during the three-year period immediately preceding application to the certifying organization,
devoting to the specialty no less than 25 percent of the total practice of a lawyer engaged in a
normal full-time practice.

     The Standards also require a minimum of five favorable references, a written examination, a
minimum of 36 hours of continuing legal education in the specialty area in the three-year period
preceding the lawyer's application, and that the lawyer be admitted to practice in good standing
in one or more jurisdictions.

    A certifying organization must establish and maintain an appeal procedure that provides
lawyers who are denied certification an opportunity for review of the decision by an impartial
decision-maker. The Standards require that certified lawyers apply for recertification within a
period no longer than five years and that certifying organizations are required to maintain a
procedure for revocation of certification. Certifying organizations must also require lawyers to
report their disbarment or suspension from the practice of law in any jurisdiction.




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Sections 5 and 6 - Accreditation Period, Reaccreditation and Revocation: The period of
accreditation is five years. Prior to the end of the accreditation period, accredited organizations
are required to apply for reaccreditation, which may be granted upon a showing of continued
compliance with the Standards. Accreditation may be revoked if an applicant organization
ceases to exist or ceases to operate its certification program in compliance with the Standards.

Sections 7 and 8 - Authority to Implement and Amendment: The Standards give the Standing
Committee authority to interpret the Standards, adopt rules, procedures and a fee schedule,
consider and evaluate applications, make recommendations to the House of Delegates as to the
approval of applications, and recommend the revocation of accreditation. The Standards became
effective upon their adoption by the House of Delegates. The power to approve an amendment
to the Standards is vested in the House of Delegates.


Applicants for Reaccreditation

       Applicant Organization #1: National Board of Trial Advocacy

       Specialty Area:                Criminal Law Trial Advocacy
                                      Civil Law Trial Advocacy

        A non-profit entity, the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) was formed in 1977
for purposes of improving the quality of trial advocacy and aiding clients in choosing
experienced legal representation.

        The NBTA certification standards are designed to improve the quality of the criminal and
civil law trial bar and encourage criminal and civil law trial practitioners to strive toward
excellence and recognize those attorneys who are experts in the fields of criminal and civil law
trial advocacy. NBTA certification serves the public by providing a mechanism by which
referring attorneys and the public can identify attorneys who specialize in criminal and civil law
trial advocacy.

Applicant Organization #2:            American Board of Certification

       Specialty Areas:               Business Bankruptcy
                                      Consumer Bankruptcy
                                      Creditors’ Rights

     The American Board of Certification (ABC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to
serving the public and improving the quality of the insolvency and creditors’ rights bar. ABC
certification serves the public by helping clients make an informed decision in choosing
bankruptcy and creditors’ rights counsel. ABC was formed in 1998 as the result of the merger of
the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification and the Commercial Law League of America
Academy of Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Specialists, both of which operated ABA
Accredited specialty certification programs.




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Applicant Organization #3:            Estate Law Specialist Board

       Specialty Area:                Estate Planning Law

1        The Estate Law Specialist Board (ELSB) is a non-profit subsidiary of the National
    Association of Estate Planners and Councils (NAECP), which was formed in 1963. The
    NAECP is an organization dedicated to the enhancement of the professionalism of estate
    planning. The ELSB operates an estate planning law specialist certification program for
    lawyers who can demonstrate substantial involvement, experience and expertise in this area
    of law and practice.


Reaccreditation and Evaluation Procedures

        In evaluating the programs recommended for reaccreditation, the Standing Committee
followed the procedures it adopted on March 2, 1993, as amended on April 24, 1993, June 27,
1995, January 5, 1996, July 8, 1999, July 21, 2001, November 1, 2002 and November 7, 2003.
A copy of the "Standards," and "Governing Rules" used by the Standing Committee in
evaluating applications for reaccreditation are available on the Standing Committee’s web site at
http://www.LegalSpecialists.org.

        Three organizations, which operate six ABA accredited specialty certification programs,
filed applications for reaccreditation with the Standing Committee in December 2003 and
January 2004. The applications were accompanied by payment of a reaccreditation fee for each
specialty certification program for which the applicants sought reaccreditation.

        In order to ensure that each of the programs continues to comply with ABA Standards,
the Standing Committee required that the following documents accompany the application for
reaccreditation:

       i.      Current versions of the applicant's governing documents, including articles of
               incorporation, bylaws, and resolutions of the governing bodies of the applicant or
               any parent organization, which resolutions relate to the standards, procedures,
               guidelines or practices of the applicant's certification programs;

       ii.     Biographical summaries of members of the governing board, senior staff and
               members of advisory panels, certification committees, examination boards and
               like entities involved with the certification process, including specific information
               concerning the degree of involvement in the specialty area of persons who review
               and pass upon applications for certification;

       iii.    All materials furnished to lawyers seeking certification, including application
               forms, booklets or pamphlets describing the certification program, peer reference
               forms, rules and procedures, evaluation guides and any other information
               furnished to the public or the media regarding the certification process;




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       iv.     A copy of the last examination given to applicants for specialty certification,
               along with a description of how the exam was developed, conducted and
               reviewed; a description of the grading standards; and the names of persons
               responsible for determining pass/fail standards. The examinations were made
               available, on a confidential basis, for review by a person or persons designated by
               the Standing Committee, with the understanding that the applicant, at its option,
               may rule examination reviewers ineligible for certification through the applicant
               organization for a period of three years from the time of such designation; and

       v.      Such other materials or information deemed necessary by the Standing
               Committee.

        Upon receipt of each application for reaccreditation, an ABA staff advisor conducted a
preliminary review of the material submitted by the applicant. The staff advisor's review also
took into account information provided by the sponsoring organization as part of the annual
reporting process and information provided in connection with the initial application for
accreditation. The staff advisor evaluated the application materials for completeness and
continued conformance with the Standards, noting omissions in the materials submitted in
support of the application for reaccreditation; where additional information was needed or items
required clarification, the staff advisor contacted the sponsoring organization.

        Once the staff advisor determined that the application was complete, the staff advisor
provided the organization’s application and supporting materials (with the exception of the
certification examination) to the members of the Accreditation Review Panel for their
independent review. Certification examinations were sent exclusively to the appointed
examination reviewers.

        The Accreditation Review Panels, appointed by the Standing Committee, each consisted
of a chair and two members and an examination reviewer for each subject area. The Applicants
were provided notice, in writing, of the names and affiliations of the members of the
Accreditation Review Panel and the examination reviewers. The reaccreditation procedures
provide the certifying organization the opportunity to object for cause to the appointment of the
examination reviewer. The names and brief biographies of Accreditation Review Panel
members and the Examination Reviewers are listed below.

       In addition to reviewing the applicants’ reaccreditation application materials, members of
the Accreditation Review Panels considered the information on the reaccreditation evaluation
forms and comments provided by the examination reviewer who evaluated the written
examination on a confidential basis. Based upon this review, the Accreditation Review Panel
concluded that the applicants’ programs continue to comply with the ABA Standards.

       In making a final recommendation regarding reaccreditation of the programs, the
procedures authorize the Standing Committee to consider the final reports of the Accreditation
Review Panels, the application and supporting documents originally submitted by the certifying
organization and any further materials that the organization submits for consideration.




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        The Standing Committee formally considered the final report of the NBTA and ABC
Accreditation Review Panels at its meeting on March 25, 2004 and determined that the lawyer
specialty certification programs continue to comply with the requirements of the ABA Standards
for Accreditation of Specialty Certification Programs for Lawyers. The Standing Committee
considered the final report of the ELSB Accreditation Review Panel by electronic ballot. The
Standing Committee determined that the program in Estate Planning continues to comply with
the requirements of the ABA Standards for Accreditation of Specialty Certification Programs for
Lawyers. We therefore recommend to the House of Delegates that these programs be granted
reaccreditation for a five-year period.

               The Standing Committee formally considered the final report of the NCDD
Accreditation Review Panel Panels at its meeting on March 25, 2004 and determined that the
lawyer specialty certification program complies with the requirements of the ABA Standards for
Accreditation of Specialty Certification Programs for Lawyers. We therefore recommend to the
House of Delegates that the program be granted initial accreditation for a five-year period.


                                Accreditation Review Panels

Applicant #1: National Board of Trial Advocacy
Accreditation Review Panel
Gary S. McNeil, (Chair, Austin, Texas) Executive Director, The Texas Board of Legal
Specialization, Gary McNeil is a 1973 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. He
has worked as disciplinary counsel for the State Bar of Texas and the Texas State Board of
Public Accountancy, has been in private practice and has worked as a program attorney with the
Professional Development Program of the State Bar of Texas. He began serving as Executive
Director of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization on September 1, 1985. During that time, he
has served on the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Specialization and has been
a regular participant in the annual ABA Roundtable on Lawyer Specialty Certification. He has
also been active in the Association of Legal Specialization Executives, which is composed of
those who administer certification programs in the United States

Lizabeth A. Moody, (St. Petersburg, Florida) Professor Moody served as Dean of Stetson
College of Law from 1994 until 1999. She previously was a Professor of Law and Interim Dean
at Cleveland State University College of Law. She has been a visiting faculty member at George
Washington University, the University of Toledo and the University of Hawaii. She is the first
woman to be elected President of the Cleveland Bar Association and has been a member of the
Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools and a Trustee of the Law
School Admission Council. Professor Moody served as President and C.E.O. of Law Schools
Admission Services and Executive Director of the Law School Admission Council from 1991 to
1993. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a member of the ALI-ABA
Continuing Legal Education Committee. She is a member of the Florida Supreme Court’s
Commission on Professionalism. She also served as a member of the Multi-State Professional
Responsibility Examination Drafting (MPRE) Committee and as Chair of the Committee to
Review the MPRE. In 1992, she received the Ohio State Bar Medal, the association’s highest
award for "unusually meritorious service to the profession, the community and humanity." In



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1997 the Section of Business Law bestowed the "Glass Cutter" Award for her extraordinary
efforts in assisting women achieve new heights in the profession. Professor Moody is Chair of
the ABA Senior Lawyers Division; a member of the Council of the ABA Section of Legal
Education and Admissions to the Bar. She served as chair of the Accreditation Committee and
chair of the Pre-law Committee. She is a member of the Standing Committee on Specialization.

Judith Kilpatrick, (Fayetteville, Arkansas) Judith Kilpatrick is currently an Associate Professor
at the University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, Arkansas. Her teaching
responsibilities include professional responsibility and skills courses (Interviewing, Counseling
& Negotiation; Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation in Practice, and Solo Practice
Planning). She is trained as a mediator and is active in promoting alternative methods of dispute
resolution in Arkansas. In 1999, she developed the Northwest Arkansas Dependency-
Neglect/Families in Need of Services Mediation Project, which provides cost-free mediation to
selected cases in the juvenile court of Benton County through the services of community
volunteers and trained law students. Professor Kilpatrick received her B.A. and J.D. degrees
from the University of California, Berkeley, and LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees from Columbia
University in New York. She is a former member of the ABA Standing Committee on
Specialization.

Examination Reviewers
Criminal Law Trial Advocacy
David Botsford, (Austin, Texas): BA, 1974, University of Connecticut, Cum Laude
(Economics); JD, 1977, SMU School of Law, Order of the Coif ; Graduate, National Criminal
Defense College, 1988. Licensed in: Supreme Court of United States (1981); Supreme Court of
Texas (1977); United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (1978 & 1982), Ninth Circuit (1982);
United States Tax Court (1995); United States District Court, Western District of Texas (1983),
Northern District of Texas (1979); Board Certified, Texas Board of Legal Specialization,
Criminal Law (l983, recertified 1988, 1993, 1998 & 2003). State Bar of Texas (1977)
Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer Of The Year, 1993 (Criminal Justice Section of State Bar
of Texas) Criminal Law Examination Commission (1985 - present) (drafting and grading of
Criminal Law Specialization Examination) Criminal Justice Section, Council Member (1997-
2000; 2001-2003). College of the State Bar 1991. Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers
Association President (1996-1997). Amicus Curiae Committee (Member, 1979 to 1981, l983
to 1985) (Chairperson, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990). TCDLA Presidential Award of Excellence
1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 & 1994 Fellow, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Educational
Institute 1990 Director, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Educational Institute 1990
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Texas Association of Board Certified
Specialists in Criminal Law, President (1991-92) Listed in The Best Lawyers In America (since
1994), Listed in the National Directory of Criminal Lawyers (Barry Tarlow, Editor, 1993 Ed.)
Listed as 1 of Top 5 "Go-To" Lawyers in Texas Criminal Defense Practice by Texas Lawyer
(October 2002). PUBLICATIONS: Past speaker and author for the Texas Criminal Defense
Lawyers (1978 to present), Criminal Defense Lawyers Project (1981 to present), Texas Criminal
Defense Lawyers Educational Institute (1982 to present), State Bar of Texas (Advanced Criminal
Law Course, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1990-2003), and the Texas District & County Attorneys
Association's Annual Convention (1993, 1998 & 2001).




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Civil Law Trial Advocacy
John McMeekin II, (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) John C. McMeekin II is a General Partner of
Rawle & Henderson LLP in the Philadelphia office. He concentrates his law practice in the areas
of environmental, toxic and mass torts, products liability and insurance coverage litigation. He
represents clients as national coordinating counsel and local counsel in the defense of long-term
latent injury and defect, chemical exposure and product liability cases. He is the Liaison Counsel
to the Court in the Philadelphia County silica litigation. He is South East Regional Counsel to the
Pennsylvania Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund. Mr. McMeekin is a graduate of
Bucknell University and a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Baltimore School of
Law. There, he received the Heiusler Honor Society Award and was named a Law Achievement
Scholar in Federal Civil Procedure. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and
Maryland, as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania,
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the United States Court of
Appeals for the Third Circuit. He has practiced pro hac vice before the state and federal courts in
Montana, Texas, Maine, Massachusetts, California, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Delaware and
Hawaii. Mr. McMeekin has spoken and presented numerous times on toxic tort and
environmental issues. He is a Vice Chair of the ABA Toxic Tort & Environmental Law
Committee and spoke at the 2003 Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee Spring
Meeting concerning the risks of Bio-Terrorism. He presented a paper and participated in a panel
discussion at the 2003 ABA Annual Convention concerning procedural distinctions between
admission of evidence under the Frye and Daubert standards. He is the Chair of the 2004 ABA
Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee Spring Meeting.


Applicant #2: American Board of Certification
Accreditation Review Panel
John Kirk, Jr., (Chair, Houston, Texas) Mr. Kirk focuses on patent procurement, and advising
clients in patent infringement matters. Mr. Kirk has experience in litigation, patent prosecution,
technology transfers, and expert witness testimony. He also has designed and managed corporate
intellectual property protection programs. Formerly, Mr. Kirk was the founder and name partner
of an entrepreneurially oriented business boutique law firm, providing legal tools for
commercialization to individual inventors, start-up ventures and small businesses. University of
Texas at Austin (B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1959), University of Houston Law Center (J.D.,
1966). American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Specialization, Texas State Bar
Association, National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, Houston Intellectual Property Law
Association, National Council of Intellectual Property Law Association, American Intellectual
Property Law Association, Houston Bar Association, Houston Bar Foundation, Licensing
Executives Society.

Wendy L. Weiss, (Trenton, New Jersey) Bachelor of Science, 1980, Lehigh University; J.D.,
1983, Delaware Law School. Member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bars. Ms. Weiss
practiced personal injury defense law, primarily medical and nursing malpractice, from 1983 to
1987. Since late 1987, Ms. Weiss has worked for the New Jersey Supreme Court, managing the
operations and functions of the Board on Attorney Certification, the Certification Committees,
and staff, as well as performing other tasks related to appeals before the Court. Member ABA
Standing Committee on Specialization.



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Lizabeth A. Moody, (St. Petersburg, Florida) Biography included above.

Examination Reviewer-Consumer Bankruptcy
Bryn Bass, (Lubbock, Texas) Byrn Bass is a partner in the firm of Harding, Bass, Fargason,
Booth, St. Clair & Richards, L.L.P. He graduated from Baylor University in 1969 with a B.A.
Degree and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas in 1972. Since that time, he
has been engaged in the private practice of law in Lubbock. Mr. Bass is a past President of the
West Texas Bankruptcy Bar Association and has served three times as Co-Chairman of the
Farm, Ranch and Agri-Business Bankruptcy Institute sponsored by the Association and the
Texas Tech University School of Law. He also served as a Director of the Lubbock County Bar
Association and was President of that Association in 1993-94. He was an original member of the
State Bar's Advertising Review Committee and is a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow. Mr. Bass is a
frequent speaker at institutes and seminars throughout the State. He has served on the State Bar's
Advanced Business Bankruptcy Seminar Planning Committee, Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy
Law Course Planning Committee and on the Planning Committee of the University of Texas
Law School's Annual Bankruptcy Conference having chaired that Committee in 1991.

Examination Reviewer-Business Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights
Catherine Steege, (Chicago, Illinois) Catherine L. Steege is a partner in Jenner & Block’s
Chicago office. She is a member of the Firm’s Bankruptcy/Corporate Restructuring Practice.
Ms. Steege specializes in bankruptcy and creditors’ rights and frequently represents debtors,
creditors, creditors’ committees, trustees and other parties before the bankruptcy courts. In
addition to a traditional insolvency practice, she also has frequently handled complex litigation
arising out of insolvencies. Ms. Steege currently serves as adjunct professor teaching bankruptcy
at the John Marshall Law School and is a contributing editor to a leading bankruptcy treatise,
Ginsberg & Martin on Bankruptcy. She has represented unsecured creditors committees for
ABC-NACO, Anicom, Inc., Payless Cashways, AccessAir, Inc., Charter Behavioral Health Care
Systems, Handy Andy Home Improvement Centers, Inc. and represented bondholders or
creditors on committees for Jitney-Jungle Stores of America, Penn-Traffic, Metricom and Ha-Lo
Industries. She also has handled complex litigation arising out of bankruptcy cases, including
litigation arising out of the filings for Griffin Trading Company, S.N.A. Nut Company, Robbins
Resource Recovery Partners LP, and Stotler and Company. Ms. Steege is a fellow of the
American College of Bankruptcy and member of the Panel of Private Trustees of the Northern
District of Illinois and also sits on the Advisory Committee to the United States Trustee for the
Northern District of Illinois. Ms. Steege graduated first in her class from the DePaul University
College of Law in 1982 where she was managing lead articles editor of the DePaul Law Review.
In 1978, she graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and worked
for one year as a newspaper reporter.


Applicant #3:        Estate Law Specialist Board
Accreditation Review Panel
Wilma Pinder, (Chair, Los Angeles, California) EDUCATION: UCLA School of Law (J.D.);
Howard University, M.S. in Psychology; University of Southern California (USC), B.A. in
Psychology. Program of Instruction for Lawyers (PIL), Harvard University, June 15-29, 1986.



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BAR ADMISSIONS: Member of the California Bar, 1978; Admitted to U.S. District Courts of
the Central and Northern Districts of California, 1978; Admitted, in person, to the U.S. Supreme
Court (en banc), May 1986. MEMBERSHIPS and RELATED ACTIVITIES: Life Member
American Bar Foundation---Board of Director of the American Bar Foundation American Bar
Association, 1999-present; Los Angeles County Bar Association---Trustee 1997-1998;
California Association of Black Lawyers---Board of Directors 1998-present; Life Member,
California Women Lawyers; UCLA Foundation---Board of Directors 1995-2000; UCLA Women
and Philanthropy---Board of Directors 1995-2000; Committee of Bar Examiners of the State of
California, 1988-1992 and other similar groups, detailed in my resume.

Hon. Melissa May, (Indianapolis, Indiana) Member on Indiana Court of Appeals since April,
1998. Indiana University-Indianapolis, J.D., 1984. Indiana University-South Bend, B.S., 1980.
American Bar Association, Indiana Bar Association (Board of Managers 1992-1994; Counsel to
the President, 2000 - 2001; Co-chair of Futures Taskforce; Chair, Litigation Section 1998-1999)
Evansville Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association, National Association of Women
Judges, Indiana Judges Association, American Judicature Society. Fellow, American Bar
Foundation, Indiana Bar Foundation (Board of Directors, 1994-1998), Master Fellow,
Indianapolis Bar Foundation. Member, Board of Directors Indiana Continuing Legal Education
Forum 1994-1999 (Co-chair, Indiana Trial Advocacy College 2001, 2002). Member, Continuing
Legal Education Commission, 1999 to present (Chair, Specialization Committee.) ABA
Standing Committee on Attorney Specialization, 2003 to present. Private practice in Evansville,
1984-1998.

Phyllis J. Culp, (San Francisco, California) Admitted to practice in Ohio and California.
Worked for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Began working for the State Bar in the Office of
Trial Counsel and later became Director of Public Protection Programs in the Office of
Professional Standards handling Law Corporations, Foreign Legal Consultant and Pro Hac Vice
programs and staffing the Commission on Legal Technicians. In 1991 she became Director of
the Legal Unit in the Office of Certification staffing the Committee on Minimum Continuing
Legal Education (MCLE) and the Board of Legal Specialization. In December 2001, named
Acting Director of the Office of Certification, which administers 11 programs at the Bar, she is
now the Director. Former member of the ABA Standing Committee on Specialization, past
President of Black Women Lawyers of Northern California, and member since 1994 of the
Judicial Council of California Access and Fairness Standing Advisory Committee.

Examination Reviewer
Patricia Wilkinson, (Claremont, California) Partner, Wilkinson & Wilkinson, a.p.c.
Certified Specialist in Trusts, Estates and Probate By State Bar of California, Board of Legal
Specialization. Certified Specialist in Elderlaw, National Academy of Elderlaw Foundation.
Past-Chair, Advisory Commission, State Bar of California For Trusts, Estates and Probate.
Member, Planned Giving Advisory Board - Calif. State Polytechnic University, Pomona,
California. Member, Senior Services Alliance. Past President of Citrus Estate Planning Council.




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Applicant for Accreditation

       Applicant Organization:        National College for DUI Defense

       Specialty Area:                DUI Defense Law

2        The National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (“NCDD”) is a non-profit organization,
    located in Houston, Texas and founded in 1995. The NCDD is dedicated to the
    enhancement of the DUI criminal defense bar by providing comprehensive, advanced-level
    training, and by enabling the nationwide exchange of information regarding the practice
    area.

       The purpose of the NCDD program is to identify and acknowledge lawyers who possess
an enhanced level of skill and expertise in this field, and to develop and improve the profession’s
competence in this specialty area.

Accreditation and Evaluation Procedures

       In evaluating the National College for DUI Defense’s program recommended for
accreditation, the Standing Committee followed the procedures it adopted on March 2, 1993, as
amended on April 24, 1993, June 27, 1995, January 5, 1996, July 8, 1999, July 21, 2001, and
November 1, 2002. A copy of the "Standards," and "Governing Rules" used by the Standing
Committee in evaluating applications for accreditation are available on the Standing
Committee’s web site at http://www.LegalSpecialists.org.

        The applicant organization, filed an application for accreditation of their program with
the Standing Committee in December 2003. The application was accompanied by payment of
the accreditation fee for the specialty certification program for which the applicant sought
accreditation.

     In order to ensure that the program complies with ABA Standards, the Standing
Committee required that the following documents accompany the application for accreditation:

       a.      The Applicant's governing documents, including articles of incorporation, bylaws,
               and resolutions of the governing bodies of the Applicant or any parent
               organization, which resolutions relate to the standards, procedures, guidelines or
               practices of the Applicant's certification Program(s);

       b.      Financial information about the Applicant and any supporting parent organization
               as required by the Standing Committee;

       c.      Biographical summaries of members of the governing board, senior staff and
               advisory panels, including specific information concerning the degree of
               involvement in the specialty area of persons who review and pass upon
               applications for certification;




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       d.      Materials furnished to lawyers seeking certification, including application forms,
               booklets or pamphlets describing the certification Program, peer reference forms,
               rules and procedures, and evaluation guides;

       e.      A copy of the most recent examination, or in the case of a new organization, a
               copy of the proposed examination, a description of how examinations are
               developed, conducted and reviewed, a description of the grading standards used,
               and the names of persons responsible for determining pass/fail standards. Actual
               or proposed written examinations are to be made available on a confidential basis,
               with the understanding that the Applicant, at its option, may rule the person who
               reviews the examination ineligible for certification by the Applicant for a period
               of three (3) years from the time of such designation.

       f.      Such other materials or information deemed necessary by the Accreditation
               Review Panel or the Standing Committee.

       Upon receipt of the application for accreditation, an ABA staff advisor conducted a
preliminary review of the material submitted by the applicant. The staff advisor evaluated the
application materials for completeness and continued conformance with the Standards, noting
omissions in the materials submitted in support of the application for accreditation; where
additional information was needed or item required clarification, the staff advisor contacted the
sponsoring organization.

        Once the staff advisor determined that the application was complete, the staff advisor
provided the organization’s application and supporting materials (with the exception of the
certification examination) to the members of the Accreditation Review Panel for their
independent review. Certification examinations were sent exclusively to the appointed
examination reviewer.

        The Accreditation Review Panel, appointed by the Standing Committee, consisted of a
chair and two members and an examination reviewer. The Applicant was provided notice, in
writing, of the names and affiliations of the members of the Accreditation Review Panel and the
examination reviewer. The accreditation procedures provide the certifying organization the
opportunity to object for cause to the appointment of examination reviewer. The names and brief
biographies of Accreditation Review Panel members and the Examination Reviewer are listed
below.

        In addition to reviewing the applicant’s accreditation application materials, members of
the Accreditation Review Panel considered the information on the accreditation evaluation forms
and comments provided by the examination reviewer who evaluated the written examination on
a confidential basis. Based upon this review, the Accreditation Review Panel concluded that the
applicant’s program complies with the ABA Standards.

       In making a final recommendation regarding accreditation of the program, the procedures
authorize the Standing Committee to consider the final reports of the Accreditation Review




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Panel, the application and supporting documents originally submitted by the certifying
organizations and any further materials that the organization submits for consideration.

        The Standing Committee formally considered the final report of the NCDD Accreditation
Review Panel at their March 25, 2004 meeting and determined that the lawyer specialty
certification program complies with the requirements of the ABA Standards for Accreditation of
Specialty Certification Programs for Lawyers. We therefore recommend to the House of
Delegates that the program be granted accreditation for a five-year period.

                                  Accreditation Review Panel

National College for DUI Defense, Inc.

Accreditation Review Panel
Michael Ferguson (Chair, Berkeley, California) Mr. Ferguson is a 1968 graduate of Boalt Hall,
the Law School at the University of California at Berkley. He has been a member of the
California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization since 1992 and was the chair in 1995. He was
a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Specialization from 1996 through 1999. Mr.
Ferguson is certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in
the field of Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law. He is a fellow of the American College of
Trust and Estate Counsel. He has been a lecturer at Boalt Hall teaching Trusts and Estates since
1994. He is currently in private practice and lectures regularly for the California Continuing
Education of the Bar, the State Bar Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law Section, and various
community organizations on topics relating to Wills & Trusts.

Myron Sheinfeld (Houston, Texas) Myron M. Sheinfeld began practicing in the bankruptcy and
reorganization area in 1965. His practice focuses on reorganization and bankruptcy law,
bankruptcy tax, creditors' rights, workout matters, commercial litigation and business
transactions. Mr. Sheinfeld is experienced in all aspects of Chapter 11 reorganizations, including
the negotiation of complex plans of reorganization and the litigation of contested matters and
adversary proceedings. He has been involved in many of the major bankruptcy reorganization or
business problems in the Southwest and has been recognized as one of the best lawyers in his
field in America. Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Sheinfeld co-founded the law firm of
Sheinfeld, Maley & Kay, P.C., serving as a shareholder until 1996 and as counsel to the firm
from 1996 to 2001. He presently serves on the boards of Nabors Industries Inc. and Third
Avenue Value Fund, and chairs the audit committees of both publicly held companies. Mr.
Sheinfeld is the co-editor of Collier on Bankruptcy and the co-author of Collier on Bankruptcy
Taxation, and has taught during his legal career at the law schools of the Universities of Texas,
Michigan and Houston. He has authored articles in The Corporate Board and serves on the
editorial board of The Practical Lawyer. Mr. Sheinfeld received his B.A. from Tulane University
of Louisiana in 1951 and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1954. He is a
member of the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, the Texas Board of Legal
Specialization and the National Bankruptcy Conference, and is a former vice president and board
member of the American College of Bankruptcy. He is the Chair of the ABA Standing
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Hon. Melissa May (Indianapolis, Indiana) Biography included above.

Examination Reviewer
Hon. Karl Grube (St. Petersburg, Florida) Judge Grube has served as a County Court Judge in
St. Petersburg, Florida, since his election to that office in 1976. He received his Bachelor of
Science degree in Business Administration from Elmhurst College, in Illinois, his Juris Doctor
degree from Stetson University in Florida and 1992 was awarded a Masters Degree in Judicial
Studies from the University of Nevada. Prior to assuming the bench, he served as an assistant
public defender followed by private practice, which included being city attorney for Redington
Beach, Florida. In 1991 he was elected chairperson of the American Bar Association’s National
Conference of Special Court Judges and has been active in the ABA’s Judicial Division,
including occupying an elected seat on the ABA's Judicial Council. He has authored law review
articles related to impaired driving, motor vehicles, and constitutional criminal procedure. These
include: Analyzing the Videotaping of Drunk Driving Suspects as an Act Police Discretion,
Law/Technology,Vol.22 No. 2 1989, Radar Speed Measurement: The Controversy Continues
Fla. Bar Journal Vol. 54 No. 6. 1980, A Restitution Program for Uninsured Offenders in Traffic
Court State Court Journal Vol. 6 No. 1 1982, and Electronic Plea Taking at Florida’s Weekend
First Appearance Hearings, Stetson Law Review, 1992. He presently serves as a member of the
Florida “DUI Programs Review Board” which monitors and conducts annual site inspection
visits for all facilities that conduct DUI programs in the State of Florida. In 1996 Judge Grube
was appointed to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Judicial
Training Implementation Board. In that capacity he has trained over 350 judges from 42 states
to develop effective teaching skills to improve the adjudication of impaired driving cases in their
jurisdictions. As a course coordinator and lead faculty member at the National Judicial College
(NJC) he designed several new courses which are presently being offered. They include: Traffic
Court Issues In The 21st Century, The DUI Primer and Sentencing Issues In Traffic Cases
courses. From 1998 to the present, Judge Grube has functioned as a member of state DUI
assessment teams that have performed comprehensive assessments of enforcement, prosecution,
adjudication and treatment of DUI offenders and offenses in the states of Delaware, Tennessee,
Utah and North Carolina. He is also a member of the Florida DUI Programs Review Board,
which annually inspects and audits education and treatment facilities in the state of Florida. In
1998 he was awarded the NHTSA judicial fellowship and functioned in that capacity for two
years as a liaison between NHTSA and judges throughout the United States. His fellowship
duties included designing the first national Traffic Court Technology program, which was
implemented through a cooperative grant from NHTSA to the American Bar Association’s
(ABA) Judicial Division. For the past three years Judge Grube has functioned as the lead faculty
member Traffic Court Technology programs which have been presented throughout the U.S. in
venues including Newport, R.I., Seattle, WA, Corpus Christi, TX, and Savannah, GA. A
frequent presenter at state judicial organization and bar association education conferences, Judge
Grube is well known for his civil law update programs and the effective use technologically
current presentation techniques.

Respectfully submitted,
Myron M. Sheinfeld, Chair
August 2004



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                            GENERAL INFORMATION FORM

Submitting Entity:   American Bar Association Standing Committee on Specialization

Submitted By:        Myron M. Sheinfeld, Chair


1.     Summary of Recommendations

The recommendation requests that the American Bar Association grant reaccreditation to the
    Criminal Law and Civil Law Trial Advocacy programs of the National Board of Trial
    Advocacy, and the Business Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights
    programs of the American Board of Certification, and the Estate Planning Law program of
    the Estate Planning Specialist Board, grant original accreditation to the DUI Defense Law
    program of the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. These programs have been reviewed
    under procedures adopted by the Standing Committee on Specialization in accordance with
    the Standards for such programs adopted and authorized by the House of Delegates in
    February 1993.


2.     Approval by Submitting Entity

       At its meeting on March 25, 2004, and via electronic ballots the Standing Committee on
       Specialization voted unanimously that it submit these recommendations to the House of
       Delegates for consideration at the 2004 Annual Meeting.


3.     Has this or a similar recommendation been submitted to the House of Delegates
       previously?

       Yes. The Criminal Law and Civil Law Trial Advocacy, Business Bankruptcy, Consumer
       Bankruptcy, and Creditors’ Rights specialty certification programs were accredited by the
       House of Delegates at the 1999 Annual Meeting. The Estate Planning Law specialty
       certification program was extended at the 2004 Mid-Year Meeting. This is an initial
       accreditation for the National College for DUI Defense, however the standards and
       procedures followed are identical to those followed for all other programs.


4.     What existing Association policies are relevant to this recommendation and how would
       they be affected by its adoption?

       At its August 1992 meeting, acting upon a recommendation proposed by 16 state and
       local bar associations, the House of Delegates passed a resolution calling for the
       Association to establish standards for accrediting private organizations that certify
       lawyers as specialists and to establish and maintain a mechanism to accredit such
       organizations that meet those standards. In February 1993, the House of Delegates



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     adopted the Standards for Accreditation of Specialty Certification Programs for Lawyers,
     and delegated to the Standing Committee the task of evaluating organizations that apply
     to the Association for accreditation.


5.   What urgency exists which requires action at this meeting of the House?

     To comply timely and effectively with the House resolutions cited above.

     Prompt action is necessary in order to prevent ABA accreditation of the programs under
     consideration to lapse and to continue to assist the states in regulating private certifying
     organizations.


6.   Status of Legislation

     Not applicable

7.   Cost to the Association

     There are no non-reimbursed costs associated with the reaccreditation of specialty
     certification programs as proposed in the recommendation. The costs associated with the
     reaccreditation process are defrayed by fees charged to the organizations seeking
     reaccreditation.

     Expenses are kept to a minimum by utilizing volunteers to serve as members of the
     Accreditation Review Panels, which evaluate the applications for reaccreditation.
     Existing staff members who provide services to the Standing Committee act as program
     advisors and administrators. Activities requiring in-person meetings are conducted at
     regularly scheduled and funded meetings of the Standing Committee on Specialization.
     Other functions needed for the evaluation process are conducted by email, mail, fax and
     telephone conference call. Costs associated with these functions, as well as those
     incurred in the printing of materials, are reimbursed out of the aforementioned fees.


8.   Disclosure of Interest

     None


9.   Referrals

     None




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10.   Contact Person (Prior to the Meeting)

      Myron M. Sheinfeld                                Tori Jo Wible
      Chair, Standing Committee                         Staff Counsel, Standing Committee
       on Specialization                                 on Specialization
      Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP               American Bar Association
      1111 Louisiana St.                                321 N. Clark Street
      44th Floor                                        Chicago, IL 60610-4714
      Houston, TX 77002                                 Phone: (312) 988-5753
      Phone: (713) 220-5801                             Fax: (312) 988-5483
      Fax: (713) 236-0822                               email: wiblet@staff.abanet.org
      Email: msheinfeld@akingump.com


11.   Contact Person (Who will present the Report to the House)

      Myron M. Sheinfeld
      Chair, Standing Committee on Specialization
      Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
1111 Louisiana St, 44th Floor
      Houston, TX 77002
      Phone: (713) 220-5801
      Fax: (713) 236-0822
      Email: msheinfeld@akingump.com


12.   Contact Person Regarding Amendments to This Recommendation

      There are no known proposed amendments at this time.




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