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Certification events planned.

The Florida Bar's Board of Legal Specialization and Education is implementing its "Taking Board Certification to the Next Level" mission by adding specialty areas available for certification, implementing a statewide strategic communication plan, and increasing benefits and resources for board-certified lawyers.

The initiative includes:

* New Construction Law Certification. Second-cycle certification exams took place May 20-21, and 199 applicants tested in eight certification areas, including 110 in the first class of construction law applicants.

"The landscape of construction law applicants clearly reflects the diversity among attorneys known as experts in this field," said Construction Law Certification Chair Kim Ashby. "Nearly all of the lawyers who expressed an interest in establishing a construction law certification were present at the exam; their support is a testament to the strength and value of the Bar's certification program."

* Board Certified Lawyers' Annual Meeting Reception. The BLSE and Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance are hosting a reception to honor board-certified lawyers and to recognize attorneys with 20 or more years of certification. The reception, which also is open to noncertified lawyers interested in the program, is June 23, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Marriott OrlandoWorld Center's Miami room. The BLSE's annual meeting exhibit in the Lawyers Marketplace features giveaways and name tag ribbons for certified attorneys.

* Justice Harry Lee Anstead Award for The Florida Bar's Board-Certified Lawyer of the Year. The BLSE, under the leadership of Chair Ralph Artigliere. created an award to recognize exemplary professionalism, excellence, character, and commitment to The Florida Bar's certification program and to the practice of law. The award will be presented annually by the BLSE chair to a Florida board-certified lawyer or judge. This year's award will be presented at the annual meeting BLSE reception.

* August 31 Application Deadline for Certification in 10 Legal Specialties. Applications for the following specialties are due August 31: Admiralty & Maritime, Appellate Practice, Aviation, Civil Trial, Elder, Immigration & Nationality, International, Labor & Employment Law, Marital & Family Law, and Tax. Applications and more information: www.flabar.org/certification.
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