Minnesota Law: The Minnesota State Bar Association Certified Legal Specialists Program

On August 20, 2011, "Minnesota Law" and Tom Shroyer hosted the Hon. James M. Rosenbaum (Ret.), James M. Sherburne, former Chair of the MSBA Board of Legal Certification, and Penelope J. Phillips, Chair of the MSBA Labor & Employment Certification Board, on the topic of "The Minnesota State Bar Association Certified Legal Specialists Program."

Since 1987, the Minnesota State Bar Association has been approved as an independent professional organization for certifying lawyers as legal specialists. Through testing, peer review from lawyers and judges, and documenting experience, the MSBA Legal Specialist Certification Program measures a lawyer's expertise in a specialty area.

A lawyer who is a Certified Legal Specialist has been recognized as having an enhanced level of skill and expertise, as well as substantial involvement in an established legal specialty.

The goal of MSBA Certification Legal Specialist programs is to assist the public by identifying attorneys who meet objective specialty area standards for reliable knowledge and experience.