|The Ohio State Bar Association announced that the Supreme Court Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists has accredited the OSBA to certify attorneys as specialists in insurance coverage law. The Supreme Court of Ohio established the Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists to identify specialties and set minimum standards for specialty certification.
Insurance coverage law is the area of law involving issues between insurers and policyholders concerning the rights and responsibilities that arise under insurance policies.
“Certification offers our members an opportunity to expand their expertise in particular areas of the law and it provides the public with an additional credential to consider when hiring a lawyer,” said OSBA President Judge Patrick Fischer.
Attorneys interested in becoming certified specialists in insurance coverage law should take note that the application deadline date is June 30, 2013. Applications for certification will be available in January through June 30, 2013. Of special interest to applicants is the requirement that they must complete a minimum of 36 hours of approved continuing legal education in the specialty area in the three-year period preceding their application for certification. For those applying in the 2012-2013 period, these courses must be completed by June 2013. To obtain more information about becoming a certified specialist in insurance coverage law, visit www.ohiobar.org/specialization, or call Melissa Quick at (614) 487-4411.
Attorneys who elect to become certified specialists in Ohio are required to attend additional hours of continuing legal education, devote a substantial portion of their practice to a specific area of the law, and earn the respect of their colleagues. Attorneys who have earned a specialty certification must be recertified at least every six years.
The Ohio State Bar Association is the largest certifying agency in Ohio. In addition to the area of insurance coverage law, the OSBA is also accredited by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission to certify attorney specialists in following areas: