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National Trial Certification Exam Scheduled for April 12, 2003

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Wretham, Massachusetts - The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), a nonprofit organization accredited by the American Bar Association to certify attorneys as specialists in the areas of civil, criminal, and family law trial advocacy, will conduct the spring administration of the national trial certification examination on April 12th, 2003, in various locations throughout the United States. The day long essay examination, one part of the NBTA's certification application, tests an applicant's comprehensive practical knowledge of trial practice, ethics, and evidence relevant to their chosen specialty area. Applicants will be tested on their knowledge of substantive law, and their ability to evaluate, handle and resolve model controversies prior to the institution of suit and through post judgment proceedings. Attorneys interested in achieving national trial certification in the specialties of civil, criminal or family law trial advocacy should open an NBTA application prior to March 1, 2003, to be eligible to sit for the April 12th, 2003 examination.

For this the NBTA's April 12th, 2003 examination, proctor sites will include; Birmingham, Alabama; Phoenix, Arizona; San Francisco, California; Denver, Colorado; Hartford, Connecticut; Washington, D.C.; Tampa, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Wichita, Kansas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Wrentham, Massachusetts; Minneapolis, Minnesota; St. Louis, Missouri; Great Falls, Montana; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Las Vegas, Nevada; Charlotte, North Carolina; Cleveland, Ohio; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Portland, Oregon; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Charleston, South Carolina; Memphis, Chattanooga, and Knoxville, Tennessee; Fort Worth and San Antonio, Texas; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

NBTA has been providing the public with an objective measure of skill and expertise in the area of trial advocacy since certifying the first class of NBTA trial advocates in 1980. There are currently approximately 2,500 attorneys throughout the states that actively maintain a national trial certification designation. Each of these individuals has successfully illustrated their dedication to the exemplary practice of trial law by demonstrating comprehensive practical knowledge of trial practice relevant to their specialty through the documentation of trial time, additional contested matters, substantial continuing legal education, peer are judicial references, legal writing samples, histories of professional conduct, and the day long NBTA essay examination.

In 2003, the NBTA will begin a spring and fall examination rotation. The fall exam will be held October 11th, 2003. Please contact the NBTA staff office for information on how to apply for certification, or visit the NBTA web site

For additional information contact:
Gwen Coutu, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 200 Stonewall Boulevard, Suite 1, Wrentham, MA 02093,, 508-364-6565