Certification rules adopted

first_img Certification rules adopted Certification rules adopted New policies clarifying certification appeals, especially those involving peer review, have received final approval from the Bar Board of Governors.Board member David Rothman, chair of the Certification Plan Appeals Committee, presented the proposals for their second and last reading at the board’s January 30 meeting.The policy changes clarify that only the certification committee and the Board of Legal Specialization and Education will have access to peer reviews during the consideration of certification or recertification and during the appeal. CPAC and the Board of Governors, if the appeal reaches them, will only review whether the BLSE and the certification committee followed the proper procedures, Rothman said.CPAC had been looking at a revamped procedure that would create a new committee above the BLSE that would have access to the peer reviews, with any further appeals bypassing the Board of Governors and going straight to the Supreme Court. But the committee decided against that change in procedure and agreed with the BLSE initial position that access to peer reviews should be limited.After the board final vote, Rothman said CPAC has instructed PBLS to provide a peer review summary to applicants, removing any identifying information to ensure continued confidentiality.Board members had expressed concerns in past meetings that applicants are handicapped when they appeal a peer review denial because they cannot see the contents of the reviews.Rothman said providing some information would give applicants the chance to rebut the allegation, or realize what conduct has to be changed to achieve certification or recertification.center_img March 15, 2004 Regular Newslast_img

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