Becoming Board Certified is a very stringent process. There are several different aspects to becoming Board Certified:
Practice Experience: You must have at least five (5) years of experience in appellate law, and 30 percent of your caseload must have been in appellate practice during the three (3) years preceding your application for board certification. You must also be the primary counsel in at least 25 appeals during the five (5) years preceding the application process. In addition, you must have conducted at least 5 oral arguments in an appellate case during those five (5) years.
Peer Review: Four (4) appellate attorneys and two (2) appellate judges must "attest to the applicant's substantial involvement and competence in appellate practice, as well as the applicant's character, ethics, and reputation for professionalism."
Education: The applicant for board certification must have completed 45 hours of continuing legal education in appellate practice over the last three (3) years.
Examination: The applicant must pass an examination designed to demonstrate sufficient knowledge, proficiency and experience in appellate practice. This includes the recognition, preservation, and presentation of trial error, and knowledge and application of the rules of appellate procedure applicable to state and federal appellate practice in Florida.