In 1995, there were almost 20,000 board-certified lawyers in the United States. By 2009 that number increased to more than 35,000 lawyers. According to the American Bar Association's research in 2008 there were 1,180,386 attorneys licensed to practice law in the United States. Of these the ABA estimates 74% are in private practice; thus approximately 4% of practicing lawyers are currently board certified by states or ABA accredited agencies. Moreover,there are now seven private organizations with ABA-accredited certification programs, 12 state sponsored certification plans and eight state sponsored plans to accredit private certifiers. Today attorney board certificaction is now available in 49 specialty fields by certifying agencies either operated by a state or one of the ABA accredited private agencies like the NBLSC
Nevertheless, full acceptance of the validity and importance of board certification by all courts and all states has not been achieved. Still, there are NBLSC certified attorneys in most if not all states, and their numbers are growing.
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