Category Archives: Website Design for Specialty Bar Associations

New Florida Bar Rules for Board Certified Attorneys

Effective May 1, 2013, the Florida Bar’s new rules on attorney advertising took effect. Attorneys that practice in Florida should read the rules in their entirety. See In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar – Subchapter 4-7, Lawyer Advertising Rules, 38 Fla. L. Weekly S47 (Fla. Jan. 31, 2013).

The rules governing how attorneys can advertise their services to the public have been renumbered and reorganized. The new rules start at 4-7.11 through 4.7.23. The old rules, Rule 4-7.1 through 4-7.10 will be “vacant” in the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar.

New Florida Bar Rules for Board Certified Attorneys

One important change under the rules applies to attorneys who are “board certified” in a specialty certification program that is accredited by the American Bar Association, but not recognized by the Florida Bar. Under the new rule, the attorney can now disclose that designation in advertisements as long as the ad contains a disclaimer that the certification is not recognized by the Florida Bar.

Florida Bar Rule 4-7.14 was designed to prevent potentially misleading advertisements. Under the new rule, an attorney may now use the terms “board certified,” “specialist” “expert” or variations of those terms when the attorney is certified by an organization accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) to award specialty certification.

Under the previous version, Rule 4-7.2(c)(6) provided that the term “board certified” could not be used unless “the organization’s program [granting certification] has been accredited by The Florida Bar as provided elsewhere in these Rules Regulating The Florida Bar…” For instance, the Florida Board of Legal Specialization and Education (BLSE) may accredit national or third party organizations to certify lawyers in certain practice areas. Those organizations include:

  • American Board of Certification, for Business Bankruptcy and Consumer Bankruptcy; and
  • National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, for Civil Trial Law, Criminal Law and Family Trial Law.

The national organizations that are recognized by the ABA, but not certified by the Florida Bar include:

  • the National College for DUI Defense®, Inc. (NCDD);
  • the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC);
  • the National Elder Law Foundation;
  • the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils; and
  • the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.

This rule change coincides with the launch of Lawyer Legion, a division of Internet LAVA, LLC, in Houston, TX. Lawyer Legion is a new kind of online attorney directory. All listings are 100% free to the attorney. No paid listings are allowed.

Lawyer Legion recently launched the only nationwide directory to properly recognize board certified attorneys in every state program and every national program accredited by the ABA. For Florida attorneys who are board certified, they should claim and complete their profile in our online directory for attorneys.

Our new online attorney directory allows the public to narrow their search to find only board certified specialist in one of many different specialty areas of the law.

Disclosure: Lawyer Legion is not endorsed by, affiliated, or approved by the bar association in any state including the Florida Bar.

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We Build Free Websites for Legal Organizations

Website Design for Legal Assocations and Specialty Bar Assocations



We are looking for our next pro bono project. If your non-profit legal organization or specialty bar association could use a FREE new or redesigned website, then contact Lawyer Legion.

Our team at Lawyer Legion, a division of Internet LAVA, LLC, designs websites for non-profit legal organizations and specialty bar associations.




If you are a leader in your legal organization, we know exactly what you are looking for:

  • We are willing to design, launch and host the website for FREE;
  • The legal organization always maintains full ownership and control of the website;
  • We can create a logo and branding material to your specifications;
  • We have worked with several trusted legal organizations that will recommend our services;
  • We help legal organizations create and manage their social media profiles to stay connected to their members;
  • We put the websites on a open source content management system (CMS) so the leaders in the organization can easily update the website, especially for events and upcoming CLE seminars; and
  • We help the organization create an advanced membership directory.

We recently launched a redesigned website for the Palm Beach Hispanic Bar Association with streaming social media, an easy to use WordPress CMS, and an advanced membership directory.

Website Design for Specialty Bar Association








Also, take a look at their membership directory that helps them satisfy old members while attracting new members.

membership directory for specialty bar association

The websites we build for legal organizations do all of the following:

– help promote the goals of the organization, especially increasing membership and membership upgrades;

– feature the officers and other leaders of the organization;

– promote upcoming events and CLE seminars;

– help automate the application process and annual payment of membership dues;

– replace outdated listserver with more secure discussion forums; and

– create easy to use and organized brief banks so that members can share information.

We are looking for our next pro bono project. So if you are looking for a company to design the website for your specialty bar association or non-profit legal organization, then contact us for more information.