Qualifications to be Social Security Disability Specialist
To become a certified attorney in Social Security Disability a lawyer must pass all the requirements of the National
Board of Social Security Disability Advocacy. All certified attorneys must be in "good standing" with a
"period of practice" in the area. They must also show "substantial involvement" in the practice
of Social Security Disability law. All must show "Educational Experience" in continued legal education.
Certified lawyers must also submit to "peer review" by at least 6 peers 3 of which must be Administrative
Law Judges. Certified lawyers must also take and pass an Exam on Social Security Disability. They must also submit
atleast 6 legal writings 2 from hearing level, 2 from Appeals Council and 2 from US District Court. Lastly, they
must report any misconduct. To see the full certification standards for Social Security Disability certification by National Board of legal Speciality Certification
(formerly the NBTA) click on the link.
How does the ABA and different States view SSDI specialty
There are a few things I would like to note here. A lawyer does not have to be certified to practice in this
area of law and being certified by the NBSSDA does not mean they are more competent than other lawyers who practice in this
area of law. Those of us who haven chosen to take the time and effort to get certified have done so to document our
own experience and commitment to this area of law. Some states have there own certification process while other states
recognize certification if it has been approved by the ABA. The National Board of Social Security Disability
Advocacy has been accredited by the American Bar Association
for their Social Security Disability Speciality program. It should also be mentioned that some states
do not allow the use of the term specialist by lawyers. Some states require that it be mentioned that the NBSSDA
is not a government or judicial entity. The NBSSDA is a non-prophet organization. I will soon be listing
on this page all the states and their rules regarding lawyer certification for Social Security Disability.
The National Board of Legal Speciality was formerly known as the National board of Trial Advocacy or NBTA. Peel vs.
Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of Illinois 110 S.CT. 2281 (1990) disallowed any state from prohibiting
disclosure of NBTA certification.