Michelle Alcala has become Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS).
Board Certified attorneys must be licensed for at least five years, devote a required percentage of practice to a specialty area for at least three years, attend continuing education seminars, pass an evaluation by fellow lawyers and judges and pass a six-hour written examination.
“An attorney has to do something extra to get certified, and then they have to continue to work and acquire knowledge in their specialty area to remain certified,” Judy Lenox, chairman of the TBLS Board of Directors, said. “This is a life-long commitment.”
Alcala is a 2003 graduate of Harvard Law School. She has been with Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody since 2004 and was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 2003.
Board Certification is offered to attorneys in 21 specific areas of law. Initial certification is valid for five years. To remain certified, attorneys and paralegals must apply for recertification every five years and meet substantial involvement, peer review and continuing legal education requirements for their specialty area.