(1) The applicant must make a satisfactory showing of substantial involvement relevant to the particular specialty certification the person is seeking, with at least thirty percent of his or her time spent practicing civil trial litigation, and/or thirty percent of his or her time spent practicing criminal trial litigation, during the three years preceding the filing of the application.
(2) Within the applicant’s career, the applicant must make a satisfactory showing of substantial involvement relevant to the particular specialty certification by personal participation in at least forty-five days of trial ( a day of trial is not less than six hours) during which the applicant examined or cross-examined witnesses, delivered an opening statement or closing argument or conducted a voir dire jury examination. During the forty-five or more trial days the applicant must personally have:
(a) Served as lead counsel in at least five jury cases;
(b) Substantially participated in at least five jury cases which have proceeded to verdict;
(c) Conducted direct examination of at least twenty-five lay witnesses;
(d) Conducted cross-examination of at least twenty-five lay witnesses;
(e) Conducted direct examination of at least fifteen expert witnesses;
(f) Conducted cross-examination of at least fifteen expert witnesses;
(g) Presented at least eight opening statements;
(h) Presented at least four closing arguments;
(i) Conducted at least five voir dire jury examinations or (in courts which do not permit counsel to conduct voir dire examination) submitted proposed jury questions for the court at least ten times or a combination of examinations and submissions acceptable to the Standards Committee.
The Standards Committee may allow a lesser number of performances in categories (c) through (i) if additional involvement in other categories clearly constitutes sufficient active trial participation to demonstrate an enhanced level of skill and experience.
(3) Within the applicant’s career, the applicant shall also have actively participated in one hundred additional contested matters involving the taking of testimony (cases included in your substantial involvement may not be included as part of your contested matters). This may include trials (jury or non-jury); evidentiary hearings or depositions; and motions heard before or after trial. In criminal advocacy, it may include juvenile delinquency hearings. In civil advocacy, it may include arbitration hearings, welfare hearings, and workers compensation matters not tried to a court.
(4) Within the applicant’s substantial involvement and contested matters, one of the following four conditions must be met three years prior to application:
(a) Substantial trial involvement in ten days of trial with personal participation in the categories listed in Section (B)(2)(a) through (i) or,
(b) Active personal participation in twenty-four litigated matters, either directly handled to conclusion as lead counsel or in a supervisory capacity to lead counsel, or
(c) Participation in thirty-six performances (evidentiary hearings or depositions which either oral argument was made or testimony was taken, or motions heard before or after trial), or
(d) A combination of trial days, participation in litigated matters or performances which demonstrates substantial involvement in the specialty equivalent to one of the three subsections above as approved by the Standards Committee.