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Clinical Professor Kate Mewhinney certified as elder law specialist

Wake Forest School of Law Clinical Professor Kate Mewhinney has been certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a specialist in elder law. Mewhinney, who manages the law school’s Elder Law Clinic, was appointed in January 2008 to chair the first Elder Law Specialty Committee of the N.C. State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. In November, the Board announced the names of the certified elder law specialists. Professor Mewhinney has also been certified by the National Elder Law Foundation since 1995, in its charter group of specialists.

The North Carolina State Bar certifies lawyers as specialists in designated practice areas as a service to the public. The program assists members of the public in the selection of legal counsel by identifying lawyers who have demonstrated special knowledge, skill and proficiency in certain areas of law. The program also gives lawyers a credible way of making their expertise known to the public and other lawyers.

To be certified as a specialist in a practice area, a lawyer must have been in practice for at least five years, devote a significant part of his or her practice to the specialty area, attend continuing legal education (CLE) seminars in the specialty, be favorably evaluated by other lawyers and judges (peer review), and pass a written examination in the specialty practice area.

For more information about the North Carolina Legal Specialization program, and to view a list of legal specialists by practice area, visit the Legal Specialization website at www.nclawspecialists.org or call the State Bar at (919) 828-4620.