Attorney Richard Jaffe Achieves Recertification in Criminal Trial Law With the National Board of Trial Advocacy

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BIRMINGHAM, AL. -The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) is pleased to announce that Richard Jaffe of the law firm, Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant and Knight, P.C. has successfully achieved recertification as a criminal trial advocate. The NBTA was formed out of a strong conviction that both the law profession and its clients would benefit from an organization designed specifically to create an objective set of standards illustrating an attorney's experience and expertise in the practice of trial law.

Richard Jaffe is part of a growing number of trial attorneys that have illustrated their commitment to bettering the legal profession by successfully completing a rigorous application process and providing the consumer of legal services with an objective measure by which to choose qualified and experienced legal counsel.

The elaborate screening of credentials that all NBTA board certified attorneys must successfully complete includes: demonstration of substantial trial experience, submission of judicial and peer references to attest to their competency, attendance of continuing legal education courses and proof of good standing.

Board Certification is the highest, most stringent, and most reliable honor an attorney can achieve. Board certifications are the only distinctions awarded by non-profit organizations. The NBTA as well as all board certifying organizations are committed to safeguarding the public’s ability to choose a good attorney. Attorney Jaffe was the 2nd Alabama lawyer to be certified by NBTA in Criminal law. He was originally certified on January 31, 1984.

Richard Jaffe earned his undergraduate degree from The University of Alabama. He is a graduate of The University of Alabama School of Law. Mr. Jaffe is licensed to practice in Alabama, Georgia, Washington, D.C. and New York. He has been involved in hundreds of trials. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (ACDLA), Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (GBCDLA), Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. He has published Quest for Justice: Defending the Damned” (NHP, 2012), “Cross-Examination Principles” (The Champion, 2016), “8 Principles for Effective Closing Arguments” (The Champion, 2014) and “Using Experts – Sinking or Swimming” (NACDL – Key West, 2007).

Approximately three percent of American lawyers are board certified, and Mr. Jaffe is a member of a very select group who has taken the time to prove competence in their specialty area and earn board certification.

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