Criminal Law Advisory Commission


The Board of Legal Specialization (BLS), pursuant to Rule 44, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct., regulates the certification of legal specialists in eight practice areas: Bankruptcy, Criminal Law, Estate and Trust, Family Law, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, Real Estate, Tax, and Workers’ Compensation.

Advisory Commissions:  Each area of specialization has an Advisory Commission to actively administer the program in its particular field, under the policy guidance of the BLS.

Advisory Commission Composition: This commission shall be composed of ten attorneys practicing/teaching in the field of criminal law selected in a manner so as to give the commission a balanced representation of practitioners from the various fields of criminal law, which includes at least one private defense attorney, one public defender, and one prosecutor.


  • Review/investigate applications for initial certification or recertification.
  • Convene and preside over Request for Reconsideration hearings.
  • Report recommendations for initial certification or recertification to the Board of Legal Specialization.

Time Commitment:  Advisory Commission’s meet three (3) to six (6) times per year.  The length of the meetings may vary, but typically last 30 to 60 minutes.

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For more information contact:

Deanna Commack
4201 N. 24th Street, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85016-6266

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