AIAP believes that attorneys with exceptional professional accomplishments in appellate practice should be recognized for their skills and expertise. When AIAP was established,the co-founders carefully studied, reflected and then settled upon exceedingly stringent criteria for recognition of the very best of the lawyers at the pinnacle of the appellate bar. The result: peer reviewed screening of LCA Fellows who met the strict certification criteria and earned the honor of Certification as an Appellate Specialist by The American Institute of Appellate Practice.
For AIAP members concerned about whether certification as an appellate specialist may be communicated publicly without running afoul of Rules of Professional Conduct 7.4(c), or its equivalent ("A lawyer may communicate the fact that the lawyer has been certified as a specialist in a field of law by a named organization or authority, but only if such certification is granted by an organization previously approved by the [Alabama] State Bar Board of Legal Certification to grant such certifications."), please note that the Office of the General Counsel for the Alabama State Bar Association acknowledges the legitimacy of AIAP's members' qualifications (LCA Fellowship) and certification criteria such that a formal exemption from the literal requirements of Rule 7.4(c) has been granted (see attached letter from J. Anthony McLain).