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maintaining certificationAnnual dues notices and recertification application notices will be sent on July 1, 2021. It is our hope that by sending these out at the same time, specialists will come to rely on that communication to confirm which fee they owe that year, as well as the consistent timing of the payments. Annual dues and recertification applications will be due on August 31, 2021.

Recertification in 2021

If you experienced difficulty in meeting the specialization CLE requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated scheduling and financial issues, please plan to complete a Request for a Waiver of Strict Compliance. The deadline to file this will be August 31 as well.

Please direct any questions about deadlines or fee payments to Lanice at



celebrationWe have historically celebrated the accomplishments of North Carolina’s board certified specialists in-person at the annual Specialization Luncheon. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to host our luncheon in 2020 and in 2021. Board and staff members wish we could have hosted an event, but we realized that we could not let another year go by without publicly recognizing the significant achievements of so many incredible lawyers. Please view our 2020/2021 Recognition Program on the State Bar’s YouTube channel and join us in congratulating your colleagues. We hope to see you next year!