Palm Springs Divorce and Family Law Attorney
Michael C. Peterson Passes the 2013
Certified Family Law Specialist's Examination!!!
We are so very proud and pleased to announce that Arnold Law Offices'
Michael C. Peterson received notice today from the California State Bar that he successfully
passed the 2013 Certified Family Law Specialists Examination!
The legal specialists certification is for lawyers what 'board certification'
is for doctors. The first, and most arduous, step in gaining this prestigious
accreditation is successfully undertaking what is the equivalent of a
second Bar Examination, except that the level of sophistication and complexity
of the written test is way more challenging that merely becoming licensed
to practice general law. Conventional wisdom has it that, in order to
make the grade, between 200 to 400 hours of intensive study time is required.
Most attorneys first also take a 33 plus hour advanced family law course
of study put on by The Rutter Group (Thomson Reuters), which is offered
every other year. This includes actually reading more reported appellate
court cases than you'd want to imagine, not to mention over 400 family
law statutes and court rules, and putting all of the information together
into a framework that can be applied to the myriad of circumstances that
divorce and family law practitioners encounter with each new client who
brings their issues and concerns through our doors.
The study and the examination are the hardest part, but by themselves are
not enough to gain admission to this elite group: In order to become certified,
a family law legal professional must also meet rigorous ethical, experience,
and trial practice standards and must also be recommended by judges and
their peers. Mr. Peterson took the exam in September and waited almost
seven months to learn he'd passed, and now must submit another round
of documentation so that his professional expertise can be closely examined
before he is entitled to call himself a "Certified Family Law Specialist"
and this is anticipated to take another six months or more for the State
Bar to process.
The Law Firm of Thurman W. Arnold, III - one day soon to be known as "Arnold
& Peterson" - is greatly honored to have this rising star as
part of its backbone. Our passion and our goal is to continue to serve
the public as the top family law firm in the Coachella Valley and within
Riverside County. Today Mr. Peterson, by his dedication and remarkable
intelligence (not to mention his immense likeability and compassion),
has helped to guarantee that so it will continue to be!
Congrat's Mike - you are awesome!
T.W. Arnold, III, CFLS
Mr. Peterson is available to assist family law litigants throughout Riverside
and San Bernardino counties, with a particular emphasis on divorce and
related proceedings in Indio, Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms,
Morongo Valley, Blythe, Riverside, Morena Valley, San Bernardino and Temecula!