Contributed By: David Porter

certification2Four lawyers on the staff of Ninth Judicial Circuit Public Defender Robert Wesley recently earned Florida Bar Board Certification in criminal trial law.

They are: Robert Belle, Barrie Click, Christina Shephard and Chelsea Simmons.

Only four other lawyers elsewhere in Florida state earned criminal trial law certification this year.

The certification recognizes these lawyers as experts in their field. Board certification is granted in 24 specialty areas by the Florida Bar. Fewer than 5 percent of Florida’s 99,000 lawyers earn board certification.

To earn certification, lawyers face rigorous testing, peer review and background checks to evaluate their knowledge, skill, efficiency and ethics.

“In our Public Defender’s Office we focus on providing excellent legal representation for our clients,” Mr. Wesley said. “I continually reinforce that standard of excellence by setting board certification as the goal for each lawyer on the day I hire them.”

Photo caption: From the left, with Mr. Wesley are Chelsea Simmons, Barrie Click, Christina Shephard and Robert Belle.