Haynes and Boone Partner Named President of the American Board of Certification

December 09, 2002

Allison Stuckey
or Ginger Starr
Sunwest Communications

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Haynes and Boone, LLP announced that John Penn, a partner with the Haynes and Boone Fort Worth office, has been named as the President of the American Board of Certification (ABC).  ABC is a national attorney certification board that administers programs in bankruptcy and creditors rights law.  As a member of ABC’s first certification class, Mr. Penn was also recognized for ten consecutive years of board certification in business bankruptcy law by the same organization.

“I hope to raise awareness of board certification in the legal profession,” said John Penn, partner with Haynes and Boone.  “Many people who insist upon board certified physicians never think twice about finding a board certified attorney.  Plastic surgeons and podiatrists are both certified in the medical field, but there is a world of difference between the two.  The same is true among attorneys.”

The American Board of Certification (ABC), which is sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Commercial Law League of America, is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the public and improving the quality of the bankruptcy and creditors’ rights bar.  The rigorous ABC certification standards are designed to encourage bankruptcy practitioners to strive toward excellence and to recognize those attorneys who are experts in the bankruptcy field.  ABC offers separate certification programs in business and consumer bankruptcy and creditors’ rights.  All three of ABC’s certification programs are accredited by the both American Bar Association and a number of state bar associations, including the State Bar of Texas.

As the ABC’s president, Mr. Penn is responsible for assuring that applicants meet the organization’s certification requirements.  They include extensive practice, educational and peer review requirements as well as a comprehensive examination tailored to the specific certification.

Haynes and Boone, LLP is an international corporate law firm with nine offices throughout Texas, in Washington, D.C. and in Mexico City providing a full spectrum of legal services to clients around the world. With more than 450 attorneys, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest law firms in the nation by National Law Journal.  AmLaw Tech Magazine Scoreboard ranked Haynes and Boone first in law firm technology in 2001. The firm has been recognized as one of the 25 “Best U.S. Law Firms at Which to Work” (Of Counsel, 2000), one of the “Best Corporate Law Firms in America” (Corporate Board Member Magazine, 2002) and recipient of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s 2002 Thomas L. Sager Award for its commitment to diversity.

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