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Smith Moore's Laura Burton Earns Immigration Law Certification


January 20, 2004

Smith Moore LLP announces attorney Laura Deddish Burton is certified as a specialist in immigration law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. She is one of only 15 board-certified specialists in immigration law in North Carolina.

To become certified, a lawyer must fulfill four criteria. An attorney must show substantial involvement in the specialty field during the five years preceding application as well as attain 48 hours of continuing legal education in immigration law during the four years prior to application. Burton had logged 118 hours of continuing legal education in her field when she applied for certification. The attorney also must secure satisfactory references or recommendations regarding the lawyer's competence and qualification in the specialty field, and pass a written examination designed to test the lawyer's knowledge and ability in the specialty field.

Burton joined Smith Moore in 1997 and practices almost exclusively in immigration law. She is fluent in French and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, as well as the French-American Chamber of Commerce of North Carolina. Burton earned her bachelor's degree cum laude from Duke University and her law degree from the University of Virginia.

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