Raleigh attorney Dewey P. Brinkley was recently certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a State Criminal Law Specialist. He is one of 146 lawyers state-wide to achieve this distinction. Mr. Brinkley, a partner in the Law Office of Dewey P. Brinkley since 2005, concentrates his legal practice in the area of criminal defense. He received his BA degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. degree from Tulane Law School. Mr. Brinkley is a member of the Criminal Law section of the North Carolina Bar Association as well as the Criminal Defense section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.
The North Carolina State Bar certifies lawyers as specialists in designated practice areas as a service to the public. The program assists members of the public in the selection of legal counsel by identifying lawyers who have demonstrated special knowledge, skill, and proficiency in certain areas of law. The program also gives lawyers a credible way of making their expertise known to the public and other lawyers.
To be certified as a Criminal Law Specialist, a lawyer must have been in practice for at least five years, devoted a significant part of his or her practice to criminal law, attend continuing legal education (CLE) seminars in the specialty, be favorably evaluated by other lawyers and judges (peer review), and pass a written examination in that practice area. For more information about the North Carolina Legal Specialization Program, and to view a list of legal specialists by practice area, please visit the Legal Specialization website at www.nclawspecialists.gov, or call the North Carolina State Bar at (919) 828-4620.