"Theyre not," says retired Judge Jacquiline Silbermann. "I'm more interested in your experience and previous engagements than the letters after your name." Silbermann points out that there are so many certifications that some judges just assume that many of them are free. Judge Edward Jordan points out that education, experience or training are cited in federal law as evidence of qualification. Hard-earned certifications ("not those you get for $25") and lots of experience, are evidence of qualification.