In order to assist lawyers with fulfilling annual CPD requirements during this challenging period, the Law Society has assembled the following list of programs that are being offered remotely and free of charge.


The Bill C-78 Divorce Act Changes: What You Need to Know  

Substantial changes to the Divorce Act came into force on March 1, 2021. Experts from the Family and Children’s Law Team, Department of Justice Canada, are offering free virtual training to provide you with an overview of the amendments. This course will be helpful to those who need an introduction to the amendments and to those who need a refresher on the eve of implementation.

The course will cover the following:

  • Status of Act, objectives
  • Language of parenting, parenting orders
  • Best interests, family violence
  • Relocation: process, substantive law
  • New duties: courts, parents, lawyers
  • Jurisdiction for parenting orders
  • Official Languages amendments
  • Inter-jurisdictional support
  • FOAEA Act changes
  • Regulations, consequential changes, etc.

Courses dates and times: Dates are being added as courses fill up; for the most up-to-date information on courses, go to www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cj-jp/yj-jj/dac-mld.html.

The Department of Justice Canada (Legal Practices Policy Division - LPPD) is a pre-approved provider; this activity counts for up to 3 hours. 

Please also note that the Department of Justice Canada is offering online courses related to Bill C-78. You can find the first one "Introduction to Federal Family Law Amendments" here.


Anti-Money Laundering Measures

The Law Society of BC is offering a free two-hour program provided by practice advisor Barbara Buchanan, QC and audit team leader Tina Kaminski to help lawyers comply with the Law Society’s anti-money laundering rules. The program includes information on money laundering, cash, client identification and verification, red flags and risk management. The program is eligible for two hours of CPD credit.

Watch the webinar here.


Trust Accounting Basics

The Law Society of BC is offering a free two-hour program provided by audit team leader Krista Adamek and trust auditor David Cho. The program covers the basics of trust accounting and includes information on opening and operating a trust account, seven key concepts in trust accounting, dealing with trust shortages and inactive trust balances and understanding and preparing trust reconciliations. The program is eligible for two hours of CPD credit. 

Watch the webinar here.

The following two attachments will be discussed during the program.


Trust Accounting Regulatory Requirements

The Law Society of BC is offering a free one-hour program provided by senior auditors Angela Porco and Justin Wright. The program covers reporting requirements to the Executive Director of the Law Society, the compliance audit process and common exceptions identified during a compliance audit. The program is eligible for one hour of CPD credit.

Watch the webinar here.


Anti-Money Laundering – Client Identification and Verification Rules

In this CLE-TV program, Law Society practice advisor Barbara Buchanan, QC discusses the amendments to the client identification and verification rules which came into effect on January 1, 2020. The webinar is eligible for one hour of CPD credit.

Watch the webinar here.


Mental Health, Substance Use and an End to Suffering in Silence - Podcast

Brook Greenberg, Bencher and Chair of the Mental Health Task Force, discusses the need to talk more openly about mental health and substance use so people don’t have to suffer in silence. Topics covered include:

  1. Stigmatization of mental health and substance use
  2. Mental health and substance use in law schools
  3. Frequency and types of mental health and substance use issues in the legal profession
  4. Comparative reflections on mental health and substance use in among different professions
  5. Mental health, substance use and applications for admission to legal practice
  6. Characteristics among lawyers and law practice that increase risk
  7. Regulator steps to address mental health and substance use issues
  8. Tips for lawyers, firms and regulators to address mental health and substance use issues

This podcast is eligible for 2 hours of CPD credits. Listen here.


The following CPD programs were developed by the Law Society and may be accessed through the Member Portal.

The Rule of Law and Social Justice (recording) - (1.00 Credits) 
Law Society of British Columbia
Delivery Type: Archived webcast/podcast
Course Category: Administrative (including labour, immigration, regulatory bodies)

Practice Management Course (6.00 Credits) 
Law Society of British Columbia
Delivery Type: On-line course with testing
Course Category: Practice management

Communication Toolkit (2.00 Credits) 
Law Society of British Columbia
Delivery Type: On-line course with testing
Course Category: Practice management

Legal Research Essentials: Finding Cases on Point (1.00 Credits)
Law Society of British Columbia
Delivery Type: On-line course with testing
Course Category: Lawyering skills


 

The Continuing Legal Education Society of BC is offering a number of webinars and rebroadcasts at a reduced rate. Further information may be found on CLEBC’s Covid-19 Webinars and Rebroadcasts web page.

The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, also offers a range of professional development webinars, several of which are complimentary for CBABC members and at low cost to non-members. More information on CBABC’s webinars may be found here.

The Trial Lawyers Association BC is offering its TLABC Support Series, a complimentary benefit for TLABC members. Archives are available to non-members through the TLABC Marketplace. Topics focus the use of technology while practising law remotely during the pandemic.