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.

NEW - Continuing Legal Education Society of BC - Free CPD Opportunities

Free lawyer wellness webinars
The Continuing Legal Education Society of BC is offering eight complimentary lawyer-wellness webinars during their Last Kick at the Can series from December 8 – 17, 2020. Courses include: Dealing with Vicarious Trauma in Your Practice, Managing Anxiety in a Time of Uncertainty and Coping with Change and Unexpected Losses During COVID-19. Visit the links for more details and registration info.

NEW - Courthouse Libraries BC - Free CPD Opportunities

Civility in the Criminal Bar: 2nd Annual Lunch & Learn

Dec 2, 2020 from 1 - 3pm (PT)

Register here.

This year the 2nd Annual Civility Lunch for federal and provincial Crown Counsel and criminal defence counsel is going virtual and will be hosted by the Courthouse Libraries BC.

This 2-hour webinar will start with a presentation on civility by the Honourable Judge Sutherland of the BCPC. This will be followed by a perspective from Bencher Pinder Cheema, QC and life Bencher Phil Riddell, QC.

To bring a 'real life' practical perspective to this learning session, we will have a discussion of criminal file civility scenarios led by Madam Justice Duncan of the BCSC, defence counsel Kasandra Cronin, QC, PPSC Crown Alexandra Rice, and BCPS Crown (TBA).

Participants in this webinar can claim up to 2 hours of CPD credit, including 2 hours of ethics credit.

Interrupting Bias:  How Systemic Racism, Discrimination and Distorted Thinking Lead to Wrongful Convictions

Dec 10, 2020 from 12:30 - 2pm (PT)

Registration here.

The Federal/Provincial/Territorial Heads of Prosecutions Subcommittee on the Prevention of Wrongful Convictions, in conjunction with Courthouse Libraries B.C., presents a 90-minute webinar examining the issues surrounding race, unconscious bias and wrongful convictions.

Presenters will be: Honourable Renee M. Pomerance, Superior Court of Ontario, Amanda Carling, Manager of Indigenous Initiatives at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, and Joshua Sealy-Harrington, doctoral candidate at Columbia Law School and lawyer at Power Law.

It will be moderated by Kathleen Roussel, Canada's Director of Public Prosecutions. A Q&A will follow the presentations.

This webinar will be of interest to all those concerned about criminal justice issues. Simultaneous translation in French will be available. 

Participants in this webinar can claim up to 1.5 hours of CPD credit with the Law Society of BC, including 1.5 hours of Practice Management credit. 


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) Jan 01 - Dec 31, 2020
Law Society of British Columbia
Delivery Type: Archived webcast/podcast
Course Category: Administrative (including labour, immigration, regulatory bodies)

Practice Management Course 2020 - (6.00 Credits) Jan 01 - Dec 31, 2020
Law Society of British Columbia
Delivery Type: On-line course with testing
Course Category: Practice management

Communication Toolkit 2020 (2.00 Credits)  Jan 01 - Dec 31, 2020
Law Society of British Columbia
Delivery Type: On-line course with testing
Course Category: Practice management

Legal Research Essentials: Finding Cases on Point 2020 (1.00 Credits)  Jan 01 - Dec 31, 2020
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.