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.


Indigenous Courts: A Cross-Jurisdictional Comparison – May 28, 2020 from 4:30-6:30pm PDT

This 2-hour panel discussion, organized by the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law and Courthouse Libraries BC, will compare and contrast the work of Indigenous Courts in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Justice Chamberlain of the Ontario Court of Justice will share a perspective on the Gladue Court in Toronto, Magistrate Previtera of the Magistrates Court of Queensland will share a perspective on the Murri Court, and Judge Davis of the District Court of New Zealand will share a perspective on Maori Court. These presentations will be followed by a discussion moderated by Prof. Cunliffe of Allard School of Law on the potential future of Indigenous Courts in the respective jurisdictions.

Participants in this webinar can claim up to 2 hours of CPD with the Law Society. There is no cost to attend this webinar.

Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/2715892342537/WN_36Xzz-LsSMiF10brWOoQuw


Ethics in Criminal Practice Part 2 – June 2, 2020 from 4:30-6:30pm PDT

This will be a follow-up session to the webinar on Ethics that was broadcast on April 23, 2020. The panel will be back, which includes Judge Sutherland of the BC Provincial Court, David Layton, QC of the Ministry of Attorney General BC Prosecution Service and Michael Klein, QC of Michael Klein Law Corporation.

The panellists will be delving into some of the topics they weren't able to get to in Part 1, such as the relationship between Crown counsel and police.

This free webinar is organized by the Criminal Defense Advocacy Society and Courthouse Libraries BC. Participants in this webinar can claim up to 2 hours of CPD with the Law Society, including 2 hours of ethics and practice management credit. If you missed Part 1, you can find the recording here: https://vimeo.com/411268926

Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/8015892340656/WN_4gGCj1dLRRKmdhqLAjSoxw


The Art of a Deft Direct – June 18, 2020 from 4:30-6:30pm PDT

This 2-hour webinar, organized by the Criminal Defence Advocacy Society and Courthouse Libraries BC, is on preparing and conducting an effective direct examination. While there will be an emphasis on criminal practice, all trial lawyers looking to improve their direct-examination skills are welcome to attend. Presenters for this session will be Judge Lopes of the BC Provincial Court, Karima Andani, QC of the BC Prosecution Service, and Kevin Westell of Pender Litigation.

Topics covered in this session will include when to use and not use leading questions, tips for planning out a direct examination and how to execute an effective direct examination.

Participants in this webinar may claim up to 2 hours of CPD with the Law Society.

Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1715904376658/WN_57hBEDBZQAiDMjVFQ6iHFA


Métis Legal Issues – June 23, 2020 from 4:30-6:30pm PDT

This 2-hour webinar will explore some of the history of Métis people in Canada and legal issues specific to Métis people. The panel will include Justice Ducharme of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Jean Teillet, Senior Counsel with Pape Salter Teillet LLP, and Patricia Barkaskas, Academic Director of the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic.

The panellists will cover a brief history of who the Métis people are, and how the Gladue principles and s. 718.2(e) of the Criminal Code apply to Métis people.

Participants in this webinar may claim up to 2 hours of CPD with the Law Society.

Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/5515904377815/WN_ixJgI93wTyC90wA_wxAALA


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.


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.


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, 2019
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.