Working group seeks opportunities for delivering lawyer support services and advice
by Timothy E. McGee
In fulfilling its mandate to uphold and protect the public interest in the administration of justice, the Law Society provides support and assistance to the profession in a number of areas to assist lawyers in meeting their professional obligations to their clients, the courts and other lawyers.
Since last year, a working group has been addressing the strengths and opportunities of our current model for delivering lawyer support and assistance (see article below). The goal is to determine which Law Society services are most useful to lawyers, who can best deliver them and how they are best delivered.
We will conduct a random telephone survey of lawyers to better understand what services you expect from the Law Society and your perceptions on how those services are currently or should be provided. By September, it is expected the working group will have finalized its recommendations to the Benchers.
As always, your input is welcome. If you have any thoughts or suggestions on how the Law Society could improve its lawyer support and assistance programs and services, please let me know.
Another important way the Law Society ensures the profession is serving the public well is the Continuing Professional Development Program. Lawyers have increasingly embraced this program; at the end of 2012, 97 per cent of lawyers had fully satisfied the 12 credit hours required, up from 95 per cent at the end of 2011.
In January, the Law Society went a step further and provided a free, two-part course eligible for continuing professional development credit. In cooperation with the Continuing Legal Education Society (CLE), two webinars were broadcast on the new Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia, known as the BC Code. It is estimated that the programs reached over 7,000 viewers, a record participation for any CLE course. This is a great milestone, particularly given the importance of the topic. The webinars are now available for further viewing, and credit for those who missed it.
To learn more or provide your input about these or any other the Law Society’s initiatives, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.