Continuing Professional Development – So Many Options!

Sometimes we hear members say “I just need to get my hours…” While there is a concrete requirement that is measured by hours, please don’t reduce professional development to “hours”.

The Mandatory Continuing Professional Development rules were put in place to provide a minimum requirement to assist you in making sure that you prioritize maintaining and enhancing your professional competence… reality is, we all work to “deadlines”. The real intention is for you to reflect on your competence and determine your professional development needs so you can then find meaningful resources to address your needs and goals. This is not about just “getting your hours”. Please don’t do that to yourself, that’s just wasting your time and energy!

Now, more than ever, you have a vast array of options to enhance your own professional development. Online resources abound and you can access them at virtually any time of day. This is excellent news as we know that the needs of individual lawyers vary a great deal and there is no one provider of CPD that can offer all things to all lawyers.

Here in Manitoba we are particularly fortunate to have a collaborative and collegial relationship amongst the various arms of the legal profession. Each arm contributes to and offers educational opportunities and we highly recommend that you take a look around to ensure you are taking advantage of the most relevant CPD for you and your practice.

Here are a few places for you to look for high quality CPD:

The Law Society of Manitoba also offers CPD Programs, both live and on demand.

As always, if you have any questions about CPD or the requirements you may contact us at: cpd@lawsociety.mb.ca or mcpd@lawsociety.mb.ca.

MCPD Requirements – Online CPD Options

Have you met your 2021 MCPD requirements? If you are short hours, you can still catch up by visiting our website at CPD on Demand to access a variety of options (including a number of free recordings) that are available through CPDonline and Member Only Resources. To learn more about the requirements, visit MCPD Requirements and Eligible Activities. If you have questions or special circumstances, please let us know at mcpd@lawsociety.mb.ca.

New and Updated Practice Area Fundamentals

If you are new to a practice area or if you simply want a refresher on the current law and practice in Manitoba, the Practice Area Fundamentals are a great place to start. With the help of volunteer lawyers with relevant practice experience we’ve been able to update the old Bar Admission (aka CPLED) materials in several practice areas.  These resources are available to anyone in the profession at no cost.

Check out the new chapters now posted in:

It is now easier than ever to register for CPD programs!

The Law Society has a new online registration process for all live CPD programs! No more forms to fill out – simply visit the CPD Programs page on the Education Centre and click on the session that you are interested in to begin.

Please register to attend a program using the online system regardless of how you wish to pay (credit card or cheque are both acceptable).

You may be interested to note… This system allows you to register for more than 1 program at a time while paying in one single transaction. You may also register multiple attendees for any particular program while paying in one single transaction.

Introducing New Practice Resources

We are excited to announce our newly relaunched Practice Resource Library. This comprehensive collection of resources is now conveniently available at the click of your mouse, free of charge. While designed to support all Manitoba lawyers in their practice, these resources have been developed with solo and small firm practitioners particularly in mind.

You will find substantive and procedural guidance, case law, precedents and forms with the ease of hyperlinked references in numerous topic areas grouped by 3 main categories:

  1. Practice Management
    These resources relate to running your practice and the business of a law firm. We know these can be challenging issues in solo and small firms. You will find helpful content on topics such as Planning for Absences and Contingencies, File Retention, Closing and Storage, Retainers, and Retirement-Winding up Your Practice. More content will be added regularly.
  2. Practice Area Fundamentals
    If you are new to a practice area or if you simply want a refresher on the current law and practice in Manitoba, the Practice Area Fundamentals are a great place to start. With the help of volunteer lawyers with relevant practice experience we’ve been able to update the old Bar Admission (aka CPLED) materials in many practice areas, including Criminal Law, Corporate and Commercial, and Real Estate.
  3. Professional Responsibilities
    As a lawyer you must remain aware and attuned to your professional responsibilities. As the legal landscape evolves so do our responsibilities. In this segment of the website you will find guidance on Trust Accounting, Anti-Money Laundering, Equity Issues , The Legal Profession and more!

Explore the Education Centre with new resources regularly added to assist you in your practice.