The Advisory: Volume 9, Issue 3, December 2011

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Learning Modules on Code One of Many CPD Plan Opportunities

By Susan V.R. Billington, QC, Policy and Program Counsel, Law Society of Alberta

Evaluate your 2011 CPD goals

As we near year end, now is a good time to make sure that you are on track with your 2011 CPD Plan.

Start by reviewing your professional development goals and evaluating the steps you have taken so far in the implementation of your 2011 CPD Plan.

What have you accomplished? What more needs to be done? Most importantly, how have your CPD activities in 2011 enhanced your competence as a lawyer and improved the legal services you provide?

If you made and declared your 2011 CPD Plan on-line, you can revisit the CPDAlberta website at and review your 2011 CPD Plan and up-date your CPD profile.

Are you are particularly proud of your 2011 CPD Plan? If so, we invite you to volunteer to provide us your 2011 CPD plan via email to This will allow us to begin to build a library of CPD Plans and activities in which lawyers across Alberta are engaging as part of their continuing professional development.

About Your 2012 Plan Declaration

For 2012, your mandatory CPD Plan Declaration can be made starting on January 1 and before March 15, 2012.

Now is a good time to start thinking about your professional development plans for 2012. One activity which all practising lawyers should be undertaking in 2012 is to familiarize themselves with Alberta’s new Code of Conduct which is now in effect as of November 1, 2011.

On-line training modules are now available. If you have questions about the new Code provisions or want a presentation at your law firm, contact the Practice Advisors Office.

Online Learning Modules Now Available on the Code

The Law Society and Legal Education Society of Alberta have collaborated to prepare new online learning modules on the Code. This course is intended to assist lawyers in transitioning to the new professional responsibility rules. On completion, lawyers should have an understanding of the rules and structure of the new Code of Conduct.

If you already have access to the LESA online classroom for Trust Accounting courses, you are already enrolled, and you can you use the same login procedures to take the Code of Conduct course. Access the online learning modules by going to

Contact Details

Any questions about the CPD Program can be directed to or by phone at 403-229-4766.

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