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Monday, March 10, 2014

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In this issue:
CPD Countdown - Deadline March 17, 2014
Continuing Competence Strategy Focus: the Delivery of Quality Legal Services

CPD Countdown - Deadline March 17, 2014

What’s New? All 2014 CPD Plan Declarations must be made online at www.CPDAlberta.ca.

Thank you to all of those who have already declared their 2014 CPD Plan online. For those who have yet to make their 2014 CPD Plan declaration, the March 17, 2014 deadline is quickly approaching.

This year, as part of the Law Society’s transition to online transactions, the CPD Plan Declaration option is no longer available in paper form on the Member Information Update Form. As an active lawyer, you must make your 2014 CPD Plan Declaration online at www.CPDAlberta.ca. The CPD Alberta website will assist you to comply with the Rules to:

  • Evaluate your 2013 CPD Plan
  • Identify your professional development goals
  • Prepare your 2014 CPD Plan
  • Declare your 2014 CPD Plan

Remember: Retain a copy of your CPD Plan for five years. The CPD Alberta website is not an archive for your CPD Plans. To comply with Rule 67.2, it is your responsibility to maintain a separate copy of your 2014 CPD Plan in written or electronic format in the event that the Law Society makes a request for a copy of your CPD Plan.

For more information on the CPD Program visit the Law Society website or contact the Continuing Professional Development Department at 403-229-4766; or by email cpd@lawsociety.ab.ca.

Program Background

The Law Society of Alberta’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program is a mandatory requirement for all active lawyers in Alberta.

The goal of the CPD Program is to enhance lawyer competence and demonstrate to the public that the Law Society is accountable and has programs for the ongoing professional development and competence of lawyers. The CPD Program is a key aspect of the Law Society’s competence strategy.

Although there is no minimum hour requirement, the annual planning, evaluation, declaration and implementation of a CPD Plan is a mandatory requirement for all active lawyers practicing in Alberta.

Every lawyer has a duty of competence pursuant to Chapter 2 of the Code of Conduct. To further the goals of enhanced lawyer competence in the delivery of legal services, the Rules of the Law Society require every active lawyer to:

  • Prepare and make a record of a CPD Plan in written or electronic form
  • Declare their CPD Plan on or before March 15 (March 17 in 2014) in a form acceptable to the Executive Director
  • Retain the written or electronic record of the CPD Plan for five years and produce the CPD Plan to the Law Society upon request.

 

Did You Know?

The compliance rate for the Law Society of Alberta CPD Program is 99.2%.

In 2013, two-thirds of Alberta lawyers made their 2013 CPD Plan Declaration online.

 

Continuing Competence Strategy Focus: the Delivery of Quality Legal Services

In accordance with the mission and vision of the Law Society’s Strategic Plan, the Benchers adopted the following objectives for the Law Society of Alberta’s integrated competence strategy:

  • demonstrate to the public, government, the profession and other stakeholders that the Law Society is dedicated to maintaining public trust and access to justice in ensuring the competent delivery of quality legal services to the public (outcomes focused);
  • articulate the criteria of quality legal service delivery (continuing competence/quality standards framework);
  • proactively enhance and support lawyers in the quality delivery of legal services to the public (rather than the passive approach of waiting until signs of incompetence are demonstrated through complaints and insurance claims);
  • integrate the existing Law Society competence initiatives into a comprehensive proactive program to ensure the competent delivery of quality legal services by lawyers to the public.

To meet these objectives and in completion of its mandate, the Continuing Competence Committee provided a report to the Benchers in February 2014.

The report provided direction to the Law Society administration to further examine and recommend to the Benchers a proactive strategy to ensure that lawyers are demonstrating their competence and providing quality legal services to the public throughout their career. This approach will be consistent with the Strategic Plan to transform the regulatory focus of the Law Society to help lawyers create better client outcomes through the delivery of quality legal services to the public.

 

Online CPD Tools

Do you need help in preparing and declaring your online CPD Plan?

Go to www.CPDAlberta.ca and click on the “Need Help?” tab at the top of the home page. There you will see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for using the online tools on the CPD Alberta website and a general set of FAQs for information on the CPD Program. Our online video guides are also available to guide you through the steps to prepare and declare your 2014 CPD Plan.

We have identified some common issues below:

How do I get started?

You can both prepare and declare a CPD Plan by using the CPD planning tools on the CPD website. Click on “Create a new CPD account” (new users) or “Log into your existing CPD account” (existing users) to get started.

View the "new user" or "existing user" video tutorials.

I have my own CPD Plan - how do I declare?

If you are completing your own written CPD Plan, you must still complete your CPD Plan Declaration online at www.CPDAlberta.ca. On the homepage click “I Have a Plan and Wish to Declare” and follow the instructions. This is a simple process and should take two minutes to complete.

View "using your own CPD Plan template" video tutorial.

What do I do if I have forgotten my password?

Please use the password retrieval function on the CPD Alberta website. Start on the home page (www.CPDAlberta.ca) and click on “Login to your Existing CPD Account". Enter the email address used when creating your CPD Account and then select “I’ve Forgotten my Password”. Follow the instructions to reset your password.

View our "login issues" video tutorial.

What do I do if the CPD Alberta website does not recognize my email address?

If you moved or changed your email address in the past year, you may have forgotten to update your CPD account. If you enter the wrong email address, you will encounter an error message. To update your CPD email to reflect your current one, you must first login to the CPD site using your old email address, then change your account information to your current email address.

NOTE: It is important to update your e-mail address before making your CPD Plan Declaration as your confirmation emails will be sent to the email on your CPD Profile account.

View our "login issues" video tutorial.

Do you still need answers to your questions?

We are happy to help. For additional information please visit the CPD section on the Law Society website or contact the Continuing Professional Development Department at 403-229-4766; or via email at cpd@lawsociety.ab.ca.

 

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