Declare your 2012 CPD Plan before or on March 15, 2012
You will need to declare to the Law Society before or on March 15, 2012 that you have made a 2012 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Plan.
Please note that March 15th is also the deadline for Fees and the Member Information Update Form.
Your 2012 CPD Plan declaration can be made in one of two ways:
- Online at www.CPDAlberta.ca or
- On your Member Information Update Form which was mailed to you with your annual fee invoice.
Evaluation of your 2011 CPD Plan and activities
A key component of professional development planning is the evaluation of the continuing professional development activities undertaken from last year’s plan. This evaluation should include:
- What activities were implemented pursuant to your 2011 CPD Plan?
- How did this activity improve your competence in the delivery of legal services?
- How much time was spent on these CPD activities in 2011?
- What will be carried forward to the 2012 CPD Plan?
Online Tools & Resources
Online tools and CPD resources for the development and declaration of a CPD Plan are available at the CPD Alberta website at www.CPDAlberta.ca.
Maintain Records of Your Plans
The CPD Rule 67.2 indicates that, in addition to making and declaring a CPD plan, lawyers must maintain a record of the plan for five years from the date of declaration and produce a copy of the record of the plan to the Law Society upon request.
Your CPD Plan may be requested in the event of proceedings under Legal Profession Act (such as in conduct, practice review or other regulatory processes of the Law Society).
In the event you are asked to produce your CPD Plan, you will be asked to explain the steps you have implemented pursuant to your CPD Plan.
For example, the Practice Review department is currently requesting those lawyers who have been referred to Practice Review to provide their CPD Plans for the past two years including the aspects of their CPD Plan they have implemented.
Plans Demonstrate Best Practices in the Profession
The best practices involved in creating a CPD plan demonstrates to the public that Alberta lawyers strive for excellence in their practice of law. To this end, the Rules and Code of Conduct require every active lawyer to:
- Annually prepare and make a record of a CPD plan in writing or electronic form;
- On or before March 15 of each year, make a declaration to the Law Society that their annual CPD plan has been made; and
- Retain the written or electronic record of the CPD plan for 5 years and produce the CPD plan to the Law Society upon request.
For more information on the CPD program, please visit www.lawsociety.ab.ca or contact the Law Society of Alberta by email at CPD@lawsociety.ab.ca or by phone 403-229-4766