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Friday, June 01, 2012

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Evaluation of CPD Program Underway
Court of Appeal 2013 Sitting Dates Now Set

Evaluation of CPD Program Underway

The Law Society’s self-directed learning CPD Program has now been in effect for four years. This CPD program is a made-in-Alberta solution and although this approach is prevalent in other professions, it is a unique approach in the Canadian legal profession.

Evaluations Provide Feedback for Improvements

After its first year in 2009, the Law Society engaged Charis Management Consulting Inc. to carry out a formative evaluation of the CPD program.

The 2009 results indicated that the CPD program has been implemented as intended, attained several key accomplishments, and achieved several successes. The 2009 results also recommended the need for an impact evaluation.

The 2012 Impact Evaluation – Please have your Say

The 2012 impact evaluation of the CPD program will again be conducted by Charis Management Consulting Inc and will include several methodologies. The Continuing Professional Development program is an important regulatory requirement of the Law Society and we value your input. There are two ways for you to participate:

  1. Share your CPD Plan - Lawyers are invited to share their CPD Plans with Charis Management. The review of lawyer CPD Plans will lead to a better understanding of the range of CPD activities and methods undertaken by lawyers in Alberta.  Your CPD Plan can be shared by emailing it to Charis Management at
  2. Online Lawyer Survey – All Alberta lawyers will have the opportunity to provide their feedback on the CPD Program by participating in a short online survey (10-15 minutes in length) to be launched Monday, June 4th which will be administered by Charis. The survey is anonymous, and the results will be gathered and analyzed by Charis.

Results of the CPD Program evaluation will be communicated to lawyers once all of the methodologies are complete in the fall of 2012.

Please watch for next week’s EBulletin for the link to the CPD Evaluation survey.  Thank you.


Court of Appeal 2013 Sitting Dates Now Set

Sittings of the Court of Appeal of Alberta in Edmonton and Calgary for 2013 have been established. All sittings open at 10:00 am unless otherwise directed. A copy of the Consolidated Practice Directions and Practice Notes can be found on the Alberta Courts’ website at:

Certain precedents, checklists and forms can also be found at the Alberta Court’s website.  As these documents have been revised from time to time, please refer to the website for the most recent version.


Law Society of Alberta

Background to the CPD Program:

The Law Society of Alberta's Continuing Professional Development program is a regulatory program of the Law Society and a mandatory requirement for all active lawyers in Alberta.

  • Goal: To enhance lawyer competence and to be accountable to the public for the ongoing professional development and competence of lawyers.
  • Aim: To ensure that each lawyer in Alberta strives for excellence in their practice through the mandatory annual planning and implementation of an effective CPD plan.
  • Fundamental principles
    Adults learn best when their learning is self-directed.
    Lawyers are the best judges of their own professional development needs.


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