For Law Firms/Offices

Workshops/Training

I draw from 10 years of experience in adult legal education and am available to design and deliver/facilitate workshops in response to the professional development needs of your lawyers.   This may include programs on ethics and professional responsibility with a focus on your practice areas, developing individual professional development plans, and diversity in the workplace.  Most workshops involve a dynamic combination of presentation, interactive activities, small group discussion and  debriefs.  This format will vary based on the learning styles of the participants.

Developed Workshops and Courses (Selected):

  • “Mapping Competencies in the Law School Curriculum” for NALP Annual Education Conference, Austin, Texas, 2012
  • “‘Self-paced learning’ and ‘Facilitated Learning’: two learner-centred approaches for teaching Ethics and Professionalism” for the Workshop on Adult Pedagogy and Teaching Ethics and Professionalism”, March, 2011
  • “Developing Effective Mentoring Relationships”   

This program has been accredited by the Law Society for one hour toward the annual Professionalism Requirement.
This program has been accredited by the Law Society for one hour toward the annual New Member Requirement

  • “Competencies, Law Offices and Law Schools: The Many Goals of Teaching” for NALP Canadian Section Annual Winter Meeting, November, 2010
  • “Ethics and Professionalism for Summer Law Students”, Summer, 2010, Bay Street Law Firms

Possible topics for future workshops include:

  • “Developing Individual Professional Development Plans for articling students and junior associates”
  • “Key Elements of an Effective Mentor Program with Tips on Including EPPM Content”
  • “‘Critical Incidents’ as a way to explore Ethics and Professional Responsibility”
  • “Supporting Diversity with your Continuing Legal Education program”

Adult Education: Design, Delivery and Support:

  • Assistance with developing learning objectives for continuing legal education programs
  • Mapping learning opportunities in your educational/training program
  • Work with lawyers at the firm to identify the topics that are relevant to your specific practice area(s).
  • Development of learning modules that can be delivered in-house in practice group meetings, or in the context of the mentor relationships.

Project Management

Mandatory Continuing Professional Development

In 2010, the Law Society of Upper Canada instituted a mandatory CPD requirement. Each lawyer is required to do 12 hours of CPD every year in order to maintain their good standing with the LSUC, with 25 percent of those hours focused on ethics, professional responsibility, or practice management (EPPM).  For the first two years after a lawyer is called, EPPM must be embedded in substantive legal training; two years after being called the hours of EPPM may be met in stand alone programmes.

LSUC Accreditation Process for Professionalism Content

I am available to design and deliver appropriate programmes to meet the LSUC Continuing Professional Develoment requirement.  My services/supports may include:

  • Work with lawyers at the firm to identify the professionalism topics that are relevant to your specific practice area(s).
  • Development of learning modules that can be delivered in-house in practice group meetings, or in the context of the mentor relationships.
  • Preparation and submission of the documentation for accreditation of your professionalism modules to the LSUC.
  • Ongoing support and assistance with delivery of programs.

For more information on mandatory CPD, click “LSUC CPD Requirement“.

If you are interested in any of these services, please contact me for a preliminary discussion.