By Melanie Hodges Neufeld
Did you know…
You can earn CPD Hours by participating in a study group!
Study groups offer a flexible and convenient way for lawyers to obtain CPD Hours. A study group involves a group of lawyers getting together to discuss content that meets the criteria set out in the CPD Policy. Study groups work best when the group is made up of 4-5 lawyers. One member of the group must act as the facilitator in each session to chair the meeting. The facilitator is also responsible for submitting a CPD Activity Application Form detailing the content, participants, meeting date and time in order for all group members to be able to self-report their hours. All study groups are accredited for actual time spent discussing the content. These hours may also qualify as Ethics Hours as set out in the CPD Policy.
CPD hours are NOT available for:
- Time spent reading materials whether before or after the study group session;
- Discussing file specific content.
The Continuing Professional Development Branch of the Law Society of Saskatchewan is pleased to present the following new Study Group Resource:
Professionalism Case Studies
A Professionalism Case Study is a description of an actual situation in which a lawyer is faced with a decision involving one or more ethical, professional responsibility or practice management issues. The Law Society of Upper Canada has developed a series of Professionalism Case Studies to be used as a basis for discussions by study groups and has permitted the Law Society of Saskatchewan to modify the cases for use in Saskatchewan. These cases have been updated with Saskatchewan content and resources and we are pleased to offer them to our members at no charge. Cases are listed by practice area on the CPD website in the Resources section.
Each case comes with a case-specific Facilitator’s Guide which will help guide the discussion and provides some resources to do so.
Don’t forget! Your group must submit a CPD application form detailing meeting name, date and time, participant names and content in order to be able to claim CPD Hours. You are able to claim the actual amount of time spent discussing the cases up to a maximum of (3.0) CPD Hours per group meeting. All Professionalism Case Studies also qualify as Ethics Hours!
For more details and to access to these cases and their resources visit the Law Society of Saskatchewan website Continuing Professional Development section.
For up-to-date information on educational programing and events visit the Continuing Professional Development website.