eLearning & Toolkits

  • Advocacy Toolkit (2 week access)

    The Advocacy Toolkit contains a series of video demonstrations of oral advocacy skills. It acts as a practical instruction and a refresher to lawyers of all ages and experience levels who have limited recent experience in court or before administrative bodies. The toolkit follows a single fact pattern from theory of the case to closing argument. It includes segments on:

    • Developing a theory of the case
    • Opening submissions
    • Chambers applications
    • Examination for discovery
    ...

  • Email: Preventing a Mailstrom

    Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 1 hour of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management. Description: Email has been at the centre of a spate of reports to the Lawyers Insurance Fund. In this course, you will hear the ways that email has triggered a report to LIF, with examples from the cases. You will hear what went wrong and how it could have been avoided. Margrett George and Jonathan Corbett will share practical risk management advice that you will be able to incorporate into your practice right away. Presenters: Margrett George — La ...

  • The Bad Cheque Scam

    Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 1 hour of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management. Description: In the bad cheque scam, fraudsters want to steal funds out of a lawyer’s trust account. Instead of robbing a bank, they use different tricks to try and dupe a lawyer into depositing a fake certified cheque into trust and then pay good funds out of trust, leaving the lawyer’s trust account short, overdrawn, or both. By taking this course you will learn about the different ruses scamsters use, steps you can take to protect yourself, and the ...

  • Procrastination

    Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 1 hour of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management. Description: Are your days filled with urgent deadlines and competing client demands? Do you find it almost impossible to set aside time for important projects before they become smoking hot fires on your desk? Do you find it hard to get to the least interesting items on your to-do-list?One of the most common challenges faced by lawyers is procrastination. With so many competing priorities it is all too easy to get caught up in a cycle of just-in-time wo ...

  • Understanding and Overcoming Perfectionism

    Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 1 hour of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management. Description: Following up on the popular CLE-TV program on Procrastination, Allison Wolf and Derek LaCroix will explore the ways that perfectionism can sabotage you. Presenters: Allison Wolf - Certified Executive Coach, Shift Works Strategic Inc., Vancouver Derek C. LaCroix, QC - Executive Director, Lawyers Assistance program, Vancouver Original course date: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 This is a self-study module using video clips from the original cou ...

  • Accidental Waiver of Privilege

    Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 1 hour of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management. Description: This eLearning module uses a CLE-TV course. The course focuses on issues related to waiver of legal advice privilege and litigation privilege. The presentation will focus on how accidental waiver can occur in practice and specific topics covered will include the following: • Waiver by disclosure of information. • Waiver by pleadings. • Waiver by swearing of affidavits. • Waiver due to disputes between lawyer and client (including a ...

  • Implied Undertakings

    Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 1 hour of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management. Description: Implied Undertakings: What are they? When are they used? How to avoid problems. Presenters: Jo Ann Carmichael, QC - Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP, Vancouver Michael Dew - Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver Original course date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 This is a self-study module using video clips from the original course combined with quiz questions. Watch the videos and answer the questions at your own pace, including if ...

  • Cashing in Your Chips "Selling (or Purchasing) a Practice"

    Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 0.75 hours of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management. Description: There are steps you can take years before your retirement date to create commercial goodwill in your practice so that when you’re done, the financial rewards are not. Join Georgialee Lang and Vince Connors as they explore the practice management and ethical advice you need to consider if you want to sell or purchase a practice. Presenters: Vince M.E. Connors - Dahl & Connors, Vancouver Georgialee Lang - Attorney & Arbitrator, Vancou ...

  • Understanding Undertakings

    Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 1 hour of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management. What you will learn: Forms of undertakings. Whose undertaking is it? Who can relieve you of it? Whose responsibility is it to discharge the undertaking if you leave the firm and the file stays behind? Can an undertaking be imposed on you? Considerations when giving or accepting an undertaking. When the undertaking goes wrong; possible consequences and dealing with the Law Society. Presenters: Thelma O'Grady - Professional Development Manager, Bu ...

  • Trust Accounting – Proper Practice and Pitfalls

    Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 1.5 hour of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management. Description: This course highlights the Law Society’s Division 7 Rules on Trust Accounts and Other Client Property. It discusses trust accounting basics, such as, how to receive funds into trust, how to withdraw them and how to appropriately handle cash transactions. As well, some topical issues such as cheque imaging, electronic records, and trust accounting best practices will be discussed. Presenters: Felicia Ciolfitto - Manager, Trust Regulat ...

  • Corporate Records I: Resolutions & Minutes

    Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 1.5 hours. This course will NOT involve aspects of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management. Resolution & Minutes: What are corporate resolutions and minutes? This course will take you through the different kinds of documents kept in a Minute Book, when you need them, and key drafting considerations and tips. This course will be of interest to Corporate Services Paralegals & Legal Support Staff, Articling Students, and Lawyers with 1-2 years experience looking for a refresher on Corporate Records This ...

  • Financial Modeling - Another Tool for Settling Family Cases

    Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 1 hour. This course will NOT involve aspects of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management. Description: Certified Financial Planner professionals regularly use modeling to illustrate retirement income levels for their clients. This financial modeling is an invaluable tool when done by CFP professionals with divorce financial planning expertise. It gives clients a quick and easy way to see the effects of a wide range of options. Financial Modeling allows lawyers and mediators to help clients understand the im ...

  • Screening for Family Violence

    Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 1.5 hours of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management. Screening for Family Violence: •Basic tools for screening •How to ask the difficult questions •What to do if violence is disclosed •Conducting a case with family violence Presenters: Carol W. Hickman, QC - Quay Law Centre, New Westminster Jeffrey A, Rose, QC - Mortimer & Rose, Vancouver Course created October, 2014 This is a self-study module using video clips from the original course combined with quiz questions. Watch the videos ...

  • Corporate Records II: Minute Book Due Diligence

    Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 1.5 hours. This course will NOT involve aspects of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management. Minute Book Due Diligence: Learn why you should review a minute book, what documents it contains and where to find them, and what documents you should check and why. Work through a sample minute book and learn how to find errors, to cross-check errors with other documentation, and deal with the consequences and effects of mistakes and risk assumption. This is the 2nd of a 4-part series on Corporate Records. Other ...

  • Corporate Records III: Correcting and Rectifying Minute Book Errors

    Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 1.5 hours. This course will NOT involve aspects of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management. What kinds of errors can you correct in a Minute Book? How do you correct them and when do you need a court order to make the corrections? Work through a sample Minute Book and learn best practices from the experts. This is the 3rd of a 4-part series on Corporate Records. Other sessions are: I. Resolutions and Minutes II. Minute Book Due Diligence IV. Searching for Useful Information on Corporate Entities ...

  • Advocacy Toolkit (Annual Access)

    The Advocacy Toolkit contains a series of video demonstrations of oral advocacy skills. It acts as a practical instruction and a refresher to lawyers of all ages and experience levels who have limited recent experience in court or before administrative bodies. The toolkit follows a single fact pattern from theory of the case to closing argument. It includes segments on:

    • Developing a theory of the case
    • Opening submissions
    • Chambers applications
    • Examination for discovery
    ...

  • Working with the Self-Represented Litigant - Strategies and Advice

    Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 1 hour of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management. Working with the Self-Represented Litigant - Strategies and Advice: Despite recent steps to stream-line the civil litigation process, the cost of retaining a lawyer, particularly in a complicated case, remains outside of the means of most people. Not surprisingly, there appears to be an increase in the number of self-represented litigants trying to access justice through the courts. Most lawyers find it difficult enough to navigate through the civil litigat ...

  • Your Client has Dementia - Now What?

    Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 1 hour of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management. Your Client Has Dementia - Now What? As the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias increase, lawyers will increasingly be faced with clients who have dementia, or whose capacity becomes diminished over time. This raises many practice issues. Do you know the signs of dementia? Are you aware that instructions can be taken for some things and not others when a client has diminished capacity? Did you know that making accommodati ...

  • Clients Who Are Influenced, Controlled or Abused

    Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 1.5 hours of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management. Clients Who Are Influenced, Controlled or Abused: Initial client contact can reveal subtle information about clients. The presence of influence, control or abuse, could change how the file should be handled. Do you know how to recognize the sometimes subtle signs of these potential problems? Does your firm have a consistent approach for communication with the client and with staff? Early identification of these problems could save time and effort. Exper ...

  • Respectful Workplace Behaviour

    This complimentary course examines behaviour in the workplace using video scenarios and asking you to think about the appropriateness of the behaviour. Viewing the scenarios and answering the questions should help to: • Spark discussion of appropriate behaviour in the workplace. • Identify some of the factors that contribute to a behaviour being inappropriate. • Refine your view of what makes a particular behaviour appropriate or inappropriate. For group work, the included discussion guide will help to facilitate a deeper discussion of the issues. The course will take approximatel ...