Filing a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) plan is not mandatory in 2020 and 2021. This means lawyers will not be administratively suspended for not filing a plan for these years.
Although the filing requirement is temporarily lifted, lawyers are still encouraged to develop and submit an annual CPD Plan. Taking the time out to schedule professional development activities benefits you, your law firm or organization and your clients.
You can access the CPD Planning Tool on the Lawyer Portal to develop and submit your 2020 CPD Plan until September 30, 2020.
All Alberta lawyers must remain committed to professional development activities that are of-interest or where there may be room for growth. The Law Society Code of Conduct, Chapter 3, imposes an ethical responsibility on lawyers to be competent in all legal services undertaken on a client’s behalf. It remains the responsibility of every Alberta lawyer to maintain their own competence and self-assess areas for improvement.