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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) provides a means of measuring professional development and competence in the legal profession.  Its purpose is to maintain the public’s confidence in this self-governed profession, and to ensure the public is well served by a legal profession that is independent, responsible and responsive.

CPD is defined as the means by which members of professional associations maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge and skills and develop the personal qualities required in their professional lives.


LSNT CPD- Criminal Practice Management

LSNT Training Room
June 22, 2018 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Presented by Peter Harte

Lunch will be provided.
Please RSVP to

This CPD will present best practices related to:

1)    File organization - disclosure / correspondence / multiple sets of charges

2)    Show cause hearings - conduct / precedents / file transfer

3)    Circuit work - missing disclosure / file transfer / memos / timing / flags / guilty pleas

4)    Precedents – what do we have / what do we need?

5)    Electronic records – make it work / Law Society requirements

Collective Rights under the Constitution

CBA-NT Public Sector Lawyers Section
June 25, 2018 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Replay of CBA National Constitutional and Human Rights Law Section Webinar
Collective Rights Under Canada's Constitution

CBA-NT Members only, bring your own lunch please

This webinar will consider collective rights from both the solicitor and barrister perspectives. A panel of experienced practitioners will discuss how legal cases involving collective rights – such as aboriginal, linguistic or educational rights – differ from constitutional challenges based on individual rights. They will also explore the future implications of such cases on the constitutional structure of Canada. More details can be found here.

Please RSVP to Kelly McLaughlin at

CBA-NT Presents the Skilled Lawyer Series 2018

Skilled Lawyer Series – Drafting Effective Business Documents

12:00-1:30, Law Society Training Room

CBA Members Only 

Avoiding Ambiguity in Corporate and Commercial Documents
June 12, 2018

Drafting Critical Boilerplate Provisions
June 26, 2018

Drafting Pre-Contractual Agreements
July 10, 2018

Drafting Intellectual Property Licensing Agreements
July 24, 2018

Drafting Asset Purchase Agreements
August 7, 2018

Drafting Indemnity and Limitation of Liability Clauses
August 21, 2018

Avoiding Corporate Drafting Blunders
September 4, 2018

Drafting Arbitration Clauses
September 18, 2018


Indigenous Traditions: Understanding spiritual practices and approaches to dispute resolution

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, Human Rights Commission Boardroom

Karen Drake, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University; Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission


At the Breaking Point: The growing problem of workplace stress and burnout, and what to do about it

Thursday, July 12, 2018, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, Law Society Training Room

Colin Johnston, Arbitrator/Mediator


Reefer Reality: Experts discuss burning questions about legalized cannabis

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, Law Society Training Room

Jon Chapnick, Senior Advisor, Workplace Mental Health, University of British Columbia
Mihad Fahmy, Union Counsel


Members are required to complete a minimum of twelve (12) hours of CPD activity, including a minimum of two (2) hours focused on legal ethics or laws practice management, during each membership year (April 1st to March 31st).

Time accredited to your CPD must be:

  • relevant to a lawyer's professional needs,
  • pertinent to long-term career interests as a lawyer,
  • in the interests of the lawyer's employer, or
  • related to the professional ethics and responsibilities of lawyers.

The learning activities should combine substantive, technical and practical content.

The subject matter does not need to deal primarily with Northwest Territories or Canadian law. Credit is available for subject matter related to the law of other jurisdictions.

The following activities will not be approved:​

  • activity designed for or targeted primarily at clients;
  • pro bono activities whether for clients or other parties; and
  • activities repeated within the same calendar year.

Credit is available for the following activities:

  • Participation in courses
  • Participating in online “real time” courses, streaming video, web and/or teleconference courses, if there is an opportunity to ask and answer questions; or
  • Reviewing a previously recorded course with at least one other lawyer or a student at law, including by telephone or other real-time communications technology (this must be recorded as a study group, see below).
  • Law Society and Canadian Bar Association section meetings or educational programs
  • The actual time spent attending an educational program or section meeting, excluding any portion of the meeting that is not devoted to educational activities. 

Study groups

Where at least two lawyers or a lawyer and articling student are together for educational purposes (including reviewing a recorded program) at the same time (including by telephone or other real time communications technology);

Attendance at an editorial advisory board meeting for legal publications and on legal reform groups is included, provided it is not part of your regular employment;

No credit is available for work on individual client files.


Teaching a legal course or professional education course to an audience that includes as a principal component, the general public, lawyers, paralegals (who are employed or supervised by lawyers) and/or articling students but not targeted primarily at clients;

Credit is only available for the first time the teaching activity is performed in the reporting year;

Credit is available for volunteer or part-time teaching only, when it is not a regular feature of the lawyer’s employment.


Writing books or articles intended for publication and relating to the study or practice of law or to be included in course materials for any audience;

Actual time spent writing, to a maximum of six hours, can be claimed for any writing project;

Credit is available for volunteer or part-time writing only, and not for writing that is done as a part of the lawyer’s regular employment.


Members must complete a CPD Report & Plan as part of their annual membership renewal requirements. The plan portion contains a series of questions aimed at helping members identify their strengths and challenges and their plans for professional development. It also enables the Law Society to see what you and other members would benefit from most when planning future CPD activities and events.  The report portion is matched with your plan from the previous year to further aid the Law Society in identifying members’ needs.  It will serve as evidence of your achievements, your continuing competence and your desire to reach your full professional potential.


Failure to fulfill the Law Society's Mandatory CPD requirements will result in an automatic suspension.

EXTENSIONS:  Members who believe they are unable to fulfill the requirements before the March 31 deadline may request an time extension from the Executive.  Upon receipt of a CPD Report & Plan, a Request for Variance form, and the late completion fee of $250.00, the Executive may grant an extension of up to 90 days to complete CPD requirements for the reported year.  (Any outstanding CPD requirements are then in addition to the requirements for the following reporting year.)


For more information about Mandatory CPD, members are advised and encouraged to review the Rule 70 of the Rules of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories.