Great news for all you lawyers out there! The CCLA Library’s Quicklaw and Westlaw training sessions are now accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada for Continuing Professional Development (CPD)! This means that you can attend the library’s free training sessions on these powerful legal databases and apply them towards 9 of your 12 hours of annual CPD. Training sessions usually take place on or around the lunch hour in the library and are about an hour long. Each hour of training will equal one hour of CPD!
Free Quicklaw and Westlaw training sessions are planned for the following dates and times this fall. If you are interested in registering, please send me a quick email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Provided there is enough space, walk-ins are also always welcome.
Westlaw Tools, Wednesday, August 31st, 1:00 to 2:00 PM
Skip the keyword search. Learn how to use the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest, Canadian Abridgment, and KeyCite features to very quickly narrow and find the most relevant case law, legislation, and commentary that you need. Westlaw basics will also be reviewed.
Quicklaw Tools, Wednesday, September 7th, 1:00 to 2:00 PM
Let them narrow the search results for you. Learn how to use Quicklaw’s Canada Digest, Canada Quantums, and Quickcite features to search within the most relevant case law, legislation, and commentary, instead of starting from scratch. Quicklaw basics will also be reviewed.
The CCLA Library is happy to add more dates this summer if there is interest, and we suspect that there will be now that the sessions have CPD accreditation. If you are interested in seeing more sessions this summer, send me a quick email and let me know. If there is enough interest, we’ll certainly add more dates before the fall.
For more information on CPD requirements, where to acquire CPD, and how to report it, check out the CCLA Website’s CPD Information page. Please note that the above training sessions may only be applied to the 9 Substantive Hours, which may address substantive or procedural law topics or related skills. They cannot be applied to the 3 Professionalism Hours, which must be on topics related to professional responsibility, ethics or practice management, or to the New Member requirement.