If you’re keen on law blogging, the way we are here at Slaw, you’ll be pleased to note that the recent changes to the Law Society of Upper Canada’s requirements for continuing professional development make it clear that bloggers can get CPD credit. This might give a little boost to those who might otherwise hesitate on the threshold.
The relevant change to the rules states:
2. Writing and editing for firm publications are now eligible activities
Writing and editing for firm or other in-house publications are now eligible CPD activities, to a maximum of 6 Hours annually. Previously, only writing and editing of materials for third-party publication or course materials were eligible. Writing for personal use, such as blogging, remains ineligible for CPD Hours.
LSUC’s curious use of the word “blogging” probably shows they don’t quite get it: they’re still stuck back a decade or more, when “blogging” was synonymous with personal journaling. But just to be sure, I double checked with LSUC’s coordinator of CPD Accreditation both about “blogging” as currently understood (and about blogging on Slaw. She assured me that:
Provided the purpose of the blog is not to advertise the lawyer or paralegal’s services, then yes – publishing a blog post is an eligible activity for purposes of the CPD Requirement.
[hat tip: Slaw columnist Mark Hunter]