The Law Society of Alberta requires members to declare their intentions about continuing professional development each year. Each March members of the bar are required to think about and report on the activities they will undertake to maintain their competence. Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador are the only jurisdictions without a minimum hours requirement for CPD.
I was thinking about the requirements for lawyer CPD while chatting with my match from the Canadian Association of Law Libraries Mentoring Program. My mentee and I chat on the phone, engage in email correspondence and very occasionally meet in person. Every time we chat, even though I am technically the mentor, I learn something.
If I were a lawyer in Ontario, mentoring articling students or paralegal field placements counts for CPD hours.
Mentoring, for me and I hope for my partner, is a valuable activity that enhances my personal professional development. I see CBA matched lawyer mentors and mentees (outside of the articling student/principle relationship) touring through our Alberta offices. Our firm has a formal internal mentoring program as well.
My questions for Slawyers: Do you consider mentoring part of your continuing professional development?