Would you like to hone your legal skills, learn new strategies and techniques, reduce your exposure to claims, and lower your 2014 insurance premiums? LAWPRO's Risk Management Credit program makes all this possible.
LAWPRO believes it is critical for its members to incorporate risk management strategies into their practices, and that the use of risk management tools and strategies will help reduce claims.
To encourage participation in CPD programs that include risk management content, LAWPRO will offer a $50 Premium Credit (to a maximum of $100) for each CPD qualifying program you complete by mid September. To qualify, you must complete the online Declaration on LAWPRO's website by September 15, 2013. The maximum $100 credit will be applied to your 2014 insurance premium. You are also eligible for the Risk Management Credit if you chair or speak at a qualifying program, provided you attend the entire session. The Risk Management Credit is applicable to Standard coverage, and cannot be applied to Run-off or Excess policy premiums.
LAWPRO is working closely with the Law Society, the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the County and District Law Presidents' Association (CDLPA), the County of Carleton Law Association and other local law associations, The Advocates' Society, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and other not-for-profit CPD providers to create programs that will qualify for the LAWPRO Risk Management Credit. CPD Programs offered internally by law firms (for firm lawyers and/or clients) may also qualify for the Credit, provided they meet all other eligibility requirements. To qualify for this credit, a course must include a risk management component and be submitted to LAWPRO for approval. Only programs submitted by CPD providers in advance for review by LAWPRO will be considered for approval. To qualify for this credit, a program must address areas of law where there are claims and include a risk management component. Programs will be approved at LAWPRO's sole discretion.
Promotional literature for qualifying programs will carry the LAWPRO "seal" of approval; a list of qualifying programs is posted on the LAWPRO website at www.LAWPRO.ca/clecredit/CLE_List.aps.
Requirements for Designation as a Qualifying Program
To be designated as qualifying for the LAWPRO Risk Management Credit, CPD programs must:
Getting the Credit Applied to your 2014 Premium
To obtain the full LAWPRO Risk Management Credit, each member must complete two qualifying programs, and complete an online Declaration by midnight on September 15, 2013. Any credit obtained for programs completed prior to this deadline will be applied to the 2014 insurance premium (it will automatically appear on the 2014 invoice).
You can claim the credit for participating in an approved program via a live webcast or the Law Society’s ILN, provided you watch the entire program and have a copy of the program materials. We do not keep a listing of past approved programs, but you can identify them by looking for the LAWPRO logo indicating it was approved for the Risk Management (or CPD or CLE on programs prior to 2012) premium credit. On the Risk Management declaration form you should claim credit for a self-study review.
Individuals who chair or are speakers at qualifying programs are eligible to receive the premium credit, provided they attend the entire program.
You can claim the credit for reviewing an past approved program on an archived webcast, CD-ROM, audio tape or video replay, provided you watch or listen to the entire program and have a copy of the program materials. We do not keep a listing of past approved programs, but you can identify them by looking for the LAWPRO logo indicating it was approved for the Risk Management (or CPD or CLE on programs prior to 2012) credit. On the Risk Management credit declaration form you should claim credit for a self-study review.
Completing 3 modules of the Online COACHING Centre (OCC) also qualifies for one $50 premium credit. However, lawyers must complete three new modules each year they claim the credit. In any given year you can claim $50 for completing 3 OCC modules.
To learn more about this new program, contact LAWPRO Customer Service by email: service@LAWPRO.ca, or call 416-598-5899 or 1 800 410-1013.
July 31, 2013