Ethics & Professional Responsibility

New Anti-Money Laundering Rules
December 9, 2019

On January 1, 2020, rule changes affecting client identification and verification and the receipt of cash came into effect. What does this mean for you? 

All firms need to review and revise their processes to ensure compliance with the existing and new rules. These rules are critically important in the international fight against money laundering and terrorism financing and thus compliance will be enforced robustly.

Kristin Dangerfield, Chief Executive Officer, The Law Society of Manitoba
Leah Kosokowsky, Director of Regulation, The Law Society of Manitoba
Sean Shore, Canadian Compliance & Regulatory Law

CPD hours: 1 | EPPM hours: 1 | Price: **Free**

Critical Conversations about Systemic Racism and Implicit Bias in Law and Canadian Society
Black Lives Matter: Canadian Perspectives
December 10, 2020

The killing of George Floyd in the summer of 2020 brought broader attention to the Black Lives Matter movement and acted as a tipping point. This series of critical conversations provide a forum for open and respectful dialogue about the Canadian context for the BLM movement, current issues in policing and the justice system as well as the insidious ways in which systemic racism manifests itself in our workplaces and everyday lives.

The conversations require us all to step into uncomfortable territory so that we can recognize our own biases and begin to take steps toward changing how we think and act. As lawyers, how do we navigate through the various aspects of our work (with colleagues, clients, decision-makers) in a diverse society?

If we thought things were better in Canada than in the U.S., we now understand this isn’t the case. Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) have experienced systemic racism and its profoundly harmful effects in Canada as well as in the U.S. since the founding of both countries.

  • How do we as Canadians respond to the killing of George Floyd, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, and many others?
  • What has the Canadian experience for BIPOC been? 
  • How has our history shaped our culture?
  • What does it all mean for us as lawyers and citizens?

Moderator: Zilla Jones, Jones Law Office

Laurelle Harris, Harris Law Solutions
Omri Golden Plotnik, Newman and Company
Stacey Soldier, Cochrane Saxburg LLP

CPD hours: 2 | EPPM hours: 2 | Price: **Free**

Client Identification and Verification Rules

This resource will give you guidance on the Client Identification and Verification Rules which came into effect on December 31, 2008.

CPD hours: 0 | EPPM hours: 0 | Price: **Free**

Confidentiality & Privilege: An Estate Litigation Perspective
October 25, 2012

Have you ever received a telephone call that begins like this… “So and so has passed away (or is incapacitated in the case of a Power of Attorney), I notice you drafted the Will/ Power of Attorney and I need some information.” How do you deal with this request? What is the law with respect to what you can say or provide? In this informative and practical session experienced practitioners discuss the following issues:

  • When are you obligated or permitted to share confidential/ privileged information with third parties?
  • Confidentiality & privilege issues relating to Powers of Attorney and/ or Wills
  • Best practices when information or documents are requested (or demanded) by a third party

This course has been accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada for 1.5 Professionalism hours.

Dana Nelko, Fillmore Riley LLP
Anita Southall, Fillmore Riley LLP

CPD hours: 1.5 | EPPM hours: 1.5 | Price: $65.00 + GST = $68.25

To Act or Not to Act: A Conflicts Primer and Review of the New Conflicts Rules
September 20, 2016

This informative session includes a review of the new Conflicts Rules in the Code of Professional Conduct, as well as a discussion of some of the fundamental principles related to conflicts of interest. And, you will work through scenarios that will help you answer the following questions:

  • When, if ever, should I accept a retainer that involves more than one client?
  • Do I know the risks involved if I do?
  • When a problem arises, do I really know what to do?

Moderator: Noelia Bernardo, Director of Complaints Resolution, The Law Society of Manitoba

Presenter: Darcia Senft, General Counsel, Director of Policy and Ethics, The Law Society of Manitoba

CPD hours: 1 | EPPM hours: 1 | Price: $40.00 + GST = $42.00

An Ethics Primer for In-House Counsel
June 1, 2016

In-house counsel face unique ethical dilemmas that don’t come up in private practice. Our diverse panel discusses various scenarios that can arise and how to respond to them in accordance with the Code of Professional Conduct. Topics include:

  • Who is your client?
  • Conflicts
  • Privilege
  • Risk management and compliance
  • The public company as client
  • The unscrupulous client
  • Up the ladder reporting

Krista Boryskavich, City Solicitor/ Director of Legal Services, Legal Services Department, City of Winnipeg
Donald J. MacDonald, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer, IGM Financial Inc.
Darcia Senft, General Counsel and Director – Policy and Ethics, The Law Society of Manitoba

CPD hours: 1.5 | EPPM hours: 1.5 | Price: $50.00 + GST = $52.50

Forms of Address and Pronouns
September 15, 2021

The Court of Queen’s Bench and the Provincial Court of Manitoba have issued Practice Directions, which took effect on September 13, 2021, to clarify how parties and counsel can advise the Court of their pronouns and form of address. This session will assist you to understand why these directions have been issued, what it will look like and what you have to do.


Chief Justice Glenn Joyal (he/him), Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench
Chief Judge Margaret Wiebe (she/her), Provincial Court of Manitoba
Eli Milner, (they/them) Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP
Alissa Schacter (she/her), Law Society of Manitoba


Ian Scarth (he/him), MLT Aikins LLP, President of Manitoba Bar Association

CPD hours: 1.25 | EPPM hours: 1.25 | Price: $60.00 + GST = $63.00
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Limited Scope Retainers: Tips and Traps
September 30, 2014

Limited scope retainers (aka "unbundling") are growing in popularity with clients as they look for ways to access legal services while reducing their costs. In a limited scope retainer the client retains the lawyer for only certain aspects of a legal matter. The client then maintains responsibility for the remainder of the matter. Does that sound appealing or a little scary? Either way you are correct! These limited scope retainers are an opportunity to improve the public's access to justice and to increase your client base. However, there are risk management and ethical issues to consider.

Learn how to provide this limited service while still ensuring that you do so safely and ethically. Gain the information you need to determine if and how you can use limited scope retainers in your practice.

Presenters from The Law Society of Manitoba:
Kris Dangerfield, Senior General Counsel
Leah Kosokowsky, Director of Complaints Resolution
Tana Christianson, Director of Insurance

CPD hours: 1 | EPPM hours: 1 | Price: $40.00 + GST = $42.00

NEW Language Rights Rule: Representing Clients in Their Official Language of Choice Ethical Obligations, Practical Solutions and Certain "Je ne sais quoi"
November 24, 2016

Who should take this session? Lawyers with a limited capacity in French dealing with clients who speak only French (or who have a limited capacity in English). Anglophone lawyers with French speaking clients who have a limited or some capacity in English. Anglophone lawyers with Anglophone clients dealing with opposing parties who speak only French.

Did you know that there is a Language Rights Rule in the Code of Professional Conduct? Includes both a discussion of Manitoba lawyers’ new ethical and professional obligations under this Rule, and of practical solutions that can be utilized to ensure clients’ language rights.

Chair: The Honourable Richard J. Scott O.M., Q.C., Hill Sokalski Walsh Olson LLP

Associate Chief Justice Marriane Rivoalen, Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, Family Division
Daniel Boivan, Gowling WLG
Alain Laurencelle, Taylor McCaffrey LLP
Denis Guénette, Justice Manitoba, Legal Services Branch
Andrea Doyle, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP

CPD hours: 1.5 | EPPM hours: 1.5 | Price: $50.00 + GST = $52.50

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About the Professional Liability Insurance Claim Process, But Were Afraid to Ask
October 17, 2012

It is inevitable. As a practicing lawyer, one day you will be faced with a situation where you might have an insurance claim to report. Take in this webinar and find out:

  • What insurance do I have, anyway?
  • What should I report, and when and how do I do it?
  • Can I opt out of coverage, and deal with the claim on my own?
  • Is there anything I should do before reporting?
  • What should I tell my client?
  • Who will know if I make a report?
  • What if the claim has no merit?
  • What happens after I report?

Tana Christianson, The Law Society of Manitoba
Kate Craton, The Law Society of Manitoba
Joan Holmstrom, The Law Society of Manitoba

CPD hours: 1 | EPPM hours: 1 | Price: $40.00 + GST = $42.00