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Convocation’s approval of the 2015 LAWPRO insurance program on September 25 has brought two changes to LAWPRO’s Risk Management Credit (RMC) program that will affect the 2016 premium credit.

These are summarized as follows:

1. Paralegal licensees who work in partnership with lawyers are now eligible, as of September 16, 2014, to earn the Risk Management Credit for attending approved Continuing Professional Development programs. Please note, this is not all paralegals, it is just the paralegals that get their professional liability insurance from LAWPRO because they are partners with lawyers.

2. As maintaining good mental health and coping well with stress helps lawyers avoid claims, LAWPRO financially supports the Law Society’s Member Assistance Program (MAP), which administered by Homewood Human Solutions (HHS). As of 2015, e-Learning courses offered on the HHS site will now be approved for the RMC. The approved e-Learning courses address issues including managing stress, managing alcohol and substance consumption, coping with financial pressures, and managing working relationships.

Click here for more information on the LAWPRO Risk Management credit. For the 2015 policy year, over 270 CPD programs were approved, with a combined attendance of approximately 53,000.