July 11, 2011
The session titled "Social media: The good, the bad and the ugly" was the fourth to be presented this year under the banner of UniversiTorys, (Torys') new series of professional development presentations designed to help practising lawyers achieve compliance with the LSUC's recently enacted by-law 6.1, which compels licensees to log 12 LSUC-eligible hours worth of "continuing professional development" each year.
"I think it's a good idea to keep connected to thinking about legal issues, but to be completely candid with you, I was going to the session regardless of the law society credit stuff," said Jamie Shulman, a Toronto-based software engineer. "That was a nice bonus, but quite frankly, the quality of Torys' programs generally, including this one, are so high, with such good people, that I went to it purely out of interest."
"It was a panel that was composed of just really well-respected, super smart, experienced lawyers who have practised in the real world. That's valuable."
Such enthusiasm, coming as it does from outside the private-practice world, from someone in no apparent rush to get his yearly continuing professional development (CPD) hours taken care of, has to be music to the UniversiTorys organizers' ears.
Torys had already enjoyed a long-standing reputation for sharing its expertise, particularly in securities law and mergers and acquisitions, but according to chief marketing officer Stuart Wood, the firm felt duty-bound, after LSUC introduced the new requirement, to go further – to offer regularly recurring, high quality, free-of-charge training for what was surely about to become a larger-than-ever market for CPD. "In the past, the sessions we offered were mostly driven by court developments or changes to the law," Wood says. "What we now have is something with more structure and with broader appeal to as many people as possible."
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