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Important Information for Presenters

Program Materials: Written Materials and Biographies 

For instructions on preparing written papers, please refer to the Guidelines for Material Preparation.

Biographies should be no longer than 1 page in length. Photographs are optional.

Lawyers and paralegals who register for Law Society programs expect us to provide them with high-quality materials. To meet our production deadlines, we require our presenters to submit written materials and biographies no later than 3 weeks prior to the program date. Diarize the program materials deadline provided to you and plan ahead to ensure that you submit your materials on time. Please keep in mind the experience level of your audience when you prepare your materials and remarks. 

Many of our programs are paperless. Please keep in mind that registrants may not have printed material in front of them to refer to while you are making your presentation.

Grant of Permission Form

The Law Society requires all presenters to sign and submit the Grant of Permission form prior to the program. Please e-mail or fax the completed form to the attention of your Program Coordinator at fax number 416-947-3370.

Harassment and Discrimination Policy

The Law Society has a legal and ethical obligation to provide services that respect differences and are free of harassment and discrimination. When preparing your presentation and materials, please avoid making inappropriate or offensive remarks based on race, sex, disability, or sexual orientation.

Audiovisual Equipment

If you require AV aids for your presentation, a projector will be provided to you. Please provide your Program Coordinator with your PowerPoint slides or other AV materials at least 2 business days prior to the program to allow our AV team the time to upload them to the webcast server and to test them.

For tips on the effective use of PowerPoint, please refer to the Guidelines for Material Preparation and the Quick Tips on Preparing PowerPoint Slideshows.

Travel Arrangements and Expense Policy

If you are travelling to Toronto to present at the program, please contact your Program Coordinator to make the arrangements. Please note that only those presenters who live outside Toronto will be reimbursed for their travel and accommodation expenses. Please refer to the Expense Policy for Presenters and the Presenter Expense Report.

CPD Hours for Program Presenters

As a presenter, you are entitled to enter into the Law Society portal the amount of time you actually spent speaking and attending a CPD program, as well as the number of hours you spent preparing for your presentation. Up to 6 CPD Hours may be claimed for teaching and up to 6 CPD Hours may be claimed for writing. Time spent teaching the same material more than once a year cannot be counted toward your annual CPD Requirement. Actual teaching time will be multiplied by a factor of 3 to reflect preparation time. The content must be law-related and fall within the CPD definition.

Example: You agree to give a 30-minute presentation on a substantive topic at a 3-hour CPD program. You spend 6 hours researching and writing a paper to accompany your presentation. Before and after you give your presentation, you attend the program and listen to the other presenters. In this scenario, you are entitled to enter

  • 6 hours Substantive Hours — for writing
  • 1 hour 30 minutes Substantive Hours — for teaching
  • 2 hour 30 minutes Substantive Hours — for attending the program
  • Total: 10 Substantive Hours

Note: You are only required to enter a minimum of 9 Substantive Hours and 3 Professionalism Hours in the portal each year.

If you have any questions about the CPD Requirement and accreditation of eligible education activities related to professionalism, please see the CPD Requirement section or contact us by e-mail at or by phone at 1-800-668-7380 ext. 3315 or 416-947-3300, ext. 3315.

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