Free e-Course

New Rights, New Obligations: An Introduction to The Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act

This self-paced e-Course is available on demand and is designed to provide you with substantive information about the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act (FHRMIRA), as well as practical information you will need to know when making applications under FHMRIRA.

Did you know that under FHRMIRA each First Nation (other than those excluded) may be able to enact its own laws to address matrimonial property interests or rights on reserve land, but that unless and until they do so, provisional rules under FHRMIRA apply?

Under the provisional rules spouses and common law partners may have rights to property on reserves in cases of relationship breakdown or death.

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding the Background
  • Understanding the Foundation of FHRMIRA
  • Manitoba’s Approach to the Protection Order and Exclusive Occupation Order Provisions
  • Matrimonial Property Interests or Rights
  • Estates
  • Penalties and Enforcement

This program may be reported for a maximum of 1.5 hours of CPD activity for Manitoba Members.

Login to the Member’s Portal to start your course.

Visit the Law Society of Manitoba for more information.

Mental Health Week

The Canadian Mental Health Associations Mental Health Week is May 6 – 12, 2019.

Mental health is a state of well-being, and we all have it. We might have a mental illness, and we might not. Either way, we can all feel well. We can all have good mental health. It is about having a sense of purpose, strong relationships, feeling connected to our communities, knowing who we are, coping with stress and enjoying life. And it’s never too early or too late to get there. But it’s not just about what you do for yourself, by yourself—everyone needs healthy and supportive places to work, live and learn.

– Canadian Mental Health Association

Mental health affects all of us in one way or another, whether it’s ourselves, friends and family or a client. We have put together a few resources to help you navigate mental health for yourself, a loved one or a client.

Featured in the Display

In the Library:

  • You are not Alone : The Lawyer’s Guide to Anxiety / The Law Society of Manitoba Education and Competence Department
  • Slaying the Demons of Anxiety and Stress for Improved Health and Wealth / The Law Society of Manitoba Education and Competence Department

desLibris (Behind the Law Society of Manitoba Member’s Portal):

Online Resources:

Lexis Advance Quicklaw:

  • Halsbury’s Laws of Canada – Mental Health (2015 Reissue)
  • Halsbury’s Laws of Canada – Public Health (2014 Reissue)


  • LexisNexis Health Law NetLetter


Lawyers Health and Wellness Program:

The Lawyers Health and Wellness Program (LHWP) is a free and confidential service for practising lawyers in Manitoba and their families. It offers help with:

  • Stress
  • Addictions
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Family and Parenting
  • Relationships
  • Emotional/Behavioural
  • Financial Crisis

LHWP offers crisis-intervention and assessment, short-term counselling services to a maximum of twelve sessions per family per year, and appropriate referrals. Visit The Law Society of Manitoba for more information.

*Newsletter distribution service is only offered to members of the Law Society of Manitoba.

New Book Display: Manitoba Resources

The Great Library has been hosting a student from the Library and Information Technology program at Red River College for the past two weeks. Artemis Hedrich is in the final few months of the program, and this was an opportunity for her to see how a law library works. With help from legal information professional Allyssa McFadyen, she put together a display on the many resources of Manitoba law that are available both here at the Great Library and online.

Titles in the display

  • Chief Justice Samuel Freedman: A Great Canadian Judge by Cameron Harvey
  • Manitoba Law Journal | 2017 Volume 40 Number 3 | Criminal Law edition
  • The Manitoba Gazette | 2013 PT. 1- 52
    – print copies between 1901-2013
  • Manitoba Regulations | 1/2017 – 171/2017
    – print copies between 1946-2017, online access to current
  • Judicious Restraint: The Life and Law of Justice Marshall E. Rothstein, general editors Lisa M. Kelly, and Ivo Entchev.   *New*

This collection of papers dedicates itself to the legacy of The Honourable Justice Marshall Rothstein, who became a judge of the Supreme Court of Canada in 2006 and retired in 2015.

Featured in the display

Behind the Member’s Portal

Available OpenAccess

Upcoming CPD Events from the Law Society of Manitoba:

Privacy Please
New Mandatory Breach Reporting Requirements under PIPEDA
March 20, 2019    │   12:00 pm  to  1:00 pm
Webinar Only ~ No in-person attendance

Top 10 Things Every Lawyer Should Know – Criminal Law
April 17, 2019    │   12:00 pm  to  1:00 pm
Webinar Only ~ No in-person attendance

Upcoming CPD Webinars

The Law Society of Manitoba
Professional Education and Competence

Privacy Please: New Requirements under PIPEDA

March 20, 2019 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
No in-person attendance

Presenter: Andrew Buck, Pitblado LLP

On November 1, 2018, amendments to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) came into force which impose mandatory breach reporting, notification and record-keeping requirements on organizations subject to PIPEDA. This includes law firms.

This webinar presentation is designed to provide practitioners who do not specialize in privacy law with a primer on the new PIPEDA requirements as well as an update on other cutting edge privacy law topics.

Includes 1 hour of CPD activity, including 0.5 hours of EPPM.

Register Now

Top 10 Things Every Lawyer Should Know – Criminal Law

April 17, 2019 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
No in-person attendance

Presenter: Saul Simmonds, Gindin Wolson Simmonds Roitenberg

This webinar is focused on frequently asked questions in the area of criminal law.  Experienced criminal defense lawyer, Saul Simmonds, will provide the basic information you need to answer these questions and he will point you toward relevant case law and legislation.

While this webinar is designed for practitioners who do not specialize in criminal law, it will also serve as a good refresher for those who do.

Includes 1 hour of CPD activity.

Register Now

CPLED Redevelopment

[Reprinted with permission from the February 2019 edition of Communiqué by Joan Holstrom.]

The CPLED Program has been the Manitoba bar admission course for the past 15 years. It has been delivered through three provincial organizations, the Legal Education Society of Alberta, the Law Society of Saskatchewan-Bar Admission Office and the Law Society of Manitoba. While the past 15 years have successfully launched many law graduates into rewarding careers, it is a program that is due for a refresh to bring it in line with the changing nature of the profession and the practice of law. Technology, diversity, increased cultural and gender awareness and changes in the way legal services are delivered have called out for changes in how we bridge law graduates from being students to being professionals. As a result, CPLED hired a new CEO last spring and significant strides have been taken to redevelop our Bar Admission program into what we are calling CPLED 2.0.

CPLED is preparing to have CPLED 2.0 ready for all articling students in the 2020-2021 year. In anticipation of that, a pilot program offering of CPLED 2.0 will be available for articling students in the 2019-2020 year. The pilot program offered will operate from January 2020 to September 2020. It will be offered at half the tuition cost of the legacy CPLED program which will run during the 2019-2020 year from September 2019 to April 2020. The pilot program will be offered to articling students when registering for the 2019-2020 bar admission year. Please consider allowing your articling student(s) to participate in this pilot program. The pilot program will be of interest to you or your articling student if:

  • Tuition costs are a concern;
  • The student cannot start articles before August 2019 (e.g. student is travelling or clerking elsewhere; your firm cannot hire someone before August 2019 due to budget);
  • The student cannot start CPLED before September 2019 (e.g. still awaiting a Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation).

The CEO of CPLED, Dr. Kara Mitchelmore, will be in Winnipeg during the first week of March and would like to meet with as many employers and principals as possible. Dr. Mitchelmore would like to share with the profession what changes will be forthcoming with CPLED 2.0 and what impact that might have on articling students and their relationships within their workplaces. Larger employers will be contacted directly to set up meetings with Dr. Mitchelmore. If you are a smaller workplace that routinely takes on articling students or if you anticipate taking on an articling student in 2020 or beyond, please contact Joan Holmstrom, the Director of Manitoba CPLED, at 204-926-2017 to attend one of the presentations given by Dr. Mitchelmore on March 4th or on March 8th, 2019.

Recruitment of Practitioners to assist with CPLED 2.0

CPLED 2.0 will require practitioners to assist by providing feedback to students on their submitted work and performances within the formative phases of CPLED 2.0. It will also require practitioners to assist with evaluating students’ work and performance in the evaluative phases of CPLED 2.0. Finally, CPLED 2.0 will require practitioners to act as practice managers for students as they work through CPLED 2.0. These practice managers will act as a resource for students as they develop skills in managing themselves, their work and office systems. If you are, or may be, interested in helping CPLED 2.0 in one of these capacities and you have been called to the Bar for at least 5 years, please send an email to setting out:

  • Your teaching experience;
  • Presentation experience;
  • Academic writing experience;
  • Your area of expertise;
  • Your area of interest;
  • Experience as a mentor or principal.

This will be an enriching experience for lawyers who have a passion for teaching and mentoring. We hope to hear from you.