Responding to the requirement that all legal entities have a management system for ethical legal practice (MSELP), a Draft MSELP Self-Assessment Tool was approved by Council on March 24, 2016. Additional work was undertaken to develop an “MSELP Workbook” to assist lawyers – particularly those in smaller practices – to assess their MSELPs.
From September 2016 through April 2017, a Pilot Project tested these tools and enhanced them further based on feedback from a randomized, geographically proportionate sample of 50 law firms and lawyers in private practice across the province. For details on the pilot, read these reports:
- Legal Services Support Pilot Project Final Report (June 6, 2017)
- Legal Services Support Pilot Project – Preliminary Report (February 17, 2017)
The draft MSELP self-assessment tools result from an extensive consultation process with lawyers and input from the Society’s working groups and committees. For example:
- The Legal Services Regulation Solo and Small Firm Working Group developed a format with similar content that incorporates a workbook approach for internal assessment.
- The Racial Equity Committee (REC) and Gender Equity Committee (GEC) recommended incorporation of the specific element on diversity, inclusion and substantive equality.
The Solo and Small Firm Working Group continues to advise the Pilot Project to ensure that the self-assessment tools and process reflect the realities and considerations of smaller practices.
Further, NSBS is consulting with in-house and government lawyers on a proposed self-assessment tool and process that reflects the unique circumstances of corporate and government lawyers. Once developed, those tools will also undergo testing.
Your questions and comments are welcome. Please contact Jennifer Pink, Legal Services Support Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.