Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) is currently recruiting candidates to fill 3 up-coming vacancies on its Board of Directors. One of those positions must be filled by a lawyer and the remaining two must be filled by members of the public (i.e. non-lawyers). Employees of Legal Aid Alberta, Benchers of the Law Society of Alberta and employees of Alberta Justice are not eligible.
Candidates with demonstrated experience in some or all of the following areas is required in order to support the Legal Aid Executive and Organization as a whole:
For the lawyer position, a candidate with demonstrated experience on the Legal Aid roster and who has shown a commitment to Legal Aid clients is desirable, in addition to some of the criteria outlined below.
For the public positions, it is desirable that candidates fulfill some or all of the following:
experience in the running and/or governance of a large organization;
a demonstrated commitment to vulnerable and traditionally marginalized groups, including First Nations and Metis;
a demonstrated understanding of the needs of, and challenges faced by, those suffering from addiction, mental illness, Fetal Alcohol-related developmental delays, and/or living in poverty; and/or
knowledge of, or experience in, delivering services to disadvantaged and marginalized groups.
LAA currently provides more than 297,000 assists annually in the areas of criminal law, family law, child welfare, refugee claims and other civil matters. It is an independent, publicly-funded, not-for-profit organization incorporated under the Alberta Societies Act, which provides a broad range of services to enable Albertans to resolve their legal issues. It operates under a Governance Agreement among LAA, the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, and the Law Society of Alberta. Candidates should make themselves familiar with the services offered by LAA and also review its Governance Agreement at www.legalaid.ab.ca.
The Board of Directors governs LAA through policy, budget and business planning decisions. The Board of Directors consists of 11 members with a maximum of 6 lawyers and a minimum of 5 public members. Board candidates are recruited by a Nominating Committee, made up of representatives of LAA, Alberta Justice, and the Law Society of Alberta, and are appointed by the Benchers of the Law Society of Alberta.
If you have an interest in ensuring access to justice and would like to apply as a candidate for the Board of Directors, please contact Pat Bard at (780) 422-4403 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form and information package.
Submit completed applications by July 31, 2020 to:
Legal Aid Alberta
400, 10320 – 102 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 4A1
Attn: Pat Bard
Or by email to email@example.com