‚ÄčLegal Aid Alberta is a Centre of Excellence that helps vulnerable Albertans across the province at some of the most difficult times in their lives.  Through professional, effective and accessible services that support better outcomes for our clients, we make a difference in the lives of Albertans and deliver value that extends beyond those who receive our services.

Job Description:

  • To provide, as part of a team, legal advice and other brief and/or limited scope services to eligible Albertans in the areas of criminal law.
  • To make and receive client referrals to and from other LAA offices and other external agencies.
  • To improve Albertans' access to public legal information and to justice

     Key Responsibilities:
  • Ensure that the client's legal issue has been appropriately identified and articulated, and the client's legal need has been appropriately assessed
  • Provide the appropriate legal advice, brief or limited scope service (including document prep and assistance, coaching, settlement advocacy and other third party contact), information and/or referral
  • Attend at Remand Center or other custody facilities in person or via telecommunications from the courthouse every morning prior to court in order to interview individuals who have been newly arrested and who have not had an opportunity to contact counsel
  • Attend outside the various docket courtrooms in order to make contact with and interview persons needing LAA assistance in the docket courtrooms
  • Refer individual to LAA and to other justice system agencies, such as Student Legal Services
  • Refer individual for diversion programs
  • Negotiate release conditions or plea bargains with Crown counsel for persons in custody
  • Appear before the presiding judge to assist the individual interviewed in addressing bail, reserving their plea, setting trial dates, or pleading guilty
  • Appear in a trial courtroom to legally advise an individual when asked by a judge
  • May appear at trial on certain matters
  • Keep accurate data collection of daily docket appearances and activities on behalf of clients
  • Accurately prepare invoices for clients who have retained the lawyer for full representation services
  • When directed, to participate in teams and project work
  • Participate actively in all required training and development activities; identify training opportunities
  • Participate actively in all staff and other required meetings
  • Time keeping, data and statistics keeping.

    Qualifications & Experience:
  • Law degree from a recognized law school
  • Membership in the Law Society of Alberta (or ability to become a Member)
  • Experience or education in areas of poverty law practice
  • Experience in specialty or community courts, with emphasis on indigenous law and the reconciliation process within legal and court processes
  • Experience working with vulnerable, complex clients and youth clients
  • Excellent working knowledge of criminal, family, immigration or areas of specified civil law, including legal processes and relevant legislation
  • Good working knowledge of other areas of civil or administrative law
  • Excellent understanding of court and tribunal processes, with working knowledge of regional variances
  • Excellent understanding of police and arrest procedures, with working knowledge of regional variances
  • Excellent working knowledge of other legal services
  • Good working knowledge of non-legal services and resources
  • Knowledge of conflict management and ADR techniques
  • Knowledge of public legal information or adult education tools and techniques

    If you are interested in the above position, please forward your resume including posting number LAA-19-30 to careers@legalaid.ab.ca.

    This posting will remain open until positions are filled.

    Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.