About Legal Aid Alberta

Legal 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.

Legal Aid Alberta is seeking to fill a full time LAWYER for Duty Counsel representation in Grande Prairie, AB.  This position will appeal to an individual that likes to take initiative, is client focused and is exceptionally strong in delivering high-quality results.

Job Description

Reporting to the TEAM LEAD some of the key responsibilities of the LAWYER are to:

  • Conduct of assigned files to professional standards and in accordance with the Rules and Code of Conduct of the Law Society of Alberta and the Rules of LAA.
  • Duty Counsel representation to professional standards and in accordance with the Rules and Code of Conduct of the Law Society of Alberta and the Rules of LAA.
  • Negotiate competent resolutions of files to achieve early, cost effective and lasting outcomes for clients.
  • Negotiate release conditions and/or plea arrangements with Crown counsel for accused.
  • Representation at immigration reviews, hearings and appeals. 
  • Review immigration applications for legal service and draft merit opinions. 
  • Complete and accurate statistical record keeping.
  • Compliance with office policy and procedures.
  • Participate in performance and staff meetings as required.

Qualifications

  • Education and Experience:
    • Law degree from a recognized law school.
    • Active member of the Law Society of Alberta.
    • Minimum 2 years of experience in youth, criminal, family, immigration and/or litigation practice preferred.
  • Knowledge:
    • Rules of Court, and youth, criminal, family and immigration law legislation.
    • Alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and negotiation skills.
    • 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.
    • Legal research, writing and drafting, legal analysis, preparation of court documents, and application of law to relevant facts.
    • Advocacy, problem solving and conflict resolution.
    • A high level of comfort working with technology and a keen enthusiasm for learning new systems  including, computer literacy in MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, CRM), web-based legal research tools, and other web-based resources.
  • Skills:
    • Demonstrated time management and ability to deal with conflicting priorities and deadlines.
    • Ability to manage work in high pressure and high conflict situations.
    • Ability to investigate facts, identify issues, ascertain organizational objectives, consider alternative solutions, analyse risk and advise clients and/or LAA on the appropriate course of action.
    • Ability to build rapport and negotiate effectively with Crown Counsel.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively when working with complex clients.
    • Understanding of community resources available to complex clients.

Why work for Legal Aid Alberta?

If you got excited at the prospect of being a part of our team when you reviewed this posting and you meet the minimum qualifications, please forward your resume to careers@legalaid.ab.ca referencing posting number LAA-19-51.

This competition will remain open until November 29, 2019. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.