We are Legal Aid Alberta. We believe in an Alberta where everyone is able to understand and protect their legal rights. As a publicly funded, non-profit organization, we provide affordable legal services in family law, domestic violence, child welfare, immigration, and youth and adult criminal defence. We are Alberta-wide: Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Siksika Nation, and Wetaskiwin. We work together to serve Albertans, protecting their rights and ensuring a fair legal process.
Who You Are
Working at Legal Aid Alberta means you care about people and empathize with their situation. You have excellent communication skills especially in tough situations. You are an expert of law and can advise clients of their rights and legal obligations and represent their interests in proceedings. You have strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as enjoy learning new things and can adapt to change quickly. You care deeply about the success of our team and have solid understanding of our organization’s mission and values.
Reporting to the Manager, JP Bail, some of the key responsibilities include:
Duty Counsel representation to professional standards and in accordance with the Rules and Code of Conduct of the Law Society of Alberta and the policies and procedures of LAA Duty Counsel
Negotiate release conditions and/or plea arrangements with Crown counsel for accused.
Negotiate with Crown and represent client at bail hearings.
Review and provide legal opinions and summaries in relation to service eligibility for summary offences.
Complete and accurate statistical record keeping.
Compliance with office policy and procedures.
Participate in performance and staff meetings as required.
Education and Experience
Law Degree from a recognized law school.
Active member in good standing with the Law Society of Alberta.
Minimum 2 years criminal law experience.
Knowledge and Skills
Demonstrated understanding of the Law of Bail in Canada.
Alternative dispute resolution and negotiation skills.
Excellent understanding of court room procedures and processes.
Excellent understanding of police and arrest procedures.
Advocacy, problem solving, communication skills and conflict resolution.
A high level of comfort working with remote court appearances, 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.
Ability to work with clients who have complex needs either through frequent requests for alternate representation, physical or mental disability, substance abuse, or living situations that impair their ability to resolve legal matters
What We Offer
Perks of working with us
RRSP with 8% employer contribution
Paid Vacation time
Professional days (paid time off)
Health and dental benefits
Health and wellness accounts
Employee assistance program
Individual Professional development budget
How To Apply
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 select ‘Apply Now’ to create your candidate profile. This competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Successful candidate will be required to provide an acceptable criminal record check.