Criminal Trial Group Lawyer – Indigenous Pilot


Competition Number: LAA-22-71

Job Type: Full Time Permanent

Location: Calgary, AB

Posting: External

Competition Ends: When suitable applicant found.

Who We Are

As a publicly funded, non-profit organization, Legal Aid Alberta provides affordable legal services in family law, domestic violence, child welfare, immigration, and youth and adult criminal defense. We are Alberta-wide, with 300 staff and 1,200 private practice lawyers helping people overcome their legal challenges in more than 75 communities across the province.

Who You Are

As a Lawyer with our Criminal Trial Group at Legal Aid Alberta, you will help drive the future of our organization. You play an important role in joining a talented and diverse Legal Aid Alberta team province wide. Here you will find exceptional people who share our values and passion, supporting LAA’s mission to help Alberta’s most disadvantaged.

In addition, you will be part of a pilot project which will commence in certain locations across Alberta to provide LAA’s Indigenous clients with continuity in legal services support from the moment that they are charged.  LAA’s Indigenous strategy is focused on providing holistic support to Indigenous clients from the beginning, including a Staff Lawyer experienced in Indigenous issues that can, if required, take the matter to trial as part of the Criminal Trial Group.

As part of LAA’s Indigenous strategy, this Lawyer will work closely with Duty Counsel support in specific court jurisdictions and communities to support individuals charged in that community.

Job Description

Reporting to the Legal Services Manager, key responsibilities of the Criminal Trial Group Lawyer position are:

  • Provide holistic legal services support to clients
  • Litigate at various court levels, including appeals (travel expected).
  • Conduct of assigned files to professional standards and in accordance with the Rules and Code of Conduct of the Law Society of Alberta and policies and procedures of LAA.
  • Complete and accurate statistical, time entry and record keeping.
  • Compliance with office policy and procedures.
  • Participate in performance and staff meetings as required.



  • Law Degree from a recognized law school.
  • Active member in good standing with the Law Society of Alberta.


  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in criminal law practice focused on trial work
  • Previous criminal law practice – particular focus on Indigenous experience and issues within the criminal justice system including familiarity with Gladue Reports and Indigenous support services.

What We Offer

Perks of working with us

  • Competitive wage
  • RRSP employer contribution
  • Health and dental benefits
  • Health and wellness accounts
  • Employee assistance program
  • Team environment

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.

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