Duty Counsel Lawyer


Competition Number: LAA-21-60

Job Type: Full Time, Temporary

Location: Calgary, AB

Posting: External

Competition Ends: October 29, 2021

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

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 in criminal law and can advise clients of their rights and legal obligations in that area. You are a quick thinker, able to provide sound advice and thrive in a fast-paced work environment. You have strong communication and inter personal 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.

Job Description

Reporting to the Legal Services Manager, 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.
  • Travel to attend various circuit courts on provided schedule (compensation for travel provided).
  • Interviewing and finding out clients’ circumstances and goals as well as explaining them the system and their options.
  • Negotiate release conditions and/or plea arrangements with Crown counsel for accused.
  • 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.
  • Duty Counsel services in youth and adult criminal law.
  • Assessment services in youth and adult criminal law.



Education and Experience:

  • Law degree from a recognized law school.
  • Active member in good standing with the Law Society of Alberta.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in adult and youth criminal law practice.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Rules of Court and court proceedings.
  • General understanding of:
    • Criminal Code including bail and sentencing.
    • Youth Criminal Justice Act.
    • Protection Against Family Violence Act.
    • Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
  • Ability to build rapport and negotiate effectively with Crown Counsel.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Advocacy, problem solving, communication, negotiation skills 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, SharePoint), Remote Courtroom Scheduling (RCS), web-based legal research tools, and other web-based resources.
  • Ability to work with clients who have complex needs either through physical or mental disability, substance abuse, or living situations that impede their ability to resolve legal matters.

What We Offer

Perks of working with us

  • Competitive wage
  • RRSP with 8% employer contribution
  • Work life balance
  • Winter/Christmas closure (paid time off)
  • Weekends off
  • Health and dental benefits
  • Health and wellness accounts
  • Employee assistance program

How To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Reference competition number [LAA-21-60].

  • Successful candidate will be required to provide security clearance
  • Only those selected will be contacted.

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