Lawyer – Duty Counsel – QB EPO review (Internal Candidate Only)


Competition Number: LAA-22-23

Job Type: Full-Time, Permanent

Location: Calgary, Alberta

Posting: Internal

Competition Ends: April 22, 2022

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 Family law, particularly with Emergency Protection Orders. You are also familiar with Child Welfare, the representation of Children in high conflict family law matters and general Family Law matters. You are a quick thinker, able to provide sound advice and thrive in a fast-paced work environment. 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.

Job Description

Reporting to the Legal Services Manager, some of the key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage Queen’s Bench Emergency Protection Orders (QB EPO) Review files
  • Carry end to end responsibilities of managing QB EPO review files from initial acceptance of the files to the conclusion the review process
  • Carry end to end responsibilities of managing EPO Viva Voce Hearing files
  • Manage and organize monthly EPO team meetings
  • Support other areas of the family law team
  • Able to manage high conflict situations
  • Negotiate competent resolutions of files to achieve early, cost effective and lasting outcomes for clients
  • 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 of the Law Society of Alberta.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in practice area of Emergency Protection Orders within Family Law.
  • Strong litigation experience.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Rules of Court, Protection Against Family Violence Act, Family Law Act, Family Property Act, Divorce Act and Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act.
  • Alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and negotiation skills
  • Legal research, writing and drafting, legal analysis, preparation of facts and written briefs, application of law to relevant facts
  • Advocacy, problem solving and conflict resolution
  • 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, analyze risk and advise clients and/or LAA on the appropriate course of action
  • Understanding of community resources available to assist complex situations

What We Offer

Perks of working with us

  • Competitive wage
  • 8% RRSP employer contribution
  • Health and dental benefits
  • Health and wellness accounts
  • Paid vacation time
  • Holiday closure (paid time off)
  • Professional days (paid time off)
  • Individual Professional development budget
  • Employee assistance program

How To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Reference competition number [LAA-22-23]. 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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