Lawyer – Duty Counsel (12 Month Temporary)


Competition Number: LAA-21-19

Job Type: Full-Time, Temporary

Location: Calgary, AB

Posting: External

Competition Ends: May 28, 2021

Who We Are

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.

Job Description

Reporting to the Legal Services Manager, some of the key responsibilities of the Lawyer are to:

  • Duty Counsel services in youth and adult Criminal law.
  • Assessment services in youth and adult criminal law.
  • As duty Counsel in areas otherwise established by Legal Aid Alberta from time to time.


  • Education and Experience:
  • Minimum 5 years of experience practicing adult and youth criminal law.
  • Experience acting as duty counsel through Legal Aid certificates is considered an asset.
  • Law degree from a recognized law school.
  • Active member in good standing with the Law Society of Alberta.
  • Previous experience in youth criminal defense, JP Bail hearings, Protection Against Family Violence Act, Child Welfare, PChAD, family, immigration and/or litigation practice is an asset.
  •  Knowledge:
  • Rules of Court and court proceedings.
  • LAA Governance Agreement and LAA Policies and Procedures.
  • Alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and negotiation skills.
  • Excellent understanding of court room and administrative tribunal processes.
  • Excellent understanding of police and arrest procedures.
  • Youth Criminal Justice Act.
  • Criminal Code and sentencing.
  • 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, analyze 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.
  • 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.

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 forward your resume to [email protected] referencing posting number LAA-21-19.

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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