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 knowledgeable in many areas of family law and practice in the Court of Queen’s Bench, including but not limited to Divorce Act, Family Property Act, Family Law Act , Alberta Rules of Court, and other applicable legislations. You have a thorough understanding of the various legal processes of the Court of Queen’s Bench. 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.
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.
Duty Counsel representation in family law matters in the Court of Queen’s Bench, including but not limited to Divorce Act, Family Property Act, Family Law Act, Alberta Rules of Court, and other applicable legislations.
Guide, assist, and provide family law process information to self-represented parties in Court of Queen’s Bench family docket court matter
Able to manage high conflict situations
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 5 years of experience in Family law matters in the Court of Queen’s Bench, including but not limited to in the areas of Divorce Act, Family Property Act, Family Law Act, Alberta Rules of Court, and other applicable legislation
Strong litigation experience.
Knowledge and Skills:
Alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and negotiation skills
Legal analysis, application of law to relevant facts
Trial and pre-trial 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, consider alternative solutions, analyze risk, and advise clients on the appropriate course of action
Understanding of community referral resources available to assist clients in complex situations
High level competence with computer-based programs
What We Offer
Perks of working with us
8% RRSP employer contribution
Paid professional days
Paid Vacation days
Winter closure (paid time off)
Work life balance
Health and dental benefits
Health and wellness accounts
Employee assistance program
How To Apply
Please send your resume and cover letter clearly highlighting your experience with Family law matters in the Court of Queen’s Bench to [email protected]. Reference competition number LAA-22-08. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Successful candidate will be required to provide an acceptable criminal record check.