Lawyer- Duty Counsel


Competition Number: LAA-22-34

Job Type: Full-time Permanent

Location: Calgary

Posting: External

Competition Ends: June 24, 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’re computer-savvy and more organized than anyone you know. Fast-paced work environments give you a rush and you’re always up for a challenge. You love learning new things, solving problems, and can adapt to change quickly. You care deeply about the success of our team and our organization.

Job Description


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

  • Duty Counsel services in youth and adult criminal law, and family law
  • Assessment services in youth and adult criminal law, and family law
  • Work in specialty courts including Indigenous Courts
  • Duty Counsel services in areas otherwise established by Legal Aid Alberta from time to time
  • Travel to attend circuit courts as needed



Education and Experience:

  • Law degree from a recognized law school.
  • Eligible to be an active member in good standing with the Law Society of Alberta
  • Minimum 2 years of experience practicing adult and youth criminal law, and family law

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong interest and understanding of alternative court and restorative justice
  • Demonstrated understanding of Indigenous culture and customs
  • Experience acting as duty counsel through Legal Aid certificates is considered an asset
  • An active member in good standing with the Law Society of Alberta
  • Previous experience in JP Bail hearings, Protection Against Family Violence Act, Child Welfare, PChAD, immigration, and/or litigation practice is an asset
  • Valid Alberta Driver’s License


What We Offer

Perks of working with us

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

How To Apply

If you are interested in being a part of our team when you reviewed this posting and you meet the minimum qualifications, select Apply Now to apply for this position. Alternatively, you can send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Reference competition number [LAA-22-34]. The competition closing date is June 24, 2022. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted



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