Lawyer – Family Duty Counsel and Assessment Team

Competition Number: LAA-22-67

Job Type: Full Time Permanent

Location: Calgary, AB

Posting: External

Competition Ends: When suitable applicant found.

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 Assessment Team Manager, some of the key responsibilities include:

  • Provide duty counsel services primarily in Provincial Court Family and Child Welfare.
  • Within established financial parameters, review authorization requests and approve or reject as necessary on existing certificates.
  • Advise on the tariff and existing certificates when requested.
  • Make case management decisions and coverage decisions through Discretionary Coverage Process.
  • Provide merit opinions in a timely fashion for various areas of law.  Merit opinions will provide either a recommendation for or denial of coverage and determine urgency and priority of the client’s matter.
  • Adhere to screening and recording procedures, and eligibility guidelines.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Participate in team and project work when required.
  • Record statistics for reporting purposes.
  • Provide guidance and brief legal advice to clients on the Family Lawyer Phone Line.
  • Perform other work and activities as directed and assigned.

Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • Law Degree from a recognized law school.
  • Minimum of 3 years practicing law with an emphasis on family law.
  • Membership in good standing in the Law Society of Alberta.
  • Experience in criminal law is an asset.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Familiar with databases and various computer applications.
  • Ability to use MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Strong working knowledge of family law, including:
    • Legal processes and relevant legislation.
    • Rules of Court and court proceedings.
  • Have the technical skills required to provide competent legal services including:
    • Investigate the facts, identify key issues, ascertain client objectives, and consider possible solutions.
    • Apply appropriate skills including legal research, writing and drafting, legal analysis, application of the law to the relevant facts.
  • Conflict resolution and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement and a passion for improving access to justice

What We Offer

Perks of working with us

  • Competitive wage
  • RRSP employer contribution
  • Health and dental benefits
  • Health and Wellness accounts
  • Team Environment

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 selectApply Now to create your candidate profile. This competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Requirements

  • Successful candidate will be required to provide an acceptable criminal record check.

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