Lawyer – Provincial Court – Emergency Protection Order (EPO)

THIS JOB COMPETITION IS CLOSED

Competition Number: LAA-22-43

Job Type: Full Time – Temporary (13 months)

Location: Calgary

Posting: External

Competition Ends: July 18, 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, but are not limited to:

  • 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.
  • Assessment of applications from individuals seeking an Emergency Protection Order from the Provincial Court
  • Duty Counsel representation in Provincial Court Emergency Protection Order applications
  • Guide, assist, and provide emergency protection order legal and process information,
  • Provide, as needed, information regarding restraining orders, parenting orders, and other relevant legal matters
  • Attend monthly EPO team meetings
  • Support other areas of the family law team
  • 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

Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • Law degree from a recognized law school
  • Active member of the Law Society of Alberta
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in 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-22-43. You can also click on Apply Now to apply for this position

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Requirements

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


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