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 an expert in criminal law and can advise clients of their rights and legal obligations in that area. 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:
Conduct of assigned files to professional standards and in accordance with the Rules and Code of Conduct of the Law Society of Alberta and policies and procedures of LAA.
Negotiate competent resolutions of files to achieve early, cost effective and lasting outcomes for clients.
Litigation at various court levels, including appeals.
Complete and accurate statistical, time entry and 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 in good standing with the Law Society of Alberta.
Minimum 3 years of experience in criminal law practice, focused on trial work.
Knowledge and Skills:
Previous experience in youth, family, immigration and/or litigation practice is an asset.
Familiarity and/or experience in board or volunteer work in the non-for-profit sector is an asset.
Prior work experience within a law firm and/or a public service environment is an asset.
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively.
Advocacy, problem solving, communication, negotiation skills 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, SharePoint), Remote Courtroom Scheduling (RCS), web-based legal research tools, and other web-based resources.
Ability to work with clients who have complex needs either through physical or mental disability, substance abuse, or living situations that impede their ability to resolve legal matters.
What We Offer
Perks of working with us
RRSP employer contribution
Work and life balance
Health and dental benefits
Health and wellness accounts
Employee assistance program
Work from home opportunities (in line with public health guidance)