Lawyer / Review Counsel (Civil Litigation/Employment)

Lakehead University Community Legal Services

Full-time, Permanent

Community Legal Services is Lakehead University Faculty of Law's Student Legal Aid Clinic (SLASS). Our mandate is to provide excellent legal service to low income clients, as well as an experience based clinical educational program for Lakehead Law students. Under the direct supervision and mentorship of Review Counsel, students provide legal assistance to low income persons in the city and district of Thunder Bay. Our work includes individual case files, community outreach, advocacy projects, public legal education and teaching.

We are seeking an energetic, enthusiastic lawyer with sound judgement, and excellent interpersonal skills, to join the clinic as Review Counsel. The clinic currently provides legal service in the areas of Criminal Law, Provincial Offences, Tenants Rights, and Civil disputes (Small Claims Court), Wills/Powers of Attorney and Criminal Injury Compensation Board applications. With the addition of this position, we would like to expand our services to include plaintiff side Employment law.

This position requires a lawyer with a minimum of 5 years of civil litigation experience. The candidate must be able to supervise students in Small Claims Court matters, and Residential Tenancies applications before the LTB. Some experience in Employment law is strongly preferred. Experience drafting simple wills and powers of attorney would also be an asset. Some travel within the district will be required. Experience delivering legal services in remote Northern/Indigenous communities is an asset.

Review Counsel will also be called upon to teach portions of the Clinic Course. To that end, we seek individuals who enjoy being in the classroom and have a passion for teaching and mentoring students.

Reporting to the Clinic Director, the Review Counsel's responsibilities include:

  • Comprehensive and detailed supervision / mentoring of law students in the areas of written and oral advocacy, client management, file management, legal analysis, legal research, legal drafting, legal problem solving, negotiations and professional ethics;
  • Supervision of students in the delivery of satellite services within the district of Thunder Bay including Nipigon, Marathon and Greenstone;
  • Provision of legal services directly to clients when necessary;
  • Development, implementation and supervision of public legal education, community outreach and advocacy projects;
  • Assisting the Director with delivery and evaluation of the Clinic course or other teaching assignments as determined;

Qualifications:

  • JD or LLB degree;
  • Membership in the Law Society of Upper Canada (licenced to practise law in Ontario);
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in Civil Litigation with some experience in Employment law;
  • A demonstrated ability in serving low‑income clients and persons with disabilities in a respectful and sensitive manner;
  • Demonstrated cultural competencies / experience serving Indigenous persons / familiarity with Indigenous communities in Northern Ontario;
  • Excellent attention to detail and proven time management skills;
  • Interest and experience in areas of social justice;
  • Proven ability to supervise and mentor students;
  • Familiarity with Legal Aid Ontario, its mandate and structure.

This is a full-time, permanent position. Salary range $79,318.62 to $99,147.73, commensurate with experience. The position comes with a generous benefit package and pension plan. If you are interested in applying for this position please contact:

Lakehead University
Office of Human Resources
careers@lakeheadu.ca

Interested applicants should submit a single pdf document containing their curriculum vitae, the names of three work related references and cover letter outlining their experience. The deadline for applications is 5:00 pm on Monday January 14th, 2019. Questions about this position can be directed to Kimberley Gagan at directorlucls.law@lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons and persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identify or gender expression. Lakehead University is committed to an environment of open access to employment opportunities. Accommodations are available for all applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources. We appreciate your interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be notified.

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