Employment lawyer (contract position)

Mobile Legal and Social Justice Initiative (Eastern Sub‑Region)

Community legal clinics are funded by Legal Aid Ontario. We provide legal services, legal education, and law reform work for low‑income residents in our respective communities. We are seeking an employment law lawyer to join our Mobile Legal and Social Justice Initiative (MLSJI) team. The primary goal of the MLSJI is to enhance the capacity of the clinics in Southwestern Ontario to provide full employment law services to low income individuals residing in the region.

This is a full‑time contract position that is covering a parental leave which will commence September 2019. The duration of the parental leave is anticipated to be about 10 months.

The successful candidate will work directly with the following clinics: Mississauga Community Legal Services, Halton Community Legal Services, the Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington County, the Grey Bruce Community Legal Clinic, and Waterloo Region Community Legal Services.

The candidate is expected to primarily work from home and travel to these legal clinics and possibly on occasion their respective satellite clinics and their community stakeholders. As travel is required for this position, the candidate is expected to have their own vehicle.

Qualifications include:

  • Relevant experience in employment law issues specifically related to the Employment Standards Act and Wrongful Dismissal jurisprudence;
  • Effective advocacy and strong litigation skills;
  • Commitment to social justice and broader poverty law issues and an interest in community advocacy;
  • Ability to deliver high quality legal services to disadvantaged individuals;
  • Willingness to work from home and travel throughout the sub‑region;
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and with local clinics and with the other employment lawyers of this program;
  • Membership in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario;
  • Knowledge of Employment Insurance, Occupational Health & Safety, and provincial/federal human rights legislation, is an asset;
  • Ability to provide legal services in French is an asset.

In addition to the practice of law, the successful candidate will collaborate with their assigned clinics to design the employment law service that reflects the local needs of their communities and the sub‑region as a whole. Additional duties will include providing training to clinic staff, community development, public legal education and law reform initiatives.

Applications must include a resume, cover letter and 2 letters of reference to be received no later than July 12, 2019, either by email to kwand@lao.on.ca, fax (905‑273‑4255), courier, or mail addressed to:

Mr. Douglas Kwan
Co - Executive Director
RE: Employment Lawyer Contract Position
Mississauga Community Legal Services
130 Dundas St. E, Suite 504
Mississauga, Ontario L5A 3V8

While this initiative has received financial support from Legal Aid Ontario, Mississauga Community Legal Services is solely responsible for its content.

We thank all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.