Staff lawyer

Halton Community Legal Services

1 year contract (maternity leave) ‑ commencing November  2019

Halton Community Legal Services (HCLS) is a community legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario that provides legal services to the low‑income population in Halton Region. HCLS is a registered charity and a not‑for‑profit corporation under the laws of Ontario. HCLS is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. We are committed to providing high quality legal services and responding to the needs of our community in innovative ways, through a client centered and trauma‑informed lens.

JOB TITLE: Staff Lawyer

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

SALARY: Salary and benefits in accordance with Legal Aid Ontario guidelines and clinic policies

TO APPLY: Please apply via e‑mail addressed to the Hiring Committee with a cover letter and resume by September 27, 2019 to: with the subject title "Staff Lawyer".

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


  • Provide summary advice, brief service, referrals, advocacy for clients and representation at all levels of tribunals and court, as required;
  • Deliver and develop public legal information sessions to the community, as requested;
  • Engage in community development and law reform activities;
  • Deliver Tenant Duty Counsel Services.


The successful candidate must:

  • Be a lawyer licensed and in good standing to practice law in Ontario;
  • Have an understanding of poverty in Halton and the unique issues and challenges our community experiences;
  • Demonstrated ability in the areas of law in which HCLS practices (i.e. human rights, housing, social assistance, and employment);
  • Have experience in community development and delivering public legal education (PLE) sessions;
  • Be able to travel throughout Halton and surrounding area;
  • Be able to work with clients who have complex needs, creatively problem solve, and work independently as well as part of a team.