Community Legal Services (Student Legal Aid Clinic)
Lawyer/Review Counsel (SLASS)
Full-time, Permanent (Thunder Bay Campus)
Payband 9 - $76,991 to $96,238
Community Legal Services is Lakehead University'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 of Review Counsel, students provide legal assistance to low income members of the Thunder Bay community. 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 a Review Counsel.
The clinic currently provides legal service in the areas of Criminal Law, Provincial Offences, Tenants Rights, and Civil disputes (Small Claims Court). With the addition of a Review Counsel, we are seeking to expand our services within Thunder Bay as well as the region. Some travel will be required. Experience delivering legal services in remote Northern/Aboriginal communities is an asset.
Reporting to the Clinic Director, the Review Counsel's responsibilities include:
- Comprehensive and detailed supervision and evaluation of the work of law students including 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;
- 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;
- JD or LLB degree;
- Membership in the Law Society of Upper Canada (licenced to practise law in Ontario);
- Minimum of 5-15 years' experience as a practising lawyer;
- A demonstrated ability in serving low-income clients and persons with disabilities in a respectful and sensitive manner;
- Demonstrated cultural competencies/experience serving Aboriginal persons/familiarity with Aboriginal communities in Northern Ontario;
- Interest and experience in areas of social justice and poverty law;
- Proven ability to supervise and mentor students;
- Familiarity with Legal Aid Ontario, its mandate and structure.
Interested applicants are to submit their curriculum vitae, cover letter and the names of three references as a single pdf document to:
Office of Human Resources
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