Queen's University Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Mar 19, 2017Full time
Queen’s Business Law Clinic (QBLC) is both a year-round legal clinic and a clinical education program. Law students at QBLC provide pro-bono legal services to the local small business community and to not-for profit organizations, working under the supervision of the Director. As a clinical education program, QBLC serves approximately 20 law student caseworkers each year, who are registered in Law 438: Queen’s Business Law Clinic. These student caseworkers perform their clinical duties for academic credit. The clinic also employs two summer students to manage client files from May to August. The Director reports to the Executive Director and has responsibility for the delivery of legal services by the clinic, for the design and instruction of Law 438: Queen’s Business Law Clinic and for the supervision and academic assessment of student caseworkers. The Director is ultimately responsible for operating decisions at QBLC and for clinic compliance with guidelines established for clinical education programs at the Faculty of Law. The Director is governed by the Law Society of Upper Canada, a regulatory body for all Ontario-based lawyers, and must personally practice in compliance with the provincial Barristers Act, Law Society Act, Legal Aid Services Act and Solicitors Act, as well as the provincial Rules of Professional Conduct. The Director has responsibility for clinic compliance with these same statutes and rules. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Supervise law students including preparing students for their duties, reviewing file work, providing feedback, developing client management skills and other support as needed. Counsel students personally and professionally to ensure the quality of clinic services, including teaching, guiding legal research, scrutinizing legal writing and professional correspondence, monitoring client and file management techniques, ensuring adherence to deadlines and undertakings. Assist with securing client work for the clinic, promoting the clinic to students and future clients through presentations to various organizations, including the Kingston Economic Development Corporation, entrepreneur groups, attending small business fairs and other activities. Preparation of funding applications and periodic reports for the Dean and/or funding agencies/donors as needed. Monitor professional services delivered by the clinic, including adherence to all applicable statutes and rules, and the timely delivery of competent professional legal services to all of its clients. Manage clinic operational and administrative matters, including compliance with guidelines, policies and procedures, analyzing data and deciding the scope and nature of QBLC activities. Design, instruct and evaluate the academic program in Law 438: Queen’s Business Law Clinic including grading student caseworkers, staying current on developments in the pedagogy of clinical legal education, and carrying out academic and administrative duties as required. Attend at continuing legal education programs and conduct legal research to stay aware of legal developments that affect QBLC clients specifically and practical developments that affect the general delivery of legal services. Membership on Clinical Legal Education Committee of Faculty Board. Ensure the provision of community legal education, law reform activities and legal support to clients and client groups by: Producing materials for community education in the form of pamphlets, articles, manuals and self-help kits Participating in the development and organization of outreach programmes for specific groups Acting as Clinic resource person in various community organizations Preparing legal briefs and other law reform activities Preparing a programme of educational seminars designed for the client community, giving speeches, workshops, and other educational activities Lobbying and advocating for law reform in cooperation with other clinics and groups Participating in inter-clinic activities as appropriate REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: LL.B. or J.D. degree L1 membership in good standing in the Law Society of Upper Canada Three to five years of job-related experience preferred. Familiarity with legal practice and with types of community resources available to QBLC clients Administrative experience, including personnel and office management Teaching or supervisory experience with students SPECIAL SKILLS: Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and presentation skills. Exceptional professional judgment, common sense and flexibility. Awareness of ethical and professional standards required for proper delivery of legal services. Ability to work on complex tasks and meet deadlines despite many interruptions. Exceptional supervisory skills. High sensitivity to needs and demands of consumers and providers of professional services, especially where the latter are students. Excellent attention to detail, coupled with capacity to conceptualize, think creatively and strategically. Exceptional teaching skills, including the ability to recognize and adapt to students with varying academic backgrounds and levels of legal experience. Ability to analyze quickly and to respond in crisis situations. Demonstrated capacity for diplomacy, tact and discretion. DECISION MAKING: Leading the consideration of operational decisions, policies and procedures for QBLC, on both a day-to-day and a longer term planning basis. Selecting appropriate clients for QBLC (establishing broad guidelines and then deciding upon applications from individual applicants). Deciding upon appropriate referral information, when applicants are rejected as QBLC clients Determining the legal services required by clients: deciding whether the work of student caseworkers is appropriate and adequate (giving initial direction and then closely supervising all research, correspondence and representation). On occasion, identifying and responding to needs for emergency legal services, either personally or through delegation to student caseworkers. Leading the consideration of the content and instructional strategy of training programs for caseworkers; leading the consideration of the content and instructional strategy of the clinic. Determining whether student caseworkers need specific counselling or guidance and deciding how to offer this discreetly and effectively. Decisions regarding responses to complaints from clients, student caseworkers or others Managing multiple, complex, simultaneous tasks; juggling priorities to meet changing, often competing deadlines. Allocating a continuous, stable and challenging workload for student caseworkers.