Regulatory Law Chambers (“RLC”) is in search of a lawyer with 1-2 years experience (or potentially an articling student) who is a high performing, hard working, responsible individual that enjoys working in a team environment. The Supervised Legal Services Provider will support the Legal Services Director and other RLC team members to successfully achieve the oil, gas and electricity related regulatory objectives of RLC’s clients.
Essential Job Functions/Responsibilities
- Conducting legal, policy and general research and preparing legal memoranda and regulatory submissions.
- Supporting tolls and tariff related matters before the National Energy Board and the Alberta Utilities Commission.
- Providing supporting research for electricity matters before the Alberta Utilities Commission.
- Providing support for all matters before the energy regulators and proceedings, including appeals resulting therefrom.
- Conducting legal research and preparing legal opinions.
- Tracking filings, monitoring progress, regularly updating clients on filing progress, preparing workplans, scheduling and conducting status meetings with key client leads.
- Preparation of academic regulatory papers, in the form of RLC's monthly newsletter or otherwise.
- Keeping accurate and complete daily time entries.
- Regular and predictable work site attendance.
- Ability to work under stressful conditions.
- Ability to work overtime hours when required to fulfill job responsibilities in timely manner.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
- Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, and other office procedures and terminology.
- Client and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing client and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of client satisfaction.
- Computers and Electronics — Usage knowledge of electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications.
- English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal proceeding procedures, precedents, government regulations, agency rules, and the public interest criteria.
- Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. Curious and constantly striving to understand why.
- Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions and ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities.
- Good communication – ability to connect, understand and act.
- Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative benefits and detriments of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. Ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion in performing tasks.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
- Organization – Ability to assess and synthesize materials to organize in effective manner.
- Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
- Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Research – Solid research and academic training.
- Responsible and respectful – Towards self, job responsibilities, RLC team members, clients and experts and other industry people. “Can-do” attitude demonstrating hands-on accountability for work and work product.
- Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Team Player — A desire to achieve consensus and involve others in decision making, caring about fellow team members, being accountable for problems and trying to understand other points of view.
- Time/Energy Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others to provide support in multiple concurrent projects.
- Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Education and Experience Requirements
- An LL.B.
- A member in good standing of the Law Society of Alberta, admitted to the Alberta Bar or eligible to be admitted after completion of articling.
- Any commerce or engineering related education would be an asset.
- Experience working with energy clients in complex regulatory proceedings is an asset