Legal Counsel 2 or 3
Permanent, Full-Time (Victoria)
Indigenous Legal Relations, Barrister Unit
Natural Resources, Transportation and Indigenous Legal Group
Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Attorney General
- this position is excluded from union membership
- an eligibility list may be established
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The Natural Resources, Transportation and Indigenous Legal Group, Indigenous Relation Relations, Barrister Unit, is recruiting a permanent, full-time barrister - specifically, a Legal Counsel 2 (six to 11 years of call), or a Legal Counsel 3 (12 years of call or more).
Indigenous legal issues can affect almost all aspects of Crown conduct, and British Columbia is at the forefront of these issues in terms of Court decisions, policy development and the reconciliation of Aboriginal and Crown titles and jurisdiction. Aboriginal law in Canada has developed at a considerable pace since the enactment of the Constitution Act, 1982 and its inclusion of section 35, which constitutionally recognizes and affirms the existing Aboriginal and treaty rights of Indigenous peoples of Canada. For more than 20 years within Legal Services Branch, there has been a dedicated group of lawyers providing clients with trusted, thoughtful advice and representation in this highly specialized and critical legal area. This is a great opportunity to be part of an exciting and challenging area of law that continues to evolve rapidly.
The ability of the successful candidate to work independently and as part of litigation teams conducting Aboriginal rights and title trials, judicial reviews, tribunal hearings, and appeals at all Court levels is essential. The successful candidate will be responsible for appearing (independently, or as co-counsel) on behalf of the Provincial government or statutory decision-makers at all levels of Court and before administrative tribunals on Aboriginal law issues. Conducting legal research, drafting pleadings, applications, legal arguments and factums is expected, as well as the ability to manage large volumes of documents. There will also be the expectation to develop an expertise in Aboriginal law, to keep current and identify trends in the law and innovative responses to new and evolving claims against the Crown. Briefing or reporting to clients on file developments will also be required.
The successful candidate must have current knowledge of Canadian law in relation to Aboriginal rights and title issues, or current knowledge of constitutional and/or administrative law, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, the Draft Principles that guide the Province of British Columbia’s Relationship with Indigenous Peoples, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. In addition, the successful candidate must have excellent organizational skills, and the ability to manage files with competing priorities and deadlines, strong written and oral communication skills, as well as a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively are essential. Travel may be required.
The Attorney General is the legal advisor to the government of British Columbia and is charged with ensuring that the administration of public affairs is carried out in accordance with the law. The Ministry of Attorney General is structured to carry out this mandate under the direction of the Attorney General, and Legal Services Branch supports the Ministry in fulfilling this mandate by serving as legal advisor to government in civil law matters. Legal Services Branch provides legal advice to government and ensures that legal risks associated with government operations are reduced. Legal Services Branch’s clients include all Ministries of the government, Cabinet and certain public agencies.
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NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on the closing date of the competition.
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined in the attached job description:
Preference may be given to applicants who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit)
IMPORTANT: Where there is a difference between the qualifications reflected in the posting and the Job Profile, those stated on the job posting will be used for screening and/or assessment purposes.
Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached job description located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.
A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.
Cover Letter: YES - A cover letter is required as part of your application. The content and/or format of your cover letter may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.
Resume: YES - Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history, including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.
Questionnaire: YES - You will be required to answer a standard questionnaire.