Law Clerk/Legal Assistant – Legal Services
(1) Temporary Full Time Opportunity - Bilingual Position – 12 months
The Law Clerk/Legal Assistant is responsible to the Supervisor of Legal Services and works within the guidelines and procedures established by the department contributing to the overall work of the Legal Services Department. The Law Clerk/Legal Assistant’s responsibilities include:
- Provide Society staff with information regarding legal documentation requirements in preparation for court hearings;
- Prepares complete and competent Conference Briefs, Statement of Agreed Facts and Trial Records for legal proceedings;
- Present uncontested matters before the Registrar’s Court as required under the direction of counsel and liaise with clients' counsel to confirm clients' position and negotiate details as instructed by Child Protection Workers;
- Prepares drafts of Status Review Applications on behalf of the Child Protection Worker
- Check all Notices, Applications and Affidavits for completion and accuracy;
- Liaise with the Children’s Aid Society professionals and external professionals requesting access to, or information from, files generated during CAS involvement;
- Conduct legal research as required and will also assist Counsel in the preparation of contested applications before the Court.
- Law Clerk Diploma, or B.A. Degree in Law;
2 years of experience working in a related field;
Thorough knowledge of CYFSA, Family Court Rules and procedures;
Demonstrated knowledge of society’s policies and procedures as they relate to court practices;
Proven ability in using computer software (i.e. MS Office, Lotus Notes, AS400, CPIN and Westlaw);
Ability to work in a fast paced environment with daily deadlines;
Good judgment, excellent organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to work independently, with the possibility of doing some overtime.
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the culture, history and current oppressions experienced by people related to gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation and then faced within the 2SLGBTTQIA+ communities;
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the culture, history and current oppressions experienced by Indigenous peoples and racialized communities;
- Applies anti-racist, anti-ableist, anti-indigenous racism and anti-2SLGBTTQIA+ lenses to social problems;
- Superior verbal and written communication skills in English and French are required.
We offer a competitive salary range of $48,684 to $59,706 plus an additional 6% of the base rate in lieu of insurable benefits. We offer as well generous leave provisions (such as 2 weeks of vacation after 6 months of service). Our modern workplace has excellent physical amenities including a fully equipped gym, free parking and a cafeteria. All successful candidates will benefit from a comprehensive orientation, innovative training programs, quality supervision and recognition of contributions.
If you are interested in the above opportunity, please apply online by clicking on the “Apply” link below.
We thank all applicants for their interests in the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa however we will only contact those selected for an interview.