Job descriptionLegal Aid Alberta is seeking to fill a full time permanent Staff Family Lawyer role in our Edmonton office. This position will appeal to an individual that is familiar with Court of King’s Bench family law processes, Provincial Child Welfare and family law processes, is client focused, well-organized and is strong in delivering high-quality results. Who We Are We are Legal Aid Alberta. We believe in an Alberta where everyone is able to understand and protect their legal rights. As apublicly funded, non-profit organization, we provide affordable legal services in family law, domestic violence, child welfare, immigration, and youth and adult criminal defense. We are Alberta-wide: Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Siksika Nation, and Wetaskiwin. We work together to serve Albertans, protecting their rights and ensuring a fair legal process. Who You Are Working at Legal Aid Alberta means you care about people and empathize with their situation. You have excellent communication skills especially in tough situations. You are knowledgeable in many areas of family law and practice in the Court of King’s Bench, including but not limited to Divorce Act, Family Property Act, Family Law Act, Alberta Rules of Court, and other applicable legislations. You have a thorough understanding of the various legal processes of the Court of King’s Bench. You are familiar with Child Welfare legislation and processes. You are a quick thinker, able to provide sound advice and thrive in a fast-paced work environment. You have strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as enjoy learning new things and can adapt to change quickly. You care deeply about the success of our team and have solid understanding of our organization’s mission and values. Job Description Reporting to the Legal Services Manager, some of the key responsibilities include: Represent clients within professional standards and in accordance with the Rules and Code of Conduct of the Law Society of Alberta and the policies and procedures of LAA. Represent clients in family law matters in the Court of King’s Bench, including but not limited to Divorce Act, Family Property Act, Family Law Act, Alberta Rules of Court and other applicable legislations. Represent clients in Provincial Court for child welfare and family matters High level competence with computer based programs is necessary Able to manage high conflict situations Complete and accurate statistical record keeping Compliance with office policy and procedures Participate in performance reviews and staff meetings as required Qualifications Education and Experience: Law degree from a recognized law school. Active member of the Law Society of Alberta. Minimum 5 years of related experience in Family law matters in the Court of King’s Bench and Provincial Court, including but not limited to in the areas of Divorce Act, Family Property Act, Family Law Act, Alberta Rules of Court and other applicable legislation Familiarity with child welfare proceedings Strong litigation experience. Strong client management skills Training and/or experience in settlement of family files from an “interest-based” approach is an asset Knowledge and Skills: Alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and negotiation skills Legal analysis and application of law to relevant facts Trial and pre-trial advocacy Problem solving and conflict resolution Ability to re-direct emotionally driven clients to a reasonable outcome Demonstrated time management and ability to deal with conflicting priorities and deadlines. Ability to manage work in high pressure and high conflict situations Ability to investigate facts, identify issues, consider alternative solutions, analyze risk and advise clients on the appropriate course of action Understanding of community referral resources available to assist clients in complex situations What We Offer Perks of working with us 8% RRSP employer contribution Competitive wage Paid professional days Paid Vacation days Winter closure (paid time off) Work life balance Health and dental benefits Health and wellness accounts Employee assistance program How to Apply If you got excited at the prospect of being part of our tram when you reviewed this posting and you meet the minimum qualifications, select "Apply Now" to apply for this position. Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Requirements Successful candidate will be required to provide an acceptable criminal record check.
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