• Full Time
  • Windsor

Legal Aid Ontario

Key accountabilities • Provide family law duty counsel services, including providing instructions to Legal Aid Workers (and students), preparation of court documents for eligible clients, make appropriate referrals when required, including to mediation services • Providing representation in the Ontario Court of Justice (OCJ) at first appearances, conferences, motions, negotiations, Family Responsibility Office (FRO) matters, Children’s Aid Societies matters and other court hearings and services as required • Advocate for clients in court and on court forms • Assist unrepresented eligible clients with LAO family settlement conferences as required • Assist unrepresented clients with Child Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA) matters (with document preparation and in court appearances) • Provide advice lawyer services at the Family Law Service Center (FLSC) and other advice clinics as required • Provide advice lawyer services to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) shelter clients • Ensure high quality of legal work in a cost effective manner • Maintain client files and conflict lists • Record data and produce reports as required and within established reporting times. • Assessment of clients’ needs, including the early identification of vulnerable clients, to facilitate referrals to appropriate services. • Perform other duties and administrative tasks as assigned and remain adaptable and flexible in a changing environment. Required skills & experience • Member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario • Demonstrated Knowledge and experience of relevant family law legislation and in particular child protection law and in court experience in both family and child protection matters. • Client focused • Ability to work independently in a fast paced environment • Demonstrated knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, Divorcemate and Legal Files • Sound judgment and problem solving skills • Results oriented individual and accountability • Demonstrated ability to provide sensitive and compassionate client service to those who may be victims of domestic violence • Demonstrating collaboration and teamwork with colleagues and other stakeholders • Demonstrated ability to use latest communication technologies including tablets and smartphones and ability to utilize video conferencing platforms in order to deliver services virtually (Zoom/Teams) • Demonstrated Research Skills • Ability to communicate with accuracy and fluency when speaking with clients and providing advise, as well as when representing clients in court. • Ability to draft legal documents without need for review • Ability to communicate in French is an asset. Preferred Skills & Experiences: • Sound Knowledge of Legal Aid Ontario’s operations and mandate • Prior family and CYFSA law experience • Demonstrated interest in aboriginal legal issues • Training or advocacy experience in relation to mental health issues To apply submit a cover letter & résumé. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified by email. This position is represented by the Society and the employee will be governed by the provisions of the collective agreement and union dues will be deducted bi-weekly from date of hire. Please note that all applicants are encouraged to provide a valid email address for communication purposes. Applicants may receive written correspondence regarding this job posting directly to the email address provided on their resume or to the one used to set up their Candidate Profile if applying on Njoyn. As an applicant, it is your responsibility to ensure that you check your email regularly. First time applying to LAO? You will need to create a profile AND then apply for the position. Already have an Njoyn account? Just sign in and select "my jobs" to apply. Once you have successfully applied you will receive a confirmation email. Trouble applying? For telephone support please call 1-877-427-7717 or email support: candidate.njoynhelp@cgi.com.

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