Staff Lawyer - Family

January 25 2023
Industries Legal
Categories Family, Human rights, Wills, Trust, Estates,
Toronto, ON • Full time

Family staff lawyers are responsible for providing certificate management for family law matters. The family staff lawyer will be responsible for providing expertise to the Centralized Services department on complex family law files including setting budgets for Family and CYFSA case management requests and corresponding with counsel on requests, facilitating settlement conferences and providing training, guidance and mentoring to Centralized Services staff.

Home Location: Provincial Office - Toronto
Other Locations: Not applicable

Reporting to: Director, Centralized Services

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is in the process of developing an organization-wide hybrid workplace model, taking into consideration the range of services and roles performed throughout the organization. During this development phase, the work of this role in-person presence will be required.

• Certificate management of complex family law files
• Review and set budgets for complex family law case management files which may include corresponding with counsel and follow up with certificate management
• Facilitate settlement conferences including conducting settlement conferences and follow up which may include corresponding with counsel and drafting minutes of settlement and preparing certificate reports
• Co-ordination of family law certificate management service delivery taking an integrated approach across the district and region
• Train and mentor staff and provide guidance to Centralized Services staff
• Provide input and family law expertise to staff and other departments
• Act as liaison between Centralized Services and other departments
• Work collaboratively with other LAO departments as well as external stakeholders to address any issues or concerns that may impact client service
• Perform other duties and administrative tasks as assigned

• Member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario
• Demonstrated family law experience and knowledge of relevant family law legislation, including child protection law and Family Responsibility Office (FRO) legislation with the ability to research and retrieve information as required
• Demonstrated experience handling complex family legal issues
• Experience practicing law as a family duty counsel or lawyer including providing advice, Summary Legal Advice Family (SLAF), mediation, settlement conferences, trials etc.
• Client focused with personal motivation and accountability
• Ability to work independently, with limited supervision, and to lead in a fast-paced environment
• Sound judgment and problem solving skills
• Ability to work as a team with other Legal Aid Workers, staff lawyers, per diem Duty Counsel and Managers
• Ability to determine legal and financial eligibility based on LAO eligibility criteria and to generate certificates in accordance with office procedures and standard formats and to submit files and appropriate documentation to area office staff for processing;
• Knowledge of relevant legislation, including the Criminal Code of Canada, the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
• Intermediate level skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and other office applications. Experience with DivorceMate, Legal Files and PeopleSoft is an asset.
• Demonstrated ability to use latest communication technologies including tablets and smartphones and ability to utilize video conferencing platforms in order to deliver services virtually.
• Ability to communicate in French is an asset.

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.

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