To provide legal representation and advice to persons in immigration detention or who are at risk of being placed in immigration detention in Ontario. Representation is before the IRB, the Federal Courts and the Superior Court as required. This position will assist RLO management with the administration of the RLO’s immigration detention duty counsel services, including providing direct representation, mentorship and supervision of other RLO staff, developing training materials on detention law, and developing strategic litigation priorities. We are seeking someone with the ability to work co-operatively with other staff in a high pressure, team based environment. This person should also demonstrate empathy towards, and a commitment to, immigrants and refugees and must be able to “hit the ground running” by immediately assuming a varied and complex detention caseload.
• Representing immigration detainees at detention reviews and providing summary legal advice to Immigration detainees;
• Representing immigration detainees in Federal Court and Superior Court matters related to detention issues;
• Assisting RLO management with the administration of the Immigration Detention Duty Counsel program;
• Providing mentorship to other RLO lawyers on immigration detention matters;
• Assisting with the supervision of paralegals and other non-lawyer staff on immigration detention matters;
• Participating in legal education initiatives related to immigration detention matters;
• Representing clients in other refugee and immigration matters as required, including at the RPD, IAD, RAD, Federal Court and in applications to IRCC and CBSA;
• Performing other duties as assigned.
• Must be member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario;
• Demonstrated experience in refugee and immigration law in Canada;
• Must have experience in immigration detention issues, including appellate level matters;
• Demonstrated commitment to assisting vulnerable persons with precarious immigration status in Canada, including those with mental health challenges, histories of addiction and/or trauma, histories of domestic and gender based violence, and experiences of LGBTQ+ discrimination/persecution;
• Training and mentorship experience in a legal setting an asset;
• Must have intermediate knowledge of the following Microsoft programs; Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
• Ability to work independently and unsupervised in a fast-paced environment while also demonstrating collaboration and teamwork with colleagues and other stakeholders
To apply submit a cover letter & résumé.
This position is represented by the Society of United Professionals 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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