Legal Counsel (2 Positions)
Legal Officer 2 / Legal Officer 3
Alberta Justice & Solicitor General, Edmonton. Do you enjoy the analytical side of legal work? If so, you will find these two vacancies of interest. Each offers a rare opportunity to review, critique and augment legal argument in a venue where the results of your work may influence the development of the law.
The Court of Appeal of Alberta sits in both Edmonton and Calgary and hears appeals from the Court of Queen's Bench, Provincial Court and administrative tribunals. Members of the Alberta Court of Appeal are the core of both the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Courts of Appeal.
Legal Counsel to Chief Justice - Legal Officer 3:
The Senior Legal Counsel reports to and works closely with the Chief Justice of Alberta. In assisting the Chief Justice in her roles as Administrator of the Province, top judge, Court administrator, judicial educator, and public speaker, you will provide high-level research on a wide range of topics which may be legal, social, institutional, economic or procedural in nature. This work involves analyzing case law and statutes, assessing their impact, and providing advice and/or interpretations on a wide range of complex matters relating to legal issues. This position may also involve reviewing appeal matters before the Court, and drafting pre-hearing summaries, briefs and memoranda.
Other duties may include, but are not limited to:
• Drafting speeches, papers and other written material for the Chief Justice
• Serving on committees
• Participating in special projects
• Any other function or work in the nature of barrister and solicitor services required by the Chief Justice
The ideal candidate will take a proactive approach to identifying, assessing and referring to the Chief Justice legal matters which involve issues of substantial importance, and must be able to propose strategic solutions and successfully implement changes as required. This will require the incumbent to have the ability to think and analyze situations quickly in a demanding environment.
Legal Counsel - Legal Officer 2:
The Legal Counsel will assist two Court of Appeal Justices. You will help the Justices prepare for the hearing of appeals and applications, do legal research, prepare legal memoranda, edit materials, and draft various communications. You will be required to assist with administrative responsibilities, work co-operatively with other Justices and court legal counsel, and supervise articling students.
The position is intellectually demanding and offers an exceptional opportunity to work closely with an Appellate Judge(s) on a daily basis. As well, you will work with the Justice(s) in a mentoring relationship, and will gain a unique and valuable perspective in the practice of appellate law and written advocacy.
For both positions, exceptional organizational, problem-solving, prioritizing/multi-tasking skills, and exemplary written and verbal communication skills, are essential. Well-developed legal research skills are also required. The incumbent must be able to work in a highly demanding environment with limited supervision.
Salary commensurate with experience:
Legal Officer 2 - $5,517.78 - $6,833.07 bi-weekly
Legal Officer 3 - $7,115.61 - $7,889.89 bi-weekly. Closing Date: April 30, 2018. Job ID #1048187
• Legal Officer 3 - A Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD) degree along with a minimum of eleven (11) years of legal experience is required. A master's degree is preferred. Extensive experience with Canadian legal research tools and well-developed research skills are also required. Related work, law journal and legal writing experience would be beneficial. Eligibility for entrance to the Law Society of Alberta is required.
• Legal Officer 2 - A Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD) degree along with a minimum of four (4) years of legal experience is required. Extensive experience with Canadian legal research tools and well-developed research skills are also required. Related work, law journal and legal writing experience would be beneficial. Eligibility for entrance to the Law Society of Alberta is required.
Both positions are two-year contract positions from the date of commencement with the possibility of renewal.
Final candidates for this position will be asked to undergo a security screening.
This competition may be used to fill future permanent and temporary full-time and part-time vacancies.
Please submit your application online by selecting the "Apply Now" tab, located on the top or bottom of this posting, and following the corresponding prompts. As only one file can be uploaded to your online application, please ensure your cover letter, resume and any other related documents are submitted in one file.
If you are unable to submit your application online, you may submit your application, quoting the Job ID, to Tetyana Adamyk, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General: by mail at 9th Floor, John E. Brownlee Building, 10365 97 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 3W7; by email at Tetyana.Adamyk@gov.ab.ca; or by fax at 780.644.1395.
Please provide a valid email address with your application as interview invitations are most often sent out via email.
For individuals who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada, we recommend that they obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) and include their IQAS assessment certificate as part of their resume.
We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. All applications will be reviewed and only the most suitable candidates will be contacted to interview.
Although this competition is closing on April 30, 2018, please continue to check jobs.alberta.ca for all career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.