Public Legal Education Lawyer

Public Legal Education Lawyer

The Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA) is seeking a full-time Public Legal Education Lawyer to further CPLEA’s mission of advancing social justice. Renowned for its educational activities in addressing justice-related issues, CPLEA has well-established relationships locally, nationally, and internationally within the legal, research, education, library, and non-profit sectors.

As the Public Legal Education Lawyer, you will conduct legal and community-based research to develop engaging and effective plain language legal resources to enhance Albertans’ access to justice. You will conduct interactive legal education workshops throughout Alberta for community members and frontline service providers to empower Albertans and support public engagement with the law.

Working with an experienced and dynamic multidisciplinary team of professional, technical, and support staff, you will also be responsible for managing special projects as assigned and conducting legal review of materials developed by other staff members.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Carries out legal and community-based research, including literature reviews, case law and legislative research, and community needs assessments.
  • Develops public legal education resources for a variety of mediums from print to web.
  • Provides legal review of material produced by CPLEA staff members.
  • Develops and delivers legal education workshops throughout Alberta for a variety of audiences. Travel is required for some workshops.
  • Manages short and long-term public legal education projects, as assigned.
  • Participates in testing and evaluation of resources.
  • Writes articles for LawNow digital magazine and other publications, as required.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Law degree (LLB or JD). Eligible for membership in the Law Society of Alberta.
  • A minimum of three year’s experience post-call in either a traditional or non-traditional law environment would be an asset.
  • Strong writing and research ability.
  • Experience writing educational materials or plain language legal materials.
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative multi-disciplinary setting.
  • Strong public presentation skills and the ability to develop and deliver workshops for a variety of audiences.
  • Experience managing programs or projects with strong project development skills.
  • Experience in the non-profit sector or a public interest law environment would be preferred.
  • Strong interest in access to justice.
  • Community development experience is an asset.
  • Experience working collaboratively with vulnerable Albertans is an asset.
  • Knowledge of family law, residential tenancy law, or condominium law would be an asset.
  • Driver’s license and access to a vehicle.

To Apply: Please submit a covering letter and resume to Amelia Martin, Executive Director: amartin @ cplea.ca  by 5 p.m. on July 29, 2015.

This is a full-time position. The salary is competitive for a position in the non-profit sector.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates’ education and experience best meets the needs of the position. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

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