JOB OPPORTUNITY – Legal Director for the new Park Extension Legal Clinic service point
Having received funding to open a third service point, the Mile End Legal Clinic (MELC) is recruiting a Legal Director to oversee the opening and operations of the new Park Extension Legal Clinic (PELC), as well as help manage case files from MELC’s other two service points.
The Mile End Legal Clinic is a registered charity whose mission is to improve access to justice by providing free, walk-in legal consultations in Montreal. Since 2002, the Clinic has offered legal information, summary legal advice and provided timely legal support to individuals who do not qualify for Legal Aid but do not have the means to hire a lawyer. Weekly consultations are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings, at the Tyndale
St-Georges Community Centre (in the Little Burgundy neighbourhood) and the Mile End Community Mission respectively; PELC consultations will be held at the offices of the project partner, the Comité d’action de Parc-Extension (CAPE).
MELC works with over 30 volunteer lawyers and has partnerships with the Faculties of Law of McGill University and Université de Montréal through their legal clinic courses, hosting 12 students per year. In this sense, the Clinic also has an educational mandate.
To learn more about the organization, visit http://www.justicemontreal.org.
Under the authority of the Executive Director, the role and responsibilities of the Legal Director are the following:
- Create an implementation plan to open and operate the PELC, in collaboration with the project partner, the CAPE;
- Build awareness of and promote PELC services in the Park Extension neighbourhood, including fostering relationships with community organizations and with representatives at each level of government;
- Supervise PELC’s weekly consultation sessions held at CAPE and manage legal services offered by the Clinic, including ensuring adequate follow-ups for client files and supervision of law students;
- Jointly with the Executive Director, ensure follow-ups of client files of the other two MELC service points, and act as the organization’s legal counsel; most notably, by reviewing and editing demand letters, legal proceedings, and providing summary legal advice;
- Collaborate with volunteer lawyers on cases requiring their intervention, and facilitate their involvement in the organization;
- Develop a public legal education workshop in partnership with local organizations and according to their needs;
- As MELC grows, work with the Executive Director to elaborate a strategic review of clinic operations, to ensure resources and services are used and delivered most efficiently and effectively.
Profile of Candidate
Candidates should be members of the Barreau du Québec for a minimum of two years, have a mastery of both English and French, and strong communication and management skills, notably practical and relevant experience in managing legal files. Experience in civil litigation is an asset.
Candidates should be knowledgeable about access to justice issues and be dedicated to this principle, as well as be open to working with a diverse clientele. Persons considered will have a demonstrated interest for public legal education, social justice, have an entrepreneurial spirit, show a strong sense of initiative, and a demonstrated ability to work autonomously.
This position offers a flexible and stimulating environment. The candidate selected will have considerable influence on the structure, form and operation of the PELC.
Conditions of Employment
This is a 12-month full-time contract with the possibility of renewal; the expected start date is March 27th, 2017. Salary is fixed by grant at $40,000/year, plus coverage of Barreau du Québec fees and professional liability insurance. Candidates must be available one to two evenings per week for consultation sessions (Tuesdays 16:30 to 19:30 to be confirmed, and/or Wednesdays 16:00 to 19:00).
Applications will be accepted until Monday, February 20th, 2017 at 17:00. To apply, send a cover letter and CV to the attention of Me Leslie Ning, Executive Director, at email@example.com.
We encourage persons who reflect the linguistic, ethnic or cultural background of Park Extension to apply. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
PDF Format: Offer of employment – Legal Director – PELC