Legal Counsel

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Legal Counsel

The Children's Aid Society of Ottawa
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Posted: June 19th 2022
Deadline: August 18th, 2022
Salary: $89,045 to $120,778 annually
Description:

The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa (CASO) is non-profit community organization funded by the Government of Ontario, legally mandated to protect children and youth from abuse and neglect. The CASO is regulated by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services  and governed by the Ontario Child, Youth and Family Services Act.

We are recruiting for a temporary Legal Counsel. This is a full-time opportunity for 12 months.

Reporting to the Senior Counsel, the Legal Counsel will provide legal advice and representation to the Society and its staff on matters pertaining to its child welfare mandate and activities, and related matters.  In this capacity, the Legal Counsel’s responsibilities will include:  

  • Provide legal advice to agency staff on the interpretation and application of legislation pertaining to child welfare, family law, and related or ancillary matters. 
  • Prepare cases for presentation in court by co-ordinating the gathering of all information and evidence, drafting pleadings, preparing affidavits, briefs and other documents for filing with the court, and preparing witnesses.  
  • Negotiate settlements and promote alternative dispute resolution. 
  • Present cases in the court on behalf of the agency, from first appearance through contested motions, conferences, to trial, and/or the negotiation of settlements.  
  • Represent the society in appeals brought by others and by the society from orders under the CYFSA, at all levels of court, as required.  
  • Represent the society on applications for disclosure of society records in criminal or other civil proceedings, in expunction hearings under the child abuse register, and in hearings before the Child and Family Services Review Board. 
  • Provide information, advice and counsel to society workers on case preparation, required evidence and court procedures.  
  • Participate in the presentation of training programs on legal matters and procedures for agency staff, foster parents and others, including the preparation and delivery of speeches and/or presentations to various groups in the community interested in child welfare law.  
  • Document all legal advice and case activities in accordance with established procedures, including reporting to client in a timely fashion. 
Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Laws degreefrom a university of recognized standing
  • Member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario
  • Knowledge of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act and regulations, the family law rules, the law of evidence
  • Knowledge of case preparation, presentation and litigation techniques
  • Demonstrated ability to provide sound legal advice and representation in complex matters with minimal guidance and supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize work
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to work as a team member
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the culture, history and current oppressions experienced by people related to gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation and then faced within the 2SLGBTTQIA+ communities
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the culture, history and current oppressions experienced by Indigenous peoples and racialized communities
  • Applies anti-racist, anti-ableist, anti-indigenous racism and anti-2SLGBTTQIA+ lenses to social problems

Assets: 

  • Experience representing any children's aid society, children or parents in child protection proceedings. 
Additional Information

Annual salary range is $89,045 to $120,778 commensurate with skills and/or experience. We offer generous leave provisions such as 4 weeks of vacation after six months.

The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa is committed to removing systemic barriers in support of moving towards more equitable hiring practices. CASO takes pride in the fact that our workforce is comprised of a diverse group of employees and serve a diverse population of clients. We are committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression. Increasing diversity is vital to provide the best possible service to the children, youth and families in our community. It is therefore important that we commit to providing a healthy work environment free of oppression for all staff. The Society recognizes the inherent dignity and worth of every employee and is committed to providing equal rights and opportunities without discrimination.

CASO is committed to a candidate selection process and work environment that is inclusive and barrier free. In order to ensure candidates are assessed in a fair and equitable manner, accommodations will be provided to prospective employees in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code.

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Contact Information
Human Resources
The Children's Aid Society of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Website: www.casott.on.ca
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