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Health Justice Initiative Program Lawyer

St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team and Neighbourhood Legal Services (Toronto)

The Health Justice Initiative Program (the “Program”) is a medical legal partnership between St. Michael’s Hospital and Neighbourhood Legal Services (NLS). Other legal partners included in the Program are Aboriginal Legal Services, ARCH Disability Law Centre and the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario. The Program seeks a lawyer on a permanent full-time basis.

The lawyer will work on-site at St. Michael’s Family Health Team clinic sites but will be an employee of NLS, a community legal clinic with a mandate to advance and defend the rights of low-income community members residing in the east side of downtown Toronto.


  • Provide summary advice, brief services & supervise assisted referrals for patients of St. Michael’s Hospital Family Health Team
  • Train health care providers to identify issues that may require legal assistance, and deliver rights education to patients
  • Work with health providers and legal partners on advocacy, community development & law reform initiatives
  • Participate, along with Program partners, in ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the Program
  • Maintain Program statistics & draft reports for funders
  • Supervise law students, including University of Toronto externship students
  • Perform other duties as required.


The successful candidate will be a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada. They will be a committed social justice advocate who is able to work both independently and as part of a team, and will have personal experience with or knowledge of issues facing equity-seeking communities. Preference will be given to bilingual (English/French) candidates and those with a minimum of three years experience in human rights law, as well as experience in one or more of the following practice areas: income maintenance, housing, immigration, employment, family and criminal law.

To apply

Application deadline: Thursday, October 12, 2017 (5:00 p.m. E.S.T.)

We welcome applications from individuals from historically disadvantaged groups. Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, résumé and references by e-mail to:

Ms. Geraldine Thompson, Neighbourhood Legal Services

Compensation will be discussed at the interview. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted, at which time they will have an opportunity to request accommodations during the interview process.