Staff lawyer

Waterloo Region Community Legal Services and Brant Haldimand Norfolk Legal Clinic

Contract position

Waterloo Region Community Legal Services (“WRCLS”) and Brant Haldimand Norfolk Legal Clinic (“BHNLC”) are non-profit legal clinics funded by Legal Aid Ontario. We provide legal services to low-income residents of the Region of Waterloo and the Brant Haldimand Norfolk region, respectively, in various areas of poverty law including Landlord Tenant, Income Maintenance, Immigration, Employment and Consumer Debt.

WRCLS and BHNLC are seeking a junior to mid-level lawyer for a contract position to work on a project delivering legal advice and representation to employees experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace. The contract will be from the date of hire to March 31, 2021, with a possibility of renewal. The candidate will be employed by WRCLS but will provide legal services for both clinics. In addition to providing legal advice and representation to clients, the successful candidate will provide public legal education and community outreach as well as lead and/or support community and law reform initiatives.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated interest in human rights, employment law, social justice, law reform and community development work in addition to strong administrative law and litigation skills.

Qualifications Include:

  • Preferably previous experience providing legal services in a community legal clinic
  • Ability to manage a high caseload
  • Familiarity with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Employment Standards Act and the common law with respect to employment
  • Experience leading or contributing to a law reform or community development initiative
  • Commitment to social justice and broader poverty law issues
  • Member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario
  • Ability to regularly attend off-site satellite clinic locations
  • Willingness to travel; a valid driver’s license is a requirement due to the need to be able to travel throughout the urban and rural areas of the two clinics’ catchment areas.

The salary range will be commensurate with experience.

WRCLS and BHNLC are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and we welcome applicants from people who are reflective of our diverse community. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

Applications must include a resume, cover letter, and 2 letters of reference. Applications can be submitted either by email to kubisl@lao.on.ca or by fax (519-743-1588), courier, or mail addressed to:

Hiring Committee
Waterloo Region Community Legal Services
Unit 101, 450 Frederick Street
Kitchener, Ontario N2H 2P5

Application Deadline: July 3, 2020