Community Outreach Review Counsel

Community & Legal Aid Services Programme (CLASP), Osgoode Hall Law School

The Community and Legal Aid Services Programme (CLASP) is a student legal aid society based at Osgoode Hall Law School and one of several clinical programs offered at Osgoode. CLASP provides legal advice, representation and public legal education for low income and culturally diverse communities. CLASP works collaboratively with several local organizations on community development and law reform initiatives. As a law school clinic that engages a large number of student volunteers and which includes a 15-credit clinical program for division leaders, CLASP serves a dual mandate of service to the community and the education of law students. The Community Outreach Review Counsel is responsible for providing community development/outreach, law reform, public education and case advocacy services with and for priority groups, collaboratively with clinic staff and students involved in the clinic’s work.

Education

Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, entitled to practice law in Ontario.

Experience

A minimum of 5 years’ experience in any of or a combination of the following practice areas: criminal, landlord and tenant, income support, human rights, small claims, student misconduct and academic appeals, criminal, immigration, and/or employment.

Skills

Demonstrated clinical teaching skills and a commitment to access to justice for low-income individuals/groups and those living with mental health differences are essential. Superior time management, interpersonal, organizational and communication skills are required, as well as excellent judgment. Excellent professional skills and ethics. Demonstrated clinical teaching skills. Familiarity with two or more areas of substantive poverty law, criminal law, family law or administrative law, and familiarity with relevant courts and tribunals in metropolitan Toronto. Understanding of the challenges of public interest lawyering. Commitment to access to justice for low-income individuals and groups. Flexibility in adapting to new situations. Attention to detail. Ability to analyze legal problems and develop effective and creative options. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including effective advocacy skills. Computer literacy. Ability to work well with others. Superior time management and organizational skills. Excellent judgment.

For more information and to apply, please access the York University Employee Career Portal and reference posting #102300.