Paralegal

The Elgin-Oxford Legal Clinic

The Elgin-Oxford Legal Clinic is a non-profit legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario. We provide legal services to low-income residents of Elgin and Oxford Counties as well as the First Nations communities of Oneida of the Thames, Chippewa of the Thames and Munsee-Delaware in various areas of law including Housing, Income Maintenance and Employment.

The Clinic is seeking a paralegal to provide advice, brief services and representation in Housing law. In addition the paralegal will provide Tenant Duty Counsel advice to tenants at Landlord Tenant Board hearings. The paralegal will specialize in housing law and carry a caseload involving representation in proceedings under the Residential Tenancies Act and related statutory and common-law frameworks. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated interest in social justice in addition to familiarity with housing law.

This position is a one-year contract as part of a pilot program funded to prevent homelessness. Any on-going funding will depend upon various factors including demonstrated success in preventing homelessness. The contract will run from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022.

Qualifications:

  • A paralegal in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario
  • Preferably 1 – 3 years of demonstrated legal experience representing parties before the Landlord and Tenant Board, and with drafting applications, motions and reviews
  • Working knowledge of the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 and the Housing Services Act, 2011
  • Strong legal and advocacy skills, written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent Word, Excel, Microsoft Outlook and internet research skills
  • Ability to collaborate and work as a team with other lawyers, paralegals and support staff
  • Ability to handle a full caseload, meet tight deadlines, maintain accuracy and attention to detail with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated commitment to working from an anti-oppression and social justice framework  Experience working with a diverse range of clients from low-income and marginalized groups, including and in particular clients with mental health challenges
  • Ability to diffuse tense situations and to assist people in crisis in a calming and helpful manner
  • Ability to work both remotely or in the office
  • Must be vaccinated for COVID-19

Assets:

  • General knowledge of or experience in other areas of clinic law services, or with provincial and municipal powers that target or disproportionately affect low-income or marginalized people
  • Familiarity with the Legal Aid Ontario Clinic Information Management System (“CIMS”)
  • Familiarity with resources and agencies in Elgin and Oxford Counties

Remuneration:

Salary Range: $68,000.00 to 74,000.00, based on experience and qualifications

To apply

Applications must include a resume, cover letter, contact information for two references and a writing sample of up to five pages (opinion letter, research memo, factum etc.). Applications may be submitted by email to eolc.kbrooks@gmail.com, by fax or by mail, and should be addressed to the Hiring Committee.

The deadline for applications is 5:00 PM on December 3, 2021.

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

We encourage applications from individuals from diverse, marginalized and racialized communities and backgrounds. Please let us know if you have any accommodation needs regarding the submission of your application.