The Associate Counsel is responsible for activities related to the mission and mandate of the Law Society, as they apply to Equity Initiatives. This includes acting as a legal resource, predominantly in the area of equity, diversity and access to justice, to committees, task forces, working groups, advisory groups, Convocation and staff of the Law Society, conducting legal and other research in the area of equity, diversity and access to justice, and working on a variety of projects as assigned by the Executive Director, Policy.
An LLB or JD, plus a Class L1 licence with Law Society of Ontario, and a member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario*.
The role supports the Executive Director, Policy in the development and implementation of policy and related projects, predominantly in the area of equity, diversity and access to justice, and requires a minimum of 1 year of relevant experience working for a professional body, government, post-secondary education organization or in legal practice.
Solid understanding of equity and access to justice related legislation, theory and practice, Including employment and human rights legislation, jurisprudence, and best practices.
Research and analytical ability in support of policy development decision-making processes.
Comprehensive knowledge and use of research tools.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Develops and communicates complex information in audience appropriate language and format.
Computer literacy, including familiarity with word processing and applications.
- By submitting your application for employment, you agree to a clearance check of your regulatory history with the Law Society, and to the use of this information in assessing suitability for employment at the Law Society.
Client / Customer Service Delivery
Under the guidance and direction of the Executive Director, Policy, contributes to the achievement of the strategic direction and position of the Law Society regarding equity and diversity in the workplace and in the legal professions and regarding access to justice.
Acts as resource to staff of the Law Society, committees, task forces, working groups, advisory groups and Convocation by analyzing and researching policy initiatives and policy changes predominantly in the area of equity, diversity and access to justice.
As support to committees, task forces, working groups and advisory groups of the Law Society, drafts and circulates reports, prepares agendas, minutes and summaries of meetings, and manages time lines to meet reporting requirements.
Prepares speaking and briefing notes, and responds to, or makes appropriate referrals for response to requests for information from staff, benchers and outside parties.
Builds a network of mutually beneficial relationships with external stakeholders and legal organizations.
Undertakes, and implements projects, research initiatives related to Equity Initiatives and other policy matters as assigned. In particular, undertakes policy and other research for Law Society staff, benchers, committees, task forces, working groups, advisory groups and Convocation, in support of the policy development process, predominantly in the area of equity, diversity and access to justice, including consultation, preparation of papers, analysis of options and implications of same, in order to facilitate decisions.
Identifies issues to be addressed, determines sources of relevant information, and analyzes a variety of data and information in order to develop a range of policy alternatives.
Provides legal information to Law Society staff, bencher committees and external groups.
Maintains relevant, up-to-date knowledge about legislation, new developments and best practices predominantly in the area of equity, diversity and access to justice.
Special Projects and Initiatives
Assists in the implementation of a variety of projects, both recurring and ad hoc, on behalf of the Executive Director, Policy, Law Society staff, benchers and external stakeholders, including the development, advancement and communication of legal information predominantly in the area of equity, diversity and access to justice (symposia, publications, professional development and public education programs, etc.).
Under the direction of the Executive Director, Policy, assists with all aspects of project planning and implementation, working with stakeholders to assess resource requirements (staff, financing, facilities).
Provides substantive legal content to projects, such as articles, publications and related documents, and develops reports and recommendations upon project termination.
Works closely with staff in the Equity Initiatives Department and in Policy and Tribunals and works regularly with staff in all areas of the Law Society, benchers, and other key constituents to ensure effective flow of information and completion of projects.
Relationship and Alliance Building
Acts as a resource in the area of equity, diversity and access to justice to the Law Society and to outside parties, including other law societies, legal organizations, law firms, equity-seeking communities, stakeholders and the general public.
Prepares papers and submissions related to equity and diversity issues on behalf of the Policy Division and the Law Society as assigned, in order to influence and inform policy, regulations and legislation affecting the legal profession.
Develops and maintains a network of key stakeholders and decision makers, communicating the position of the Law Society in promoting equity, diversity and access to justice, and building good will and credibility among interested stakeholders.
Builds and maintains a network of mutually beneficial relationships.
The requirement to maintain a high standard of commitment, ethics, respect, care in service delivery to clients (internal and/or external).
Communication and Interpersonal Skills
The requirement to structure and deliver effective verbal and written communication with clients, staff, licensees, the public, and others in a non-threatening and constructive way.
The requirement to share responsibility for the achievement of team goals and the associated behaviours required for individuals to contribute effectively in a team environment.
The requirement to demonstrate an attitude that consistently strives to improve a standard of excellence for one’s self and for the benefit of the organization, its licensees and stakeholders.
Problem Solving and Judgement
The requirement to identify and analyze problems, determine root causes, evaluate alternative solutions and take and/or recommend appropriate solutions.
Technical Competence / Professional Knowledge
The requirement to apply knowledge and skills to carry out the work and/or provide advice. This also includes the quality of advice given, as well as the requirement to make decisions in the best interests of the organization as a whole.