Lawyer for Children & Youth – Ref. No. 17039
CLERC, Children’s Legal & Educational Resource Centre
The Alex: Changing Health. Changing Lives.
The Alex Community Health Centre is a not-for-profit organization that is changing how we look at health care in Calgary. Our health, housing and food programs support our most vulnerable neighbours, tackling tough health and social issues head-on.
Since 1973, our cost-effective programs have provided preventative care in a welcoming, easy-to-access environment, moving people from poverty to stability and from crisis to wellness. Using a multi-disciplinary team approach, we focus care on assessment, intervention and promotion of all aspects of health. We embrace a model of health care that is accessible, responsive and participatory. In addition to the Family Health Centre, we run a Seniors Health Centre, a Youth Centre, two Mobile Community Health Buses, one Dental Health Bus, four Housing First Programs, a Breastfeeding Clinic, a Community Food Centre, a Bottles4Health Program, and the Children’s Legal & Educational Resource Centre (CLERC).
In 2017, the services provided by CLERC were merged to become a program of The Alex to bolster administrative synergies existing between the two organizations. While, as a charitable organization, CLERC still maintains an independent board of directors dedicated to providing program support and funding for the services, The Alex is responsible for the operational aspects of providing these services, including human resources.
CLERC is seeking a senior lawyer for their team, one with a passion for working with young people and giving back to the community. CLERC is a charitable organization providing legal support and services to children and youth in Calgary and the surrounding area since 2002. These services include legal information, advice and representation for young people caught in their parents’ high-conflict custody and access/parenting disputes, as well as legal support in civil law matters such as guardianship, independent living, pregnancy and parenting, employment, return of property, and landlord/tenant matters. CLERC also engages in Public Legal Education (PLE) through public presentations and training, and through our website, www.youthlaw.ca.
What you will do:
- Advise and represent children and youth seeking legal assistance and support from CLERC in family law and other civil law matters;
- Represent young people caught in their parents’ high-conflict custody and access/parenting disputes;
- Meet with children, youth and parents; receive information from third parties (school personnel, counselors, psychologists, and parenting coordinators);
- Attend at docket court, special hearings, case management and case management counsel meetings, Resolution Services mediations, mediation meetings/arbitration hearings, DROs, JDRs and trials;
- Take on matters with respect to pregnant and parenting teens, guardianship and related civil law issues;
- Provide leadership and mentoring to CLERC’s more junior staff lawyers, articling students (if any), and volunteer lawyers;
- Support CLERC staff in providing information and education to a variety of stakeholders, including but not limited to judges, lawyers, funders, partners, volunteers, parents, children, youth and other family members, as well as non-profit and community agencies;
- Participate in CLERC- and community-based committees as required;
- Assist with responding to calls, emails and questions submitted through the CLERC website; conduct research; and develop PLE and training materials.
What you bring:
- Experience primarily in Court of Queen’s Bench matters, with experience in family matters at the Provincial Court level being an asset;
- Membership in good standing of the Alberta Law Society;
- Litigation experience in family law (min. 8 years), particularly in custody & access/parenting;
- Understanding of children’s rights and child advocacy;
- Excellent writing, analytical, research and advocacy skills;
- Solid work ethic and willingness to “go the extra mile” to get things done;
- Valid Class 5 driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle;
- Clear Criminal Record Check and Child Welfare Intervention Check.
How to apply:
If you are as passionate as we are about making a difference in people’s lives, please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, ensuring the job title and reference number are included in the Subject line.
For further information about The Alex and its programs, we encourage you to visit our website at www.thealex.ca.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.