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Careers & Volunteering

VOLUNTEERS

From time to time, DCLC has opportunities for volunteers at outreach events, with legal research, on specific legal issues, and assisting clients with understanding our services.  If interested, please provide details of your interest and background experiences to Mallik Fernando at general@dclc.clcj.ca; with the title “Volunteer” in the subject header.

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Clinic Licence Paralegal

The Durham Community Legal Clinic (DCLC) is a not-for-profit community based legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario. The Clinic promotes universal access to justice and the elimination of poverty through legal representation, summary advice, referrals, public legal education and information and   community development. The Clinic delivers high quality services reflecting our commitment to respect, fairness, equality and empowerment.

Primary Duties include: 

  1. Manage casework, represent clients before administrative tribunals.
  2. Provide summary advice and brief services to clients both by in person and over the phone.
  3. Represent Clinic in administrative Tribunal proceedings.
  4. Assist with providing public legal education materials and outreach initiatives.
  5. Conduct public legal education workshops.
  6. Providing ongoing TDC assistance with scheduled and unscheduled clients.
  7. Draft legal memos.
  8. Assist with the development and support of Clinic advocacy / justice reform initiatives.
  9. Contribute to task related to Clinic operations as required.

 

Qualifications and Experience:

  1. Paralegal with Law Society of Ontario license in good standing.
  2. Familiarity with legal clinic areas of law.
  3. Excellent research, writing and advocacy skills.
  4. Excellent analytical, organizational and time management skills.
  5. Exemplary written and oral communication skills.
  6. Capacity to understand complex legal concepts.
  7. Experienced advocacy in Ontario tribunals.
  8. A demonstrated commitment to social justice and working for change for vulnerable and marginalized groups.
  9. Ability to work as part of a team in a busy, demanding environment.
  10. Community legal clinic experience or other related legal experience would be assets.

Working Environment:

  • DCLC strives to promote a safe and welcoming work environment
  • Typical Office setting
  • Normal operations include (but not limited to) filing, photocopying, answering phones, computer work, video conferencing, face to face interactions with the public (note: clients may at times present confrontational situations).

Compensation

$63,375.38 plus health and dental benefits and RRSP plan.

In addition to review of qualifications, interviews and reference checks, successful candidates may be invited to participate in a written test and other assessment tools.

Application Information

Interested candidates are asked to email Sinead.mackenzie@dclc.clcj.ca a cover letter and resume/CV demonstrating how they meet the qualifications as set out above by 5 p.m. on Monday February 15, 2024.  Please use the subject line: “Paralegal”

We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Clinic Lawyer-Job Posting

 Durham Community Legal Clinic (“DCLC”) is a community legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario. DCLC provides free, clinic law services to low income residents in the Durham Region in the areas of housing, employment law, WSIB, human rights and income supports.

 DCLC is seeking an experienced Clinic Lawyer (Full-Time permanent) to join our team.  Reporting to the Director of Legal Services, the candidate will bring their in-depth clinic experience and expertise in order to assist the Clinic in managing client caseload, particularly in the area of employment law, human rights and WSIB. Participate in the intake procedure, provide legal advice and information, undertake formal and informal advocacy, represent clients before administrative tribunals and courts, participate in community development outreach and law reform projects, and provide public legal education.

Qualifications

  • A practicing lawyer licenced by the Law Society of Ontario with 3 to 5 years of experience in legal clinic work
  • Extensive experience in human rights, employment law and WSIB
  • Ability to mange caseload and meet tight deadlines
  • Litigation and tribunal experience
  • Proven ability to interact with high needs clients in an empathetic manner
  • Excellent customer service, public presentation, communication, research and writing skills
  • Professional, ethical, accurate, detailed, team focused
  • High degree of computer literacy and administrative self-sufficiency
  • Ability to diffuse intense situation and assist people in crisis
  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff including lawyers, paralegals, support staff and management.

Special consideration will be given to candidates with

  • Knowledge of CIMS software
  • Fluency in a second language

In addition to review of qualifications, interviews and reference checks, successful candidates may be invited to participate in a written test and other assessment tools.

Compensation:

  • $89,173.23 plus a benefit plan and RRSP contributions.

Application Information

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter and resume/CV demonstrating how you meet the qualifications as set out in this job by 5 p.m. on February 20, 2024 to sinead.mackenzie@dclc.clcj.ca .  Please include in the subject line: ”Clinic Lawyer”.

We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

DCLC is committed to equitable employment and hiring practices and is dedicated to building an organization that reflects the diversity of our clients and the communities we serve. We encourage applications from individuals from diverse, marginalized and racialized communities and backgrounds and people with disabilities including all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and perspectives at DCLC.  Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.