Lawyer, Legislation and Law Reform

Posting Date:
Feb 20, 2018
Company/Firm:
The Canadian Bar Association
Position Type:
One-year contract
Location:
Ottawa

Description

Under the direction of the Director, Legislation and Law Reform, monitors, identifies and evaluates trends and issues in the legal profession; develops and manages projects with CBA constituent bodies; liaises with assigned CBA constituent bodies; monitors federal legislative and policy development activity; liaises with government officials, Parliamentary staff and CBA members on policy initiatives; coordinates CBA responses to those initiatives. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Monitors, identifies and evaluates trends and issues in the legal profession and related professions;
  • Develops, manages, coordinates and otherwise assists on L&GA projects and initiatives, and substantive issues arising from the mandate of Board Committees, Subcommittees and Task Forces, as assigned;
  • Monitors federal legislation and law reform initiatives;
  • Develops and maintains effective contacts with federal officials and Parliamentary staff;
  • Advises CBA Sections, Subcommittees and Task Forces of legislative and policy initiatives within their respective mandates;
  • Coordinates CBA responses to federal government initiatives, writing and editing submissions, advising on potential political implications for CBA, and briefing CBA members on government relations and appearances before Parliamentary Committees;
  • Monitors outcome of submissions and advises on follow-up responses;
  • Advises Communications staff for media relations relating to law reform initiatives;
  • Attends meetings and represents the CBA in substantive consultations;
  • Responds to requests from CBA members, media, and the public on an ad hoc basis;
  • Acts as liaison to Board Subcommittees and Task Forces, as assigned;           
  • Prepares briefing materials and communications for CBA Board and Commitee members; and
  • Attends Section, Committee, Subcommittee, Task Force and Association meetings, as assigned.

HUMAN RELATIONS SKILLS

A. Contact with CBA members and staff

  • Board of Directors, Board Committees, Subcommittees and Task Forces, Section Executives;
  • Regular contact with all levels of CBA staff in National Office and Branches, particularly National Sections and Communications staff;
  • Requires tact, judgment, excellent analytical and interpersonal skills.

B. External Contacts

  • Government Officials and Parliamentary staff;
  • Requires political acumen and excellent interpersonal skills.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an accredited Canadian university and membership in provincial or territorial law society essential;
  • Ability to work in English essential, French preferred;
  • Research and policy experience, with demonstrated ability to analyse complex legal issues;
  • Project management experience, with demonstrated ability to bring together a team of people with disparate interests;
  • Knowledge of law firm environment;
  • Knowledge of equality issues and related law
  • Knowledge of federal government legislative and policy-making processes;
  • Knowledge of Canadian Parliamentary processes;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills;
  • Ability to work as a team member, with groups and various personalities;
  • Tact, judgment, political acumen;
  • Ability to work under pressure as circumstances dictate; and
  • Availability for weekend meetings and ability to travel.

Pursuant to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA), if you require accommodation at any stage of the application process, please contact our human resources department at accessibility-accessibilite@cba.org so that the appropriate arrangements can be made.

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Contact Name Chantal Duguay-Hyatt

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