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Barrister & Solicitor Edmonton

Government of Alberta

Government of Alberta Edmonton Canada

2 months ago

Job Information

Job Requisition ID: 38491

Ministry: Alberta Justice

Location: Edmonton

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Regular/Temporary

Scope: Open

Closing Date: Open until suitable candidates found

Classification: Legal Officer 1-3

About Us

Alberta Justice, Legal Services Division, is responsible for providing quality legal advice to the Government of Alberta. Within the Division, the Family and Surrogate Court Litigation Team (FASCL) provides legal services and advice to Children’s Services, Community and Social Services, Maintenance Enforcement and the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee. FASCL also acts as the Central Authority with respect to Hague Convention matters (International Child Abduction).

FASCL Edmonton is committed to providing a supportive and collegial team environment where junior and senior lawyers work together to provide excellent legal services to our varied and multiple clients . Our ideal... candidates are looking for a challenge; enjoy being on the front-line working in a fast-paced litigation based office; are comfortable running trials and applying their advocacy skills in all levels of court. FASCL lawyers work in a dynamic and developing legal environment and are committed to providing excellent legal services.


The Legal Services Division is seeking Legal Officers at the LO1-LO3 classification level to join the Family and Surrogate Court Litigation Team in Edmonton (FASCL Edmonton).

We are looking for lawyers with advocacy experience at the Provincial Court level and/or the Court of King’s Bench.

Key responsibilities include:
• Appearing in Provincial Court on child protection applications and running trials under the Child, Youth, and Family Enhancement Act;
• Appearing in Court of King’s Bench on appeals of child protection matters and in Court of King’s Bench Chambers for family law related matters;
• Effective management of a busy litigation caseload;
• Reviewing and assessing documents for disclosure;
• Providing advice and support to the client groups regarding child protection issues, adoptions, child support and maintenance enforcement;
• Drafting clear, concise, and accurate legal opinions.

The ideal candidates will demonstrate some or all of the following skills:
• Strong oral and written advocacy skills;
• Trial experience;
• Strong negotiation and alternate dispute resolution skills;
• Effective problem solving and interpersonal skills;
• Experience providing practical, client-focused advice to enable decision-making;
• Experience conducting legal research and preparing legal opinions;
• Ability to think strategically;
• Ability to work independently; and
• Strong commitment to the Vision and Values of the Alberta Public Service.


Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or Juris Doctor (JD). The candidates must be active members or must have immediate eligibility for full membership with the Law Society of Alberta.

For Law degrees obtained outside Canada, proof of accreditation from the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) is required.

• Family law experience, may include demonstrated work experience with the Alberta Family Law Act, the federal Divorce Act and the Child Support guidelines, and the Maintence Enforcement Program; the Alberta Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act and the federal legislation an Act respecting First Nation, Inuit and Métis Children, youth and families S.C. 2019, c.24.; OR
• Criminal prosecutions experience.

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviours that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process. The link below will assist you with understanding competencies:

Creative Problem Solving: Ability to gather information from varied sources, analyze and interpret information to formulate reports and make decisions related to case planning.

Agility: Ability to prioritize competing workload pressures in an effective manner and contribute to the organizational goals.

Drive for Results: Sets and accomplishes goals and priorities in order to deliver outcomes consistent with departmental objectives and directives.

Building Collaborative Environment: Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with a variety of teams within the workplace, community and other Government ministries/agencies to meet client and ministry goals and objectives.

Developing Networks: Ability to interact positively, build relationships and work effectively with others.


Classification and salary will be determined based on candidate's assessed related experience.

Legal Counsel 1 (up to 4 years of related experience): $3,093.72 to $3,985.94 bi-weekly ($80,746 - $104,033/year)

Legal Counsel 2 (4 years to 13 years of related experience): $4,445.92 to $5,670.90 bi-weekly ($116,038 - $148,010/year)

Legal Counsel 3 (more than 11 years of related experience): $5,604.75 to $6,547.96 bi-weekly ($146,283 - $170,901/year)


This competition will be ongoing as it will be used to fill current and future permanent and temporary vacancies at the same or lower level within the Government of Alberta.

Hours of work: Monday – Friday, 8:15 am - 4:30 pm (36.25/week)

Candidates will be required to undergo security screening.

What we offer:
• Working for the Alberta Public Service –
• Comprehensive benefits plan:
• Pension plan:
• Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) –
• Management Employees Pension Plan (MEPP) –
• Health Spending Account:
• Leadership and mentorship programs
• Professional learning and development
• Positive workplace culture and work-life balance
• Opportunity to participate in flexible work arrangements such as working from home up to two days per week and modified work schedule agreements
• Research Alberta Public Service Careers tool –

In your resume, please include dates (including months and years) associated with all education and work experience. Also, please indicate whether your work experience is casual, part-time or full-time. For example: January 15, 2006 - June 25, 2009: Assistant (PT three 8 hrs shifts/week).

How To Apply

If you are not currently an employee with the Government of Alberta, the first step in applying for a job is creating your candidate profile within our online application system,

Existing employees should access the Career tile in 1GX to submit their application in order to be recognized as an internal applicant.

Once you have created your candidate profile, visit the Alberta Public Service job site to apply for jobs at

Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies.

Resources for applicants:

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)

Closing Statement

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, and/or require a disability related accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact Veronica Noronha at [email protected].

If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check
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