Company Name:
Calgary Legal Guidance Society
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Calgary, Alberta
Law, Advocacy and Politics
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree
Nikky Zeleniski

Family Law Program Lawyer - Maternity Leave

Calgary Legal Guidance

Family Law Staff Lawyer (Maternity Leave Coverage)

Company Overview
Calgary Legal Guidance (CLG) is a charitable society established in 1972 to provide legal advice and assistance to low-income people in Calgary and area with family, criminal, immigration, civil, and other poverty law matters that are not covered by Legal Aid.  Thousands of clients are assisted each year through evening clinics staffed by volunteer lawyers, with follow-up help and representation provided by the senior staff counsel, program lawyers, pro bono lawyers, articling students and, during the summer months, law students.  CLG offers specific programs in the areas of family law/domestic violence, homelessness, seniors’ issues, social benefits, and immigration.

The Role
This is temporary full-time contract position providing coverage for a Maternity Leave for the period of one year. Reporting directly to the Senior Family Law Lawyer, this position provides legal services in the area of family law to victims of family or intimate partner violence/sexual violence. The position is also heavily involved in developing and delivering services to the Indigenous community. This position is a member of the organization’s Legal Team and therefore works with other lawyers in different areas of practice to ensure a coordinated service delivery model.



  • Carry a file load to support the successful achievement of contracted funder output expectations
  • Provide legal advice and information to victims of family violence in family law-related legal areas including protection orders (emergency protection orders, Queen’s Bench protections orders, and etc.), custody and parenting, financial support; and assisting victims of family violence understand criminal court process and their rights and responsibilities.
  • Maintain files in relation to all legal advice given, prepare court documents and appear at court as necessary.
  • Review reports from CLG’s volunteer delivered legal clinics and determine whether follow up as appropriate.
  • Prepare and present legal information related to Domestic Violence to volunteer lawyers, service providers and the public.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with community partners in the domestic violence community and the general legal community.
  • Complete research and remain current on legislative and precedents within your field of practice.
  • Remain current on the AB Government Victims of Crime protocols.
  • Develop strategies for public legal education, including workshops, clinics and other presentations.
  • Work with student lawyers and volunteer lawyers who may be assigned to work on matters in the family law domestic violence program.
  • Develop working relationships with the Indigenous communities both within the City of Calgary and area.
  • Remain current on the unique needs of aboriginal citizens in relation to the legal system.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with community partners in the aboriginal community such as Native Counseling Services, Metis Nation and the First Nations.
  • Assign, review and supervise students on assigned work on matters in the Family Law or program areas.
  • Train student lawyers at clinics
  • Mentor and train student lawyers on court procedure and how to conduct Family Law Duty Counsel

The Candidate
The successful candidate must possess the following qualifications:

  • A law degree from an accredited post-secondary institution
  • Membership or eligible for membership as a lawyer in good standing with the Law Society of Alberta
  • Experience working with victims of family violence


  • Proficiency in windows-based software and other standard office technology.
  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships internally and externally.
  • A strong team player, with a strong inclination toward a collaborative work-style, who is quick to help others; has and shows empathy for others.
  • Able to express ideas clearly and effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Excellent organizational / time management skills.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Ability to engage within a team in developing commitment to goals and ensuring accountability to established objectives.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the legal system in relation to family law and on domestic violence.
  • Ability to communicate and interact with co-workers and other professionals within and outside the organization.
  • Ability to handle multiple demands in a fast-paced environment.

What we Offer
Calgary Legal Guidance (CLG) is proud of our fun, diverse, professional, and energetic workplace culture.  We offer a healthy and positive career-life balance that values the contribution of all staff, an on-site gym, weekly in-house yoga classes and your birthday day off!  We invite all qualified candidates to apply.


Please forward your resume and cover letter as a single PDF document by noon on Friday, January 31st, 2020; to the attention of Cameron Ferbey, Director of Finance & Operations via email at [email protected]    


We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.