Legal Information Counsellor (Part-time Contract)

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) is a public legal information and education charity. LISNS provides free legal information to the public in a range of formats, including through our Legal Information Line, email (questions@legalinfo.org), live chat, online, in-print, audio and video resources. You can find out more about LISNS at legalinfo.org.

About the job
The Legal Information Counsellor delivers high-quality, easy to understand legal information to the public. This is a part-time contract position, salary range $25,000 to $30,000, 20 to 25 hours per week. There is some flexibility in hours. Work will be done from home.

Job responsibilities
• Provide legal information to the public through LISNS’ Legal Information telephone Line (LIL), and by email and live chat
• Help members of the public identify key legal issues, resources, and potential options for solving their legal problems
• Help orient, train and supervise volunteers, including law students
• With the LISNS team and community partners, develop and maintain legal information resources and programs for delivery in a variety of formats
• Research and write legal information content for LISNS’ website and projects
• Provide statistical reports for relevant programs, as required
• Take part in LISNS team meetings, community outreach activities, including presentations and webinars
• Engage in continuing professional development
• Take part in project development and implementation.

You are ideal for this job if
• you are able to ‘think on your feet’ and feel comfortable answering challenging questions on a very broad range of legal topics
• you can readily translate complex legal issues into clear language
• you communicate well, both in writing and orally
• you have a good understanding and awareness of systemic inequities in the justice system, and a demonstrated commitment to access to justice
• you have strong cultural competence, and take a trauma-informed approach to service delivery
• you are interested in a ‘non-traditional’ legal career path.

Qualifications and Requirements
A degree in law or an equivalent combination of education and experience, clearly demonstrating a sound knowledge and understanding of law and the justice system. A minimum of 2 years prior work and/or volunteer experience in the justice sector.

We particularly encourage applications from those who have lived experience as a member of an equity-seeking group.

Applications, including a CV and cover letter, should be sent to:

Wendy Turner
Legal Information Services Manager
Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia
Email: lisns@legalinfo.org

Application deadline: Monday May 3 2021 at 5 pm.

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

Link to Job Posting: https://www.legalinfo.org/articles-on-legal-themes/lisns-spotlight/

Job Deadline/Expiry Date: 05/03/2021