Policy Counsel Lawyer
In alignment with the Law Society’s vision, mission, and strategic plan, the Policy and Education division provides proactive leadership on the continuing competence of lawyers in Alberta as well as policy and program support to the Law Society.
The Policy Department undertakes the policy work of the Law Society and supports the Law Society’s Board, Committees, Task Forces, and internal departments and work groups.
Policy Counsel are responsible for the research, analysis, and assessment of legal and policy issues that affect the Law Society and the regulation of the legal profession.
They develop policy options for the Law Society and key stakeholders, as well as assist in the implementation of those solutions, by developing rules, guidelines, and protocols.
Success in this position requires strong communication, writing and drafting, analytical, interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills.
Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities
Provide the Board, Committees, Task Forces, senior administration, and Law Society departments and internal work groups with expert policy advice, guidance and support on issues impacting the Law Society and the regulation of the legal profession.
Advise the Board on its fiduciary responsibilities, duties, and best practices to enable the Board to function efficiently and effectively.
Maintain current knowledge and understanding of policy issues and developments and update key stakeholders.
Conduct research and in-depth analysis of legal and policy issues.
Collaborate with Law Society departments and internal work groups on policy development.
Recommend and develop policy options for the senior administration, the Board, Committees, Law Society departments, and internal work groups.
Advise senior administration on legal issues and determine whether legal advice should be sought and frame the questions for legal advice.
Interpret legislation and rules, and analyze and draft rules, policies, and procedures.
Attend and present to Board, Committee, and internal work group meetings.
Facilitate or lead meetings of internal work groups.
Identify issues that pose significant potential risk to the Law Society and identify trends that may impact the Law Society in the future.
Regularly communicate with stakeholders regarding policy decisions and actions approved by the Board.
Coordinate the review and publication of Board decisions, documents, policies, and guidelines.
Act as a resource for the senior administration and Law Society staff regarding the Act and the Rules.
Work collaboratively with volunteers, senior staff, and members of the legal profession.
Education and Professional Skills / Knowledge
LL.B. or J.D. degree (or equivalent).
Good standing with a Canadian Law Society.
7+ years of practice experience, with experience working in one or more of legal research, policy development, legislative and / or regulatory matters, or government regulations.
Experience in strategic planning or project management is considered an asset.
Superior analytical, writing and drafting, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills.
Solid writing and grammar skills with the ability to independently draft reports, policy position memos and documents, including rules, guidelines, and protocols.
Experience with Quicklaw, electronic research, and Microsoft Office is considered an asset.
Strong ability to work effectively independently and strong teamwork skills, including the ability to participate in a cooperative, motivated, and supportive manner.
Understanding of the expectations and procedures regarding administrative law proceedings, standards of disclosure and confidentiality.
Knowledge of the Legal Profession Act, the Rules of the Law Society of Alberta, and the Code of Conduct would be considered an asset.
Demonstrated commitment to continuing education and maintaining professional development.
A desire and capability for growth to meet additional requirements added to this position over time.
This is an exclusive search.