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Assistant Teaching Professor

Law Centre Director

Faculty of Law

The University of Victoria Faculty of Law invites applications for a grant-tenure position at the rank of Assistant Teaching Professor at the Law Centre.

Duties and Activities in Relation to Teaching LAW 350 The Law Centre Clinical Law Program (7.5 units)

  • Organizing and ensuring the delivery of the Introductory Component (the Orientation) three terms per year. This could involve teaching or co-teaching approximately 130 hours per term.
  • Preparing and updating course materials, which includes developing and maintaining an extensive model computerized precedent system.
  • Organizing seminars throughout the term.
  • Assigning students to cases and staff mentors to students.
  • Supervising students with respect to managing their caseloads and developing legal skills
  • Securing principals for each student so they can be temporarily articled.
  • Mentoring and advising students, including special attention to ethical issues that arise in their relationships with clients, and to their emotional and health needs that arise from working in a high stress environment.
  • Conducting formal file reviews with individual students to provide guidance on how they should proceed.
  • Reviewing and approving student correspondence and legal documents, and their preparation for mediations, hearings and trials.
  • Attending mediations, hearings, and trials with students to provide assistance and constructive feedback.
  • Modeling excellence in performance of the professional role of the lawyer, maintaining a progressive approach to legal practice, currency in the substantive and procedural areas of law dealt with by the Law Centre, demonstrating excellent legal skills and general work habits.
  • Working with the Law Centre social worker to assist clients to address the underlying problems that lead to their legal issues.

Duties and Activities in Relation to the Administration and Management of the Law Centre

  • Supervising and coaching staff and contract lawyers.
  • Collaborating with the Dean and Law Faculty staff to ensure continued financial support for the Law Centre. Collaborative activities may include the following: preparing grant applications, producing reports for funding agencies and other agencies, liaising with grant administrators, developing evaluation plans for various Law Centre programs and retaining evaluators.
  • Managing the Law Centre budget in collaboration with Law Faculty staff.
  • Managing the Law Centre Programs (Human Rights Clinic, First Nations Outreach, Shut-in and Hospital Legal Services, Inmate Legal Services).
  • Developing office procedures, managing facilities and supplies.
  • Managing the office space, which may include securing office space, conducting lease negotiations, reviewing lease documents and planning renovations as needed.
  • Promoting, implementing and managing the use of case management technology to meet the goals of the clinic, regulatory requirements and the Clinic’s public interest mandate.

Professional Activities, Outreach and Public Legal Education

  • Acting as counsel for clients of the Law Centre, including representation before courts and tribunals.
  • Liaising with, and maintaining good relations with the judiciary, the Law Society, the Ministry of Attorney General, the Law Foundation, the Legal Services Society, the Federal Department of Justice, the BC Human Rights Tribunal, members of the Victoria Bar Association, numerous government agencies and community groups in order to secure support for and promote Law Centre activities.
  • Promoting awareness of Law Centre activities amongst members of the legal profession and the public.
  • Creating Public Legal Educations materials for the Legal Services Family Law website and the Law Centre website.
  • Acting as a consultant on Public Legal Educations projects, including video productions.
  • Contributing to communications on behalf of the Law Centre including website content and articles.

Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A J.D. or LL.B. degree and membership or eligibility for membership in the Law Society of British Columbia.
  • A minimum of 10 years call to the Bar in British Columbia or equivalent experience in another Canadian jurisdiction.
  • At least five years of leadership experience, preferably in a clinical setting, supervising students and providing summary advice.
  • Experience and interest in providing Public Legal Education.
  • Extensive knowledge of the legal aid system.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Significant knowledge of:
    • the theory and practice of legal skills;
    • criminal and civil procedure including advocacy before Provincial Court and administrative tribunals;
    • family law, including the preparation of documents for Supreme Court and Provincial Court applications;
    • corrections law;
    • social welfare law;
    • human rights law; and
    • Indigenous client issues.
  • Experience supervising staff, students and paralegals.
  • Knowledge of collaborative processes used to resolve legal disputes.
  • Experience and interest in Public Legal Education.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written).
  • Demonstrated ability to develop resourceful solutions to legal problems of clients.
  • Ability to work with, negotiate, discuss and resolve matters with opposing parties, lawyers, and witnesses as appropriate.
  • Must have awareness and sensitivity to cultural influences in the community.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with Indigenous people.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people facing marginalization due to income, disability, literacy, language of origin, gender identity or otherwise facing historical disadvantage.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of practice management including use of technology for file management.

Remuneration will be commensurate with educational background and experience.

Additional information

The University of Victoria is consistently ranked in the top tier of Canada’s research-intensive universities. Vital impact drives the UVic sense of purpose. As an internationally renowned teaching and research hub, we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places and the planet. Situated in the Pacific Rim, our location breeds a profound passion for exploration. Defined by its edges, this extraordinary environment inspires us to defy boundaries, discover, and innovate in exciting ways. It’s different here, naturally and by design. We live, learn, work and explore on the edge of what’s next—for our planet and its peoples. Our commitment to research-inspired dynamic learning and vital impact make this Canada’s most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation. Experience the edge of possibilities for yourself.

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Since our founding in the mid-1970s, the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria has sought to make a unique contribution to legal education in Canada, striving for innovation in the classroom, creativity and leadership in research, with due attention to the needs of Canada’s most marginalized communities. Home to some of Canada’s most innovative and dynamic thinkers, the Faculty of Law has created a vibrant learning environment based on a commitment to social justice, humane professionalism and civic responsibility, and critical interdisciplinary policy-oriented research and teaching. Dedicated to providing students with the skills, knowledge and judgment they will need to embark on diverse careers, UVic Law offers a rich curriculum that includes the only common-law co-operative legal education program in Canada and a diversity of experiential education opportunities. In September 2018, we welcomed the inaugural class in our path-breaking transsystemic joint degree program in Canadian Common Law and Indigenous Legal Orders (JD/JID). We are a faculty with a commitment to diversification across our ranks, particularly, although not limited to: marginalized sexualities, gender identity, disability, Indigeneity and racialization. And we do all of this in Canada’s most beautiful urban paradise.

The Law Centre
As the longest running common-law clinical program in Canada, the Law Centre provides clinical legal education to students enrolled in the Faculty of Law, while also providing outreach and service to the community. The Law Centre offers a range of legal services to low income clients, serving between 1,800 and 2,000 clients per year through a clinic located off campus at the Victoria Courthouse.

Students enroll in the program as a full term, for credit, course within the faculty. In each Spring, Summer and Fall term students spend the first four weeks in the Orientation part of the program delivered at the law school. For the remainder of each term, students attend the clinic fulfilling the role of temporary articled students, directly interviewing, advising, and representing clients with legal matters, with the supervision, advice, and assistance of lawyers in the office.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. 

Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement. Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association.

Contact information

Internal and external candidates are welcome to apply. To be considered, please send a 1-2 page cover letter outlining your suitability for the position, a curriculum vitae, and the names of (and contact information for) three referees. Applications should be addressed to the Law Centre Director Search Committee and sent by June 25, 2021 to lawapps@uvic.ca. For enquiries about the position, please contact Dean Susan Breau at lawdean@uvic.ca.

Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process.

Application deadline

June 25, 2021

Equity statement

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity.

Read our full equity statement here: www.uvic.ca/equitystatement

The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.

Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at FRrecruit@uvic.ca. Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

 

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