Law Society of Ontario

  • Associate Discipline Counsel, Enforcement, Professional Regulation

    Job Location CA-ON-Toronto
    Job ID
    2018-1551
    # Positions
    2
    Job Type
    Full Time
    Years of Experience
    1
  • OVERVIEW

    JOB PURPOSE:

     

    Associate Discipline Counsel, under the direction of Practice Lead, Discipline Counsel, represent the Law Society in various regulatory proceedings, appearing before the Law Society Tribunal and in the courts.

     

    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

     

    • An LLB coupled with licensee status in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario, entitled to practice law in the Province of Ontario.*
    • Associate Discipline Counsel are expected to support the conduct of a variety of hearings and prosecutions, and to engage in the conduct of simple prosecutions under the guidance and direction of the Practice Lead and the Manager, Enforcement Department.  Articling or post-call litigation experience is required.
    • May be required to travel locally to attend meetings at other lawyer’s offices and occasional travel within the province to interview witnesses or attend hearings outside of Toronto.
    • Understanding of the Law Society’s mandate, services, legislation and policies.
    • Knowledge of how to do legal research, prosecutorial standards and practices, including ethical requirements and rules of evidence.
    • Understanding of rules of evidence, procedural rules governing the discipline process and Rules of Professional Conduct.
    • Developing litigation skills for appearances before bencher panels and the judiciary.
    • Computer literacy, including familiarity with Word Processing and Spreadsheet software.
    • Expressive and persuasive in both spoken and written language in presenting legal arguments for the appropriate resolution of matters of member conduct.
    • Ability to conduct hearings in French is considered an asset.
    • Able to reason through complex spoken and written information.

     

    *By submitting your application for employment, you agree to a clearance check of your regulatory history with the Law Society, and to the use of this information in assessing suitability for employment at the Law Society.

     

     

    KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

    Client / Customer Service Delivery

     

    • Under the direction of Practice Lead, Discipline Counsel, prepares for hearings, including developing case strategy, assessing evidence against required standard of proof, preparing witnesses, drafting documents as required including agreed statements of fact and requests to admit, negotiating to narrow issues of fact and law, attending pre-hearings, researching law as necessary.
    • Represents the Law Society in hearings and appeals. 
    • Communicates with Law Society staff and complainants regarding the discipline process and disposition of cases.
    • Assists Discipline Counsel in preparing for hearings, including research, and attends at hearings, providing assistance as directed. 
    • Provides advice on investigation files as directed. 

    Policy Development

     

    • As directed by Practice Lead, Discipline Counsel or Manager Enforcement Department, plans and conducts legal research, and drafts policy changes related to the improvement of the Regulatory process. 

    Performance Goals, Targets and Standards

     

    • Contributes to and participates in the development of standardized practices, guidelines and procedures for the prosecution of discipline files. 
    • Conducts caseload as directed by Practice Lead, Discipline Counsel, ensuring compliance with caseload priorities and time lines, strategy and conduct of prosecutions. 
    • Works with other members of the Enforcement Department, as well as counterparts in other Enforcement Departments, to establish, monitor and continuously improve processes and case management performance. 

    Team Membership

     

    • Promotes the sharing and transfer of knowledge, applicable standards and information amongst members of the Enforcement Department and the Professional Regulation Division.

     

    COMPETENCIES

    Service Orientation

     

    The requirement to maintain a high standard of commitment, ethics, respect, care in service delivery to clients (internal and/or external).

     

    Communication and Interpersonal Skills

     

    The requirement to structure and deliver effective verbal and written communication with clients, staff, licensees, the public, and others in a non-threatening and constructive way.

     

    Team Orientation

     

    The requirement to share responsibility for the achievement of team goals and the associated behaviours required for individuals to contribute effectively in a team environment.

     

    Continuous Improvement

     

    The requirement to demonstrate an attitude that consistently strives to improve a standard of excellence for one’s self and for the benefit of the organization, its licensees and stakeholders.

     

    Problem Solving and Judgement

     

    The requirement to identify and analyze problems, determine root causes, evaluate alternative solutions and take and/or recommend appropriate solutions.

     

    Technical Competence / Professional Knowledge

     

    The requirement to apply knowledge and skills to carry out the work and/or provide advice. This also includes the quality of advice given, as well as the requirement to make decisions in the best interests of the organization as a whole.

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