Law Society of Ontario

  • Discipline Paralegal, Enforcement, Professional Regulation

    Job Location CA-ON-Toronto
    Job ID
    2018-1576
    # Positions
    1
    Job Type
    Full Time
    Years of Experience
    5
    Term
    Permanent
  • OVERVIEW

    JOB PURPOSE

     

    The Discipline Paralegal is accountable to the Practice Lead, Enforcement, by prosecuting simple conduct applications, licensing hearings and other types of hearings.  The Discipline Paralegal also provides assistance to Discipline Counsel in the prosecution of complex discipline cases.

     

    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

     

    • Candidates for this position require a college diploma or university degree together with a license in good standing with the Law Society as a paralegal*.
    • As the Discipline Paralegal is expected to perform a range of duties in compliance with rigorous legal requirements, the incumbent is required to have a minimum of five years’ experience prosecuting or advocating in a litigation, regulatory or government environment as a paraprofessional.
    • The Discipline Paralegal may be required to travel from time to time to interview witnesses and conduct prosecutions within and outside the GTA.
    • Understanding of the Law Society’s mandate, services, legislation and policies.
    • Knowledge of basic legal principles and their application in a litigation or administrative law setting.
    • Basic computer literacy, including familiarity with Word Processing, Spreadsheet and electronic search software.
    • Expressive and persuasive in both spoken and written language
    • Reason through complex written and spoken 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

     

    • Prosecutes simple conduct applications, including: 
      • reviewing investigation file and determining appropriate particulars
      • ensuring proper disclosure to licensee 
      • drafting memoranda for Proceedings Authorization Committee, notices of application,  agreed statements of facts, requests to admit, correspondence, undertakings
      • preparing witnesses to testify
      • preparation of document books for filing as exhibits
      • negotiation with licensee  or his/her legal representative
      • leading evidence and conducting cross examinations
      • making submissions
      • ensuring accuracy of information
      • as directed, providing guidance to investigators 
    • Assists Discipline Counsel in preparing for hearings, including reviewing investigation files, preparing disclosure, preparing agreed statement of facts and requests to admit, assisting with interviews of witnesses. 
    • Provides assistance to Discipline Counsel at hearings by taking appropriate notes, contacting upcoming witnesses, and if requested, playing an advocacy role.  

    Performance Goals, Targets and Standards

     

    • Works with Enforcement team members to establish, monitor and continuously improve Discipline work processes and individual performance targets. 

    Team Membership

     

    • Works closely with Enforcement teams providing the necessary information and assistance to ensure that discipline matters are handled effectively and expeditiously.

    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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