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Staff Lawyer Position – Land Titles

NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION

STAFF LAWYER

 

Available Position: Contract for the Duration of the Land Titles Initiative (Pilot has been extend until March 31, 2022)
Location: Halifax Regional Municipality, with travel to Antigonish and Guysborough Counties
Salary: Staff Lawyer Pay Plan Policy – Based on Relevant Experience
Closing Date: Friday, October 23, 2020 at 4:30 pm

Who we are:
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission (NSLAC) delivers legal aid services throughout the Province, providing some level of help to all Nova Scotians with a focus on assisting those who are vulnerable and historically disadvantaged.

About the Land Titles Initiative:
The Land Titles Initiative is a government-led commitment to help residents in the communities of North Preston, East Preston, Cherry Brook/ Lake Loon, Lincolnville and Sunnyville get clear title to their land. The Government has committed to helping residents with legal fees and other costs associated with clarifying land ownership. Dedicated positions were created to assist residents in obtaining clear title to their land: 1 manager, 2 community navigators, 1 crown surveyor and 2 survey technicians. NSLAC has partnered with the government to provide legal services. The staff include two Staff Lawyers and two Legal Assistants.

The Land Titles Initiative helps residents in eligible communities:

  • Get clear title to their property (Land Title Clarification Act).
  • Migrate their property to the new land registry system (Land Registration Act).
  • Probate wills/estate administration when someone dies (Probate ActIntestate Succession Act).
  • Engage in civil litigation, including commencement of applications for court-ordered declarations, and assistance with negotiations/mediation between private parties.

Primary Functions:
Reporting to the Internal Operations Director, the Staff Lawyer is dedicated to the land title clarification areas of North Preston, East Preston, Cherry Brook, Lincolnville and Sunnyville. This position is in the Halifax Regional Municipality and will be required to travel to other parts of Nova Scotia, including Antigonish and Guysborough Counties. The successful candidate will be working with African Nova Scotian residents in the land titles clarification areas to assist them in obtaining clear title to their property. The lawyer that fills this position is required to understand the African Nova Scotian community, the unique context of each individual community, its historical significance, and the current challenges.

Ideal Abilities and Skills:

  • Experience in Real Estate and Estate & Probate law is required.
  • Experience in representing clients before the courts (civil matters) is considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated intercultural and diversity proficiency including an understanding of cultural differences and respect for other cultures. Specific familiarity with Nova Scotia’s African Nova Scotian communities is an asset.
  • Ability to manage a high caseload.
  • Be able to work with clients who have complex needs, creatively problem solves and works independently in a fast-paced environment as well as part of a team.
  • Must be skilled in negotiation, debate, and persuasion techniques.
  • Compliance with NSLAC’s policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated time management and ability to deal with conflicting priorities and deadlines.
  • Ability to investigate facts, identify issues, ascertain organizational objectives, consider alternative solutions, analyze risk, and advise clients.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability to use latest communication technologies including Smartphones.
  • Experience and proficiency with computer software packages including legal research applications, MS Word and Outlook or equivalents
  • Significant travel within Nova Scotia will be required. A valid driver’s license and access to a motor vehicle are required

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD) Degree.
  • Practicing member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (and/or any other provincial law society).
  • Minimum of Two (2) years of experience in Real Estate and Estate & Probate law.
  • Must be a qualified Land Registration Act (LRA) lawyer or can meet this condition within sixty (60) days of commencement of employment.

If you are talented, hardworking and want to be a member of a team that is highly experienced, very caring, dedicated and committed to their clients, we would like to hear from you.

Please indicate position title and whether you are an internal or external applicant in the email subject line. Please send your resume and cover letter to NSLA-Careers@nslegalaid.ca

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  We have an Employment Equity Policy and welcome applications from historically disadvantaged groups, including: Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities, and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. Preference will be given to candidates who are of African descent including those who belong to the African Nova Scotian Community. If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are highly encouraged to self-identify, on your application form, cover letter, or resume. 

While we appreciate receiving all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  All applications will be held in strict confidence.