African Nova Scotian Social Worker

AFRICAN NOVA SCOTIAN SOCIAL WORKER

NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION

 

The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission is the largest Law firm in Nova Scotia with 23 full-service offices located throughout the Province, which deliver legal services and some level of help to Nova Scotians, with a focus on supporting those who are vulnerable and historically disadvantaged, including: Indigenous Peoples, African Nova Scotians, Immigrants and economically disadvantaged persons.

Position:     The African Nova Scotian Social Worker (ASW) is a new one-year contract position (with the possibility of permanency) being developed to deliver social work services to our African Nova Scotian and Black clients, particularly those appearing before the criminal courts, and in child protection matters in the family courts.

Reporting to the Service Delivery Director, the ASW will work with, and be under the direction of our Staff Lawyers, who are representing African Nova Scotian and Black clients. The ASW will also work closely with our Indigenous Social Worker. A Job Description is attached.

Start Date:  April 1st, 2019

Location:     Executive Office

920-1701 Hollis Street

Halifax, NS

Travel is also required across Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Legal Aid has close to 100 lawyers located in 23 Regional Offices throughout Nova Scotia delivering legal services to our clients.  We are the largest Criminal Defence, Family Law and Social Justice Law firm in the Province, and have been serving Nova Scotians since the 1970’s.  In addition to having community based offices, we also provide outreach services within communities.

The ASW will increase the cultural awareness, competency, and responsiveness of our lawyers and staff, as they provide services to African Nova Scotian and Black clients. The successful candidate will also connect with African Nova Scotian communities and service providers around the province, both to promote the services NSLA can provide and to ensure familiarity with services available to our clients.

Qualifications:

  • Have a degree in Social Work;
  • Be a member in good standing with the NSASW;
  • Experience working with African Nova Scotian communities;
  • Current awareness of Nova Scotia legislation in child welfare law (CFSA) and criminal law (CCC, YCJA, CDSA);
  • Knowledge of the legal issues confronted by Nova Scotia Legal Aid staff in providing legal aid to clients;
  • Have excellent communication skills;
  • Have the ability to work independently, and as a part of a team;
  • Ability to meet the public and to interact with justice officials, lawyers, and agencies in a tactful and professional manner;
  • Proficiency with computers and preparing reports;
  • Excellent file administration and case-management skills;
  • Hold a valid Nova Scotia driver’s license, and have access to a motor vehicle;
  • Ability to travel;

Specialty statement:

  1. Some travel within Nova Scotia will be required. A valid driver’s license and access to a motor vehicle is required.

Salary range: PR 14-1 to 14-6. This is a one-year contract position, with the possibility of permanency.

You will find a place to grow personally and professionally with opportunities for professional development.

You will do meaningful and challenging work in a publicly accountable and respectful working environment that is diverse, safe and inclusive.

Candidates can submit their resume in confidence to:

Evelyn Adesida
Human Resources (HR) Specialist
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
920-1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3M8
Tel: 902-420-6588
evelyn.adesida@nslegalaid.ca

Closing Date:  Monday, March 4th, 2019 at 4:30 pm

The primary area of responsibility for the successful candidate filling this position will be the delivery of all of the social work services required to assist African Nova Scotian, and Black clients. Therefore, this is a designated position that is restricted to persons belonging to the African Nova Scotian Community.

This is a term opportunity with a scheduled end date of March 31, 2020. There is the possibility of permanency. While we appreciate receiving all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  All applications will be held in strict confidence.

Social Justice Support Worker

SOCIAL JUSTICE SUPPORT WORKER

NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION

 

The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission is the largest Law firm in Nova Scotia with 23 full-service offices located throughout the Province, which deliver legal services and some level of help to Nova Scotians, with a focus on supporting those who are vulnerable and historically disadvantaged, including: Indigenous Peoples, African Nova Scotians, Immigrants and economically disadvantaged persons.

Position:     The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission is developing a new Social Justice Support Worker (SJSW) position. This is a one-year contract position, with the possibility of permanency. The successful candidate will play a significant role in the delivery of legal services to Nova Scotians by supporting clients navigating the legal system and helping them to resolve issues affecting their income and housing security in an effective and innovative manner. The SJSW will travel regularly to rural communities in Cape Breton providing direct service to clients and working collaboratively with community partners.

The SJSW will report to and be supervised by the Managing Lawyer(s) of the Sydney Office and will work closely with the Social Justice lawyers of the Social Justice office.  The SJSW will work with staff lawyers, and in particular the Social Justice lawyers, to provide a full range of services to ensure better client service and outcomes. A Job Description is attached.

Start Date:  April 1st, 2019

Location:     Sydney Office

401-15 Dorchester Street

Sydney, NS

Travel is also required across Cape Breton.

Nova Scotia Legal Aid has close to 100 lawyers located in 23 Regional Offices throughout Nova Scotia delivering legal services to our clients.  We are the largest Criminal Defence, Family Law and Social Justice Law firm in the Province, and have been serving Nova Scotians since the 1970’s.  In addition to having community based offices, we also provide outreach services within communities.

The SJSW will play a significant role in delivering legal information to communities; supporting clients navigating the legal system; and assisting clients in resolving residential tenancies, income assistance, Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP-D) and Employment Insurance matters.

Qualifications:

  • Graduate of a recognized post-secondary paralegal, or similar, program or 5 years work experience in a law office.
  • Experience with Social Justice Issues.
  • Good working knowledge of procedures for administrative tribunal and Small Claims Court hearings.
  • Ability to face challenges, including developing new and innovative methods of responding to legal issues.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and to use judgment in confidential and sensitive matters.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team setting.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy and capacity to work under tight deadlines and prioritize competing tasks.
  • Experience working with public.
  • Strong drafting skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency with programs such as Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel.
  • Qualification as a Commissioner of Oaths would be an asset.

Specialty statement:

  1. Regular travel across Cape Breton means that a valid driver’s license and access to a motor vehicle is a job requirement.

Salary range: PR 4-1 to 6-6. This is a one-year contract position, with the possibility of permanency.

You will find a place to grow personally and professionally with opportunities for professional development.

You will do meaningful and challenging work in a publicly accountable and respectful working environment that is diverse, safe and inclusive.

Candidates can submit their resume in confidence to:

Evelyn Adesida
Human Resources (HR) Specialist
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
920-1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3M8
Tel: 902-420-6588
evelyn.adesida@nslegalaid.ca

Closing Date:  Monday, March 4th, 2019 at 4:30 pm

We thank you in advance for your application, however only qualified candidates will be contacted

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.  If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are 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.

Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association – YouTube Channel

The Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association has launched a YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/judgesincanadalesjugesaucanada) and below is an excerpt from their web page regarding the new educational videos available.

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A critical piece in maintaining, preserving and enhancing the Canadian system of justice is educating the public. This is also one of the objectives of the Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association (CSCJA). Ensuring that Canadians understand what to expect and how the system functions helps to promote effective and timely access to justice for all.

The Association has two teaching tools to share with the public and with educators:

The educational video Judges in Canada – What they do and how they do it is aimed at new and young Canadians as well as the public in general. The video illustrates what they are entitled to expect from Judges in Canadian Courts and covers principles fundamental to our Justice System; concepts such as Judicial independence and the Rule of Law.

Educational messages are embedded in our story about a young man, Weldon, who, while returning his child to her mother, becomes involved in a car accident. This results in criminal charges. The child’s mother then applies to the Family Court to seek restrictions on his contact with his child. Our narrator, The Honorable Judge Samuel Moreau of the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia, walks the viewer through our young man’s story.

In a courtroom scene, the Honorable Justice Deborah Gass of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division) addresses Weldon’s fear about discrimination within the Justice System. The video identifies the citizen’s legal entitlement to a fair hearing according to the evidence and the law regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation or cultural origin.

(The Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association (CSCJA) represents approximately 1,300 judges, sitting and retired, who serve on the superior courts and courts of appeal of each province and territory, as well as on the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Tax Court of Canada.)

http://www.cscja.ca/judges/

http://www.cscja.ca

Judges in Canada

Legal Assistant Position – Kentville

LEGAL ASSISTANT POSITION

NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID, KENTVILLE

 

The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission is the largest Law firm in Nova Scotia with 23 full-service offices located throughout the Province, which deliver legal services and some level of help to Nova Scotians, with a focus on supporting those who are vulnerable and historically disadvantaged, including: Indigenous Peoples, African Nova Scotians, Immigrants and economically disadvantaged persons.

Position:  Legal Assistant position for the Kentville Office.  This is a 1 year contract position with the potential of permanency. Reporting to the Managing Lawyer (ML) or those persons designated by the ML, and under the direction of one, or more, Staff Lawyers.

The Legal Assistant will provide comprehensive administrative support to lawyers in the day-to-day conduct of their clients’ legal affairs. An understanding of and commitment to excellence in client service is imperative.

Salary Range:  NSLAC Clerical Pay Scale (CL); Per Legal Aid salary scale.

Responsibilities (includes but not limited to):

  • Effectively manage the front desk, incoming calls, application intake process and distribution.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Manage, organize, and coordinate Staff Lawyers’ practice.
  • Type briefs, correspondence, legal documents, assuring timely preparation and accuracy.
  • Ensure effective management of all legal administrative related duties.
  • Assume responsibility for the imprest account, petty cash, trust fund accounts and reconciliation of same.
  • Assist ML with Occupational Health and Safety responsibilities, including training pertaining to the same.
  • Any other additional projects and tasks as required.

Candidates must have the following requirements:

  • The minimum educational qualification in a recognized Business or Office Administration Certificate/diploma.
  • Minimum of two years’ recent and related experience in a fast-paced legal environment.
  • Excellent PC literacy – Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.
  • Proficiency in typing and Dictaphone Transcription.
  • Depending upon the position assignment, must be familiar with and have a working knowledge of at least one or two of the following codes; the Criminal Code of Canada and related criminal procedure; Divorce Act, Parenting and Support Act and Matrimonial Property Act, and related documentation filing requirements and procedures; and Children and Family Services Act and related documentation and procedures.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy and capacity to work under pressure of deadlines and multiple competing priorities.

Desirable personal attributes, skills and Knowledge

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and are able to interact at all levels of an organization
  • Knowledge of superior client service skills
  • Team working skills to contribute positively to a team environment
  • Ability to problem solve with critical thinking skills
  • Strong communicator both written and oral
  • Ability to transcribe is desired

You will find a place to grow personally and professionally with opportunities for professional development.

You will do meaningful and challenging work in a publically accountable and respectful working environment that is diverse, safe and inclusive.

Candidates can submit their resume in confidence to:

Evelyn Adesida
Human Resources (HR) Specialist
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
920-1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3M8
Tel: 902-420-6588
evelyn.adesida@nslegalaid.ca

Closing Date:     Friday, February 22, 2019 at 4:30 PM

We thank you in advance for your application, however only qualified candidates will be contacted

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.  If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are 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.

Criminal Staff Lawyer Position – Halifax

STAFF LAWYER POSITION
NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID
HALIFAX SOUTH CRIMINAL OFFICE

Position:  Staff Lawyer position in Halifax, Nova Scotia practicing criminal law.  This is a three month (3) contract position.

QualificationsSuccessful candidate must be a practicing, insured member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society with a thorough understanding of criminal and social justice law.  Candidates should have experience in representing clients before the courts.  Competency to conduct legal proceedings in both the English and French languages would be an asset.  Start date to be as soon as possible.

Salary Range:  Per Legal Aid salary scale based on “Relevant Experience” as determined by the Commission at time of hire.

Closing Date:     Friday, February 1, 2019 at 4:30 PM

Reply To:

Evelyn Adesida
Human Resources (HR) Specialist
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
920-1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS  B3J 3M8
Tel: 902-420-6588
evelyn.adesida@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.  If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are 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.

Home Heating Assistance

For help with heating costs this winter, the following programs are available to Nova Scotia families:

Nova Scotia Heating Assistance Rebate Program:

https://beta.novascotia.ca/apply-heating-assistance-rebate-heating-assistance-rebate-program

The Salvation Army – The Good Neighbour Energy Fund:

https://salvationarmy.ca/maritime/home/programs/gnef/?_ga=2.27593212.1508439806.1543591095-1295702875.1543591095

Family Support Assistant – Halifax

FAMILY SUPPORT ASSISTANT POSITION
NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID, HALIFAX NORTH OFFICE

The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission delivers legal services in offices located throughout the Province, providing some level of help to all Nova Scotians with a focus on supporting those who are vulnerable and historically disadvantaged, including: Indigenous Peoples, African Nova Scotians, Immigrants and economically disadvantaged persons.

Position:  Family Support Assistant (FSA) position for our Halifax North Office on Agricola Street, Halifax. This is a 1 year contract position with the potential of permanency. The primary responsibility of the FSA will be to assist family practice lawyers with representation of family law clients.

Reporting to the Managing Lawyer and under the direction of Staff Lawyers, the FSA provides comprehensive administrative and secretarial support to the lawyer in the day-to-day conduct of clients’ legal affairs. The FSA will have responsibility for a wide range of assignments involving the day-to-day operations of the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission.

Salary Range:  NSLAC Clerical Pay Scale (CL); CL 14-1 to 22-5, plus benefits.

Responsibilities (includes but not limited to):

  • Effectively manage family clients’ applications and intake.
  • Obtain required information to complete draft affidavits, financial statements, and other required forms.
  • Manage, coordinate and ensure the smooth flow of work in a family Lawyer’s practice.
  • Provide legal assistant support as well as conduct preliminary research.
  • Prepare, issue, and arrange for the service of Subpoenas & track status of cases through Court.
  • Organize file materials and exhibits for trials and case/pre-trial/settlement conferences and prepare file for closure by lawyer.
  • Assist in Court with taking notes.
  • Prepare rough draft of Court Orders.
  • Any other additional projects and tasks as required

Requirements:

  • Graduate of a recognized post-secondary clerical certificate program or 5 years of equivalent work experience.
  • Ideally, 1 year of previous experience handling Family Law Cases in a law office and have a good working knowledge of legal terminology, legal research and court procedures.
  • Excellent PC literacy – Word, Excel, Outlook.
  • Excellent typing and communication skills, including attention to detail and accuracy and capacity to work under pressure of deadlines and multiple competing priorities.
  • Ability to work independently, to take initiative, and to use judgment in matters of extreme confidentiality and sensitivity.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team setting.
  • Ability to meet the public and interact with judges, senior government officials, lawyers and agencies within government in a tactful, professional and courteous manner.
  • Commissioner of Oaths, or will have ability to meet this requirement within 90 days of commencing employment with NSLA.

You will find a place to grow personally and professionally with opportunities for professional development.

You will do meaningful and challenging work in a publicly accountable and respectful working environment that is diverse, safe and inclusive.

Candidates can submit their resume in confidence to:

Evelyn Adesida
Human Resources (HR) Specialist
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
920-1701 Hollis Street,
Halifax, NS B3J 3M8
Tel: 902-420-6588
Evelyn.Adesida@nslegalaid.ca

Closing Date:  Monday, January 21, 2019 at 4:30 pm

We thank you in advance for your application, however only qualified candidates will be contacted

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. If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are 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.

Continuing the Dialogue – National Self-Represented Litigants Project Report

In October 2018, 15 self-represented litigants (SRLs) and 45 justice system representatives took part in facilitated plenary discussions, small working group discussions focused on specific issues related to SRLs and the justice system, listened to panels presented by both SRLs and justice system insiders, and attended small networking events. Below is a copy of the Continuing the Dialogue: Final Event Report 2018.

Continuing the Dialogue Event Report 2018

East Preston resident pleased with successful migration of her land by Nova Scotia Legal Aid’s Dartmouth Land Title Office

Having clear title to your land is important in more ways than you may realize. Migrating your property to the new land registration system signifies clear title to the government. This, in turn, allows you to have a real say over your property. The following story shows the difference having clear title can make.

A long-time community member of East Preston and client of the Land Title Initiative, who wishes to remain anonymous, learned about the Initiative through a friend. Their friend attended one of the community meetings early this year. Concerned for the community, this individual told the client and others that everyone should apply to ensure clear title to their land. Heeding these words, the client applied to the Initiative.

The client has owned the property since 1997 and wished to have the property migrated into the new land registration system.  Ms. Shanisha Grant, the Staff Lawyer working in the Dartmouth Land Title Office, met with the client to explain the migration process and gather additional information about the property.  Once a historical search of the property was completed and reviewed with the client, the property was successfully migrated to the new land registration system.

The process was speedy, taking only three months to complete the property migration. Ms. Grant received the application this past July and successfully completed the migration by early September 2018.  When talking about her experience with the Initiative, the client stated, “I was very pleased with the experience I had working with the Initiative and the work that was done.” She also expressed having peace of mind, affirming that, “it feels good knowing that it’s done and that I can relax and not have to worry about it anymore.”

Having the land migrated certifies to the government that the client has clear title to her land. She is now free to obtain a mortgage, sell her property, or pass her property down to her children if she wishes.

If you reside, or own real property, in North Preston, East Preston, Cherry Brook/Lake Loon, Sunnyville, or Lincolnville, and have land title issues/need migration services, please contact Nova Scotia Legal Aid to apply for free legal services:

Inquiries can be sent to lti@nslegalaid.ca or by fax to 902-420-6561.

2017-18 Annual Report Summary Booklet

The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission’s 2017-18 Annual Report Summary Booklet is now available on our website (About Us, Legal Aid Publications) and can be found here:  Annual Report Summary 2017-18