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Zuber & Company LLP Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jun 19, 2018
Full time
Zuber & Company LLP, is a boutique law firm specializing in insurance defence. We are growing rapidly and are currently seeking an associate lawyer. The ideal candidate has at least two years of experience, preferably in insurance defence and is confident, possesses excellent communication skills and takes pride in exceeding expectations. We offer competitive compensation and benefits, a fast paced and collegial atmosphere and an opportunity to develop your skills and career working with a team of professionals who are dedicated to achieving results for their clients.
Shopify Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jun 19, 2018
Full time
Shopify is the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants use our software to design, set up, and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces, brick-and-mortar locations, and pop-up shops. We currently power over 600,000 stores in approximately 175 different countries, including stores for Nestle, Red Bull, Rebecca Minkoff, and Kylie Cosmetics. As Shopify grows, we face increasing volume, scope and complexity in our legal work. As Corporate Legal Counsel at Shopify, you will work on challenging and novel legal issues in multiple geographies. You will need  a broad base of legal knowledge, solid technical and research skills, a wealth of experience, common sense and grit. You must be able to synthesize and analyze information from a variety of sources, spot issues, and efficiently and determinatively come to a business-focused solution that mitigates risk on a tight timeline with limited resources and judicious use of external counsel where necessary. You will own the implementation and management of your solutions over the long-term. The ability to re-calibrate, iterate or pivot when faced with new information or changing circumstances is key. Reporting to Erin, our Vice-President, Assistant General Counsel, you will regularly support a variety of Shopify teams and collaborate with members of Shopify’s legal team.   Although the role will be ever-evolving, currently we are looking for someone who will be responsible for: incorporating and managing subsidiaries in multiple international jurisdictions; designing and managing subsidiary corporate governance practices and policies; designing and managing processes to support Shopify as we expand into new geographies, both as a service provider and as an employer, and dealing with issues as they inevitably arise;   negotiating, drafting and reviewing a variety of agreements (for example employment agreements, facilities leases, terms of service, procurement agreements, license agreements); and assessing and communicating legal risk while collaborating on the development of  business strategies. Some requirements for this role: A JD or LLB Relevant legal experience, ideally having started out at a law firm followed by in-house experience Licensed to practice law in either a Canadian or American jurisdiction Experience reviewing, drafting and negotiating complex commercial agreements Experience incorporating and managing international subsidiaries Experience leading projects and managing multiple priorities, stakeholders and deadlines Ability to both work collaboratively as part of a team and on an individual basis without  a lot of guidance or oversight Experience managing external legal counsel Ability to thrive in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment Exceptional business judgement, relationship-building skills and creativity Strong written and interpersonal communication skills A good sense of humor (we take our work very seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously) Our ideal candidate is a book and street smart lawyer who strives for excellence, and who knows that there is always room for continuous improvement. Someone who thrives on change, embraces challenge, is passionate about delivering exceptional legal work and will be committed to helping build a best-in-class legal team at Shopify. Someone with a “no problem is too big if it needs solving, no job is too small if it needs doing” attitude.   We know that applying to a new role takes a lot of work and we truly value your time. Experience comes in many forms! If your experience comes this close to what we are looking for, please consider applying. Erin is looking forward to reading your application before March 23rd, 2018.   Job post summary Locations Ottawa Toronto Specialty Legal & Finance Team Legal & Finance If your experience is this close to what we’re looking for, please consider applying. Experience comes in many forms – skills are transferable, and passion goes a long way. We know that diversity makes for the best problem-solving and creative thinking, which is why we’re dedicated to adding new perspectives to the team and encourage everyone to apply. Join a world-class team  
Queen's University Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Jun 19, 2018
Full time
Senior Legal Counsel About Queen's University Queen’s University is the Canadian research intensive university with a transformative student learning experience. Here the employment experience is as diverse as it is interesting. We have opportunities in multiple areas of globally recognized research, faculty administration, engineering & construction, athletics & recreation, power generation, corporate shared services, and many more. We are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcome applications from individuals from equity seeking groups such as women, racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous/Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, persons who identify in the LGBTQ+ community and others who reflect the diversity of Canadian society. Come work with us! Job Summary Queen’s University is seeking an experienced lawyer who is highly proficient in the field of Administrative Law. Reporting to the University Counsel, the Senior Legal Counsel will provide timely and effective advice to multiple university participants about compliance in key areas of university responsibility: accessibility, accommodation, data protection and privacy, human rights, and records management. In addition, there is a particular emphasis on supporting university adjudicative processes related to academic and non-academic issues such as: academic appeals; academic integrity matters; and, student conduct. This position offers the opportunity to use your experience and judgment to consult on a wide variety of strategic decisions and initiatives with a great deal of autonomy. You will work across the university with all 5 faculties, a number of administrative units and senior administration, ensuring that every day is both challenging and rewarding. The University Secretariat and Legal Counsel Office is a very collaborative team that works with committees that consist of people with diverse ideas and backgrounds, to which our ideal candidate will add valuable perspective. If your skills and experience meet our requirements, and you are looking for a collaborative environment that offers numerous challenges, we encourage you to apply. Job Description KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Work closely with University Counsel and Corporate Counsel to provide sound strategic legal advice to the university community, based on subject-matter expertise in administrative law, tribunal hearings, human rights, labour and employment and other areas affecting university operations. Monitor, review and provide practical and unbiased advice and representation on procedural and contractual arrangements. Ensure the provision of expert, timely, practical, effective and consistent legal advice to clients within the university community and ensure consistency in decision-making processes. Serve as a trusted strategic partner with University and Corporate Counsel and with senior management, Departmental leaders, and academic administrators. Engage in meaningful efforts to understand the diverse academic, research and operational needs of the University. Provide clear, accurate assessment of legal issues and risks while respecting business judgment and decision-making authority of university administrators. Represent the university’s interests on procedural and substantive matters. Provide strategic advice concerning dispute and conflict resolution. Conduct thorough and objective research, providing information and effective recommendations to University Counsel, Corporate Counsel, and other university clients. Participate on committees and working groups as assigned, representing the Office of the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel in a professional manner that builds relationships, encourages inter-departmental collaboration and promotes the University’s strategic goals. Determine the need for, develop and deliver, training programs to university clients as appropriate. Liaise with external counsel, provide litigation support and management. As appropriate, represent the university’s interests before courts and administrative tribunals. Participate in professional development to maintain knowledge of changes to relevant laws and regulations, working with key stakeholders to understand the operational and procedural impacts such changes may have on the university. Perform other duties as assigned. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A law degree (LLB or JD), from an accredited Canadian university, and member in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada. A minimum of 12 years’ of experience practising law, including at least 8 years’ prior experience in administrative law, working with a variety of administrative boards and/or tribunals. Previous exposure to corporate/commercial, construction, intellectual property and procurement law would be an asset. A breadth of general legal knowledge across a variety of fields. Proven success in providing fair and impartial legal guidance regarding complex issues. Prior experience in developing policies and procedures/guidelines in a private or public sector organization. Experience in dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration, and enforcement of policies and procedures/guidelines. Prior legal experience in a post-secondary education setting would be an asset. SPECIAL SKILLS: Ability to cultivate and maintain productive and collaborative relationships with the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel team, with a broad range of university clients including academics, students, staff, senior administrations, and with external legal consultants. Excellent facilitation and mediation skills, with the ability to use these skills to develop solutions that ethically, tactfully and diplomatically respond to the needs and expectations of diverse groups at all levels. Sound judgement and discretion when dealing with confidential and sensitive issues, and the ability to recognize when it is necessary to escalate issues to University Counsel or Corporate Counsel. Ability to swiftly prioritize matters and to and manage multiple, competing short and long-term projects, and to shift quickly between substantive areas of law. Excellent communication skills: listening, written and verbal, and the ability to adjust communication style to specific audiences. Possess high standards of ethics and integrity as demonstrated by having the ability to make and communicate difficult decisions and the ability to deliver difficult messages in sensitive situations, while maintaining trust and strong working relationships with colleagues and clients. Exceptional ability to draft accurate, complete and persuasive legal documents such as legal opinions and responses, position statements, legal briefs and correspondence. Proven record of commitment to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. Strong administrative, organizational and time management skills. Ability to work with a variety of software tools including spreadsheets, databases, document management tools, and internet/legal search engines. DECISION MAKING: Facilitates complex decision-making processes, leveraging all identified clients and stakeholders. Determines type and level of information required by University Counsel and Corporate Counsel to support decision-making. Makes effective recommendations to University Counsel or Corporate Counsel concerning university policies and procedures. Provides expert advice and effective recommendations to university decision-makers. Set and direct own work, ensuring task due dates are aligned with portfolio and unit priorities and/or deadlines. Make decisions on completeness of all related process tasks aligned with portfolio and unit priorities. Determines appropriate learning strategy when developing training documents or delivering training programs. Assign work to administrative support staff as appropriate. Closing Statement The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The University provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. Candidates requiring accommodation during the recruitment process are asked to contact Human Resources at hradmin@queensu.ca.  
BC Civil Liberties Association Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Jun 19, 2018
Full time
The BCCLA seeks a litigation lawyer who is passionate about using their legal skills to uphold civil liberties and human rights in Canada. The position will commence in September 2018. The position will remain open until filled, which will not be before July 16, 2018. Interviews may be conducted on a rolling basis as we receive applications. About us: The BC Civil Liberties Association is one of Canada's leading social and democratic justice not‑for‑profit organizations. Our mandate that includes work on police accountability, government transparency, voting rights, prisoners’ rights, national security issues, equality and women's rights. The BCCLA is a small team with a big reach. About the position: The Litigation Staff Counsel will litigate cases and engage in advocacy to uphold civil liberties and human rights throughout Canada. Responsibilities include developing and litigating impact‑driven cases on a wide range of issues at the trial and appellate levels of court, and acting for the BCCLA in test cases, often in partnership with pro bono lawyers. The Litigation Staff Counsel will represent the BCCLA publicly through speaking engagements and media interviews, and collaborate with staff in other departments to set goals and implement strategies that advance the BCCLA's priorities. Our current legal cases include constitutional litigation on medically‑assisted dying, a legal challenge to use of indefinite solitary confinement in Canadian prisons, and a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s mass interception and searching of Canadians’ international phone and Internet communications. We also litigate high profile interventions at the Supreme Court of Canada and all other levels of court across Canada. The BCCLA is committed to building an inclusive and diverse workplace and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized groups including Indigenous people, people of colour and LGBTQ+ people are welcome to self-identify, should they feel comfortable in doing so, in their cover letter. The lawyer in this position will have the following principal responsibilities: Legal Investigate, develop, and litigate civil liberties and human rights cases in courts and tribunals; identify and recruit plaintiffs, conduct factual and legal research, prepare memorandums, draft pleadings and arguments, conduct discovery, argue motions, prepare witnesses, try cases, write appellate arguments and intervention briefs. Supervise, lead, or participate in teams of associated lawyers; act as co‑counsel on cases with other public interest groups and BCCLA lawyers. Recruit and work successfully with BCCLA pro bono lawyers. Review, comment on and edit letters, pleadings and arguments of co‑counsel and other BCCLA staff litigation counsel. Contribute to legal analysis and legal strategy with BCCLA staff. Provide support to the Litigation Director and Executive Director on an as‑needed basis. Leadership, Public Education and Teamwork Serve as a spokesperson for the BCCLA with the press and as a public speaker. Work with BCCLA staff on organizational priorities, and to implement integrated public education and advocacy campaigns and high‑impact strategies working with the BCCLA’s communication, policy, and litigation programs. Engage with coalition partners, legislators, legislative staff, and community representatives working on similar issues, building issue networks across the country as appropriate. Support the BCCLA’s efforts to educate the public by writing editorials, blogs and other materials. Providing guidance and mentorship to more junior staff counsel and our articling student. Pro‑actively communicate with BCCLA staff and the Board of Directors so that they are well‑informed of upcoming hearings, judicial decisions, and important developments in the legal arena. Manage project budgets and work with development staff to source funding, and prepare updates and reports for funders and the BCCLA board, including financial reporting as needed. Supervision: The Litigation Staff Counsel will report to the Litigation Director, who is responsible for implementation of the nationwide legal program, and the Executive Director. About you: You possess the following personal attributes: You are personally committed to advancing the BCCLA’s values, mission, goals and programs, with an understanding of and commitment to the entire range of civil liberties issues and their implications. You possess an understanding of the state of civil liberties and human rights in Canada, of current events and the legal and political environment, and the ability to identify and prioritize the areas of opportunity to advance the BCCLA’s cause. You are a reliable, creative and energetic person who can handle and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities; a self‑starter and finisher. You are a team player and problem‑solver who inspires collaboration and functions decisively; flexible and well organized. You have strong interpersonal and emotional skills and a sense of humour in order to maintain balance and perspective. You are able to thrive in highly charged situations and adapt to changing conditions to get the job done. Experience and Qualifications: J.D. or LL.B degree. At least 5 years’ practice as a litigator with trial and appellate experience. Demonstrated experience with constitutional litigation is an asset. Member of the Law Society of British Columbia or eligible for call to the BC Bar. Exceptional analytical, research, writing, and speaking skills. Substantive knowledge and understanding of constitutional law and civil liberties issues as well as the ability to think creatively and to use both litigation and non‑litigation strategies to promote objectives. Demonstrated skills in litigating independently, jointly, and under pressure. Comfortable engaging law firm pro bono lawyers and the tact to harness their partnership and respect. Demonstrated leadership skills, including supervising legal staff and coordinating with both internal and external partners. Superb organization skills with strong follow‑through and the ability to meet multiple and tight deadlines. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with both legal and non‑legal audiences. Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively on a variety of projects with lawyers, other staff members, and with community organizations and coalitions. Ability, or willingness and capacity to develop ability in media and public speaking. A commitment to diversity: a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences and understands power dynamics associated with race, ethnicity, age, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio‑economic circumstance. Ability and willingness to travel periodically within BC and Canada. Ability to work long hours when needed for an employer that strives to ensure its employees can enjoy a balanced lifestyle. Ability in a language other than English is an asset. Volunteer or work experience in non‑profit advocacy or other community‑based groups is valuable but not essential. Compensation: Salary is based on the BCCLA’s Salary Structure, commencing at $60,000 for a first year call and proceeding through to $90,000 for 16th year of call and beyond. Our target is to hire between the fifth year of call ($66,000) and tenth year of call ($78,000). Benefits include extended health and dental plan for the employee, spouse and dependents, a life insurance plan, as well as four weeks’ annual vacation and a generous sick leave policy. Our progressive workplace environment includes the possibility for flexible work arrangements. Application and Selection Process: The BCCLA offers a welcoming and respectful work environment. The BCCLA is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to building an inclusive and diverse workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified applicants. We encourage applicants from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized groups including Indigenous people, people of colour and queer people to self‑identify in their covering letter or in the body of their email when they submit their application. Please upload the following: your resume (PDF) cover letter and up to two writing samples (combined PDF): one sample of your legal writing, and, if available, one sample of your writing for a public audience. When submitting your application please name and save your attachments with your first and last name in the title, such as: “FirstnameLastname Cover Letter + Writing Samples.pdf” and “FirstnameLastname Resume.pdf.” Please provide the contact information for three professional references in the designated field on the application webpage. Applications must be uploaded to this recruiting site by the end of the day on July 16, 2018. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so it is to a candidate’s advantage to apply sooner rather than later. We thank all applicants for their interest, but we will respond only to candidates who are being considered for an interview. Interviews will be conducted by BCCLA staff at our office in Vancouver (accessible by elevator), or by video for candidates who live outside of the south coast of BC and southern Vancouver Island. The BCCLA will make appropriate accommodations if needed for candidates that we interview.  
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