Legal Counsel

Position Details

  • Title
    Legal Counsel
  • Number of positions available
  • Type of Position
    Temporary Full Time
  • Duration of the position
    6 Months
  • Salary Range
    $84 – $114
  • Date Published
    October 30, 2018 08:00 AM
  • Closing Date
    November 14, 2018 11:59 PM

Position Description


(Temporary Full Time Opportunity – 6 Month Contract – English Position)


The successful candidate will provide legal advice and representation to the Society and its staff on matters pertaining to its’ child welfare mandate and activities, and related matters.



  • Provide legal advice to agency staff on the interpretation and application of legislation pertaining to child welfare, family law, and related or ancillary matters.

  • Prepare cases for presentation in court by co-coordinating the gathering of all information and evidence, drafting pleadings, preparing affidavits, briefs and other documents for filing with the court, and preparing witnesses. 

  • Negotiate settlements and promote alternative dispute resolution.

  • Present cases in the court on behalf of the agency, from first appearance through contested motions, conferences, to trial, and/or the negotiation of settlements.

  • Represent the Society in appeals brought by others and by the Society from orders under the CYFSA, at all levels of court, as required.

  • Represent the Society on applications for disclosure of Society records in criminal or other civil proceedings, in expunction hearings under the Child Abuse Register, and in hearings before the Child and Family Services Review Board.

  • Provide information, advice and counsel to Society workers on case preparation, required evidence and court procedures.

  • Participate in the presentation of training programs on legal matters and procedures for agency staff, foster parents and others, including the preparation and delivery of speeches and/or presentations to various groups in the community interested in child welfare law.

  • Document all legal advice and case activities in accordance with established procedures, including reporting to client in a timely fashion.




  • Bachelor of Laws degree from a university of recognized standing.

  • Member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario.


    Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act and Regulations, the Family Law Rules, the law of evidence.

  • Knowledge of case preparation, presentation and litigation techniques.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide sound legal advice and representation in complex matters with minimal guidance and supervision.

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize work.

  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to work as a team member.



  • Experience representing any Children's Aid Society, children or parents in child protection proceedings.


Annual Salary: From $84,106 to $114,080 based on experience. As well, we offer a comprehensive benefits package and generous leave provisions (such as 2 weeks of vacation after 6 months of service).


This position is not within the bargaining unit.

We encourage all applicants to apply via the agency website at:

Closing Date:November 14, 2018 at 23:59 p.m 


We thank all applicants for their interests in the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa however we will only contact those selected for an interview.

CASO is committed to a candidate selection process and work environment that is inclusive and barrier free. In order to ensure candidates are assessed in a fair and equitable manner, accommodations will be provided to prospective employees in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code.

The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa is dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live in and serve. The Society encourages applications from all qualified individuals.