In-House Conduct Counsel Job in Calgary, Canada
The Law Society of Alberta is the self-governing body for Alberta’s lawyers with a mandate to regulate the profession in the public interest. As a regulator, the Law Society sets standards and enforces those standards for Alberta lawyers.
Job Description – In-House Conduct Counsel in Calgary
The Law Society of Alberta is seeking a Conduct Counsel to join its Conduct Department. The Department provides a comprehensive complaint resolution system, responding to complaints about lawyers that may come from public, members, financial institutions, or businesses. As a key member of the Conduct team, the Conduct Counsel will review, analyze, summarize, and process complaints; communicate with complainants and lawyers throughout the process; and present recommendations to the Conduct Committee Panels as required by the Legal Profession Act.
Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities
- Identify issues and evaluate the conduct of the lawyer with reference to the Legal Profession Act, the Rules of the Law Society, or the Code of Professional Conduct to determine whether the threshold test has been met, and recommend next steps in the discipline process.
- Oversee assigned complaints and communicate with complainants, lawyers, and relevant internal and external entities.
- Analyze risk associated with complaints, and when increased risk is detected, notify the appropriate level of senior management to ensure a coordinated Law Society response. As necessary, direct an investigation, request counsel, recommend retention of experts, and make applications that a lawyer be suspended on an interim basis.
- Act as a liaison and resource to other Law Society departments, including Investigations and Counsel.
- Provide legal advice to investigators, including assessment and sufficiency of evidence.
- Present legal opinions and recommendations to Conduct Committee Panels, answer any questions, and provide legal advice regarding potential actions.
Education and Professional Skills/Knowledge
- LL.B. or J.D. degree (or equivalent).
- Good standing with a Canadian Law Society.
- Minimum of 7 years of experience at the bar with significant client exposure in broad areas of law.
- High degree of professional ethics and integrity, sound judgement and analytical skills, and excellent interpersonal skills.
- Advanced written and oral communication skills, the ability to work effectively as part of a dynamic team, and strong time management and organizational skills.
- Ability to prioritize workloads, work under pressure, and adhere to strict deadlines.
- A background in litigation and/or training in mediation would be considered an asset.
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