Articled Student Position – Yukon Human Rights Commission (advertised June 1, 2017)
The Yukon Human Rights Commission is a statutory human rights agency based in Whitehorse, Yukon. Our mission is to promote equality and diversity through research, education, and enforcement of the Yukon Human Rights Act. The Commission is respected as a trusted, impartial, and impactful organization which provides accessible public information and education about human rights throughout the Yukon; partners proactively with individuals and institutions to improve understanding of and respect for human rights in Yukon; and provides a fair and effective process for dealing with human rights complaints. See our website www.yhrc.yk.ca.
Description: The Articled Student will assist the Commission’s Legal Counsel in all aspects of the work of the legal team, including legal research, drafting letters and pleadings, providing opinions and memoranda, as well as assisting in the review, resolution and investigation of complaints. The Articled Student will also participate in public legal education work, including drafting of plain language documents and presentations for the public.
The successful candidate must:
- be eligible for admission to the Yukon Law Society as a Student-at-Law;
- demonstrate professionalism, ethics, and confidentiality;
- demonstrate confidence and respect when interacting with the public;
- be able to express complex legal concepts in plain language both orally and in writing;
- have a robust understanding of equality and diversity;
- be able to work independently and as part of a team;
- have proficiency with modern business software and legal research tools;
- be fluent in written and spoken English; and
- demonstrate collegial, respectful, and professional behaviour in the workplace.
The following additional qualifications may be considered an asset:
- Courses and/or experience in the following areas of law: Administrative Law, Legal Process, Human Rights Law, International Human Rights Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Indigenous Law, and any law courses dealing with equality and diversity;
- Language skills and cultural fluency;
- Experience working directly with vulnerable sectors of the public;
- Public speaking skills, public presentation experience;
- Experience with Indigenous or First Nations culture, language and history; and
- Legal clinic experience, litigation or tribunal experience.
Full-time 35 hours per week – Monday to Friday, 1 year term position. Salary $22/hour ($40,000 per annum). Health and dental benefits provided. This position is located in Whitehorse, Yukon. Start date is flexible, tentatively September 2017.
Application Information: For more information or to apply please email firstname.lastname@example.org by June 20, 2017. Applications will be considered as they are received. Include a cover letter and resume.