Recruiting Roster Lawyers Province-wide for a New Workplace Sexual Harassment Legal Advice Service

  • January 22, 2020

CLAS is a non-profit legal aid society providing legal assistance to a wide range of British Columbians through our programs and projects. CLAS has received funding from the Department of Justice Canada to implement a new legal advice program for workplace sexual harassment in British Columbia; the Sexual Harassment Advice, Response, and Prevention for Work (SHARP Work) Program. CLAS is recruiting province-wide to develop a roster of lawyers (ad hoc lawyers) to assist us in providing this service.

Scope of Legal Advice Services: Under this Program, lawyers will provide up to five (5) hours of legal advice to persons throughout BC who are alleging sexual harassment in the workplace. Lawyers are expected to provide in-person legal consultation with clients where feasible. Where in-person services are not possible, legal advice may be given by telephone or video conference.

Compensation: CLAS will compensate lawyers based on Legal Services Society (LSS) tariff hourly rates. Current LSS tariff rates are: Less than 4 year call: $104.88/hour, 4 or more years and less than 10 years: $110.13/hour and 10+ years: $115.36/hour. If travel is required, expenses will be reimbursed in accordance to CLAS policy.

Qualifications:

  • Must be an insured practicing member of the Law Society of BC in good standing
  • Preference may be given to lawyers with:
    • Practice experience in the following areas of law: provincial human rights, federal human rights, employment and labour, workers compensation, criminal sexual harassment and sexual assault
    • Experience dealing with underserved or vulnerable populations, including women, Indigenous communities, LGBTQ2S+ communities, ethno-cultural minority communities, non-status/refugee/immigrant communities, persons living with disabilities, seasonal and temporary workers, persons living in rural and remote communities.
    • Experience and/or training in cultural competency and trauma-informed approaches
  • Willingness to provide services in-person and/or remotely to rural and remote locations

To Apply: Lawyers interested in being considered for the roster are requested to e-mail a cv or short biography with a cover letter detailing how you meet the qualifications to SHARPWork@clasbc.net by Friday, January 31, 2020.

Lawyers are expected to attend on-boarding training for the program. The initial training is tentatively planned for March 5-6, 2020.

Questions? For more information, please email SHARPWork@clasbc.net or call CLAS at 604-685-3425 or 1-888-685-6222.