COUNSEL - Civil Law Division – Constitutional Law Branch (2 positions)

Posted on:
September 22, 2021

The Constitutional Law Branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General, Civil Law Division, seeks two experienced, highly skilled lawyers to join a team of specialized counsel providing litigation and legal advisory services to the Government of Ontario on behalf of the Attorney General in respect of constitutional issues arising under theCanadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the federal division of powers and other matters arising under theConstitution Act, 1867, and matters arising under the Human Rights Code.This is an opportunity to work on cutting edge constitutional law issues in a medium-sized legal branch with a dynamic, high-output work environment and a collegial office culture.The Ministry of the Attorney General's Civil Law Division is committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects the public we serve. We strive to foster a respectful, inclusive and supportive workplace.Accommodation is available under the Ontario Human Rights Code; to request it for the purposes of this competition, please contact Virginia DaCosta, Manager of Business Operations, Constitutional Law Branch at Virginia.Dacosta@Ontario.caFOR FULL JOB POSTING: can I expect to do in this role?Responsibilities include:• Providing expert advice on constitutional issues and human rights issues• Conducting complex constitutional litigation before all levels of court and tribunal

How do I qualify?


• Membership in good standing as a lawyer with the Law Society of Ontario

Knowledge and Skills

• You have demonstrated ability, interest, and experience in civil litigation and administrative law• You have demonstrated ability, interest, and experience in constitutional law• You have proven communication skills (oral, written and advocacy)• You have demonstrated ability to research and analyze complex issues of law and public policy• You have the ability to thrive in a high pressure environment, including the ability to work to strict deadlines in a high volume legal practice• You have experience as an effective leader of a team, but are also able to work independently• You have demonstrated ability and experience leading briefings and presenting information to clients and/or decision-makers• You have demonstrated judgment and analytical skills

Additional Information:


  • 2 Temporary, duration up to 12 months, 720 Bay St, Toronto, Toronto Region, Criminal Record Check

Compensation Group: Association of Law Officers of the Crown

Schedule: 6

Category: Legal Services

Posted on: Friday, January 29, 2021


  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Talent Acquisition Branch (TAB), HR Service Delivery Division (HRSDD) to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you.A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.
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Send application to: Legal Recruitment CoordinatorMinistry of the Attorney

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