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Job Posting: ECELAW Articled Clerk 2018-2019

ECELAW is seeking a motivated individual with strong legal research skills and an interest in environmental law to join our team as an Articled Clerk from June 2018 – June 2019.

ECELAW is an environmental law charity. From our offices in Halifax, we work throughout Atlantic Canada to secure a clean, healthy environment through public legal education, community collaboration, and legal action.

ECELAW works to make environmental laws and legal options easy to understand for Atlantic Canadians who are fighting for environmental and climate justice. We collaborate with local, regional, and national groups to strengthen and improve environmental laws and to ensure those laws are upheld, and we provide direct support to individuals, organizations, and communities that seek to defend our environment through law and legal action.

ECELAW provides environmental law information, education, and research to Atlantic Canadians by working with law students, hosting community workshops and legal clinics, responding to legal inquiries from the public, and publishing open-access reports and relevant case summaries on our website.

As ECELAW’s Articled Clerk, you will:

  • be exposed to and carry out research on diverse environmental law issues, some of which may include marine and aquaculture regulations, federal and provincial environmental assessment processes, environmental rights, local resource extraction, climate change, freedom of information, and legislative review;
  • play an active role in developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with environmental organizations, government actors, and community stakeholders throughout Atlantic Canada;
  • supervise law students who work with ECELAW as volunteers;
  • gain valuable insight into the daily management of a legal non-profit;
  • contribute to access to justice;
  • join a small but committed team, where your contributions will make a lasting impact.

In the past, ECELAW’s Articled Clerk has contributed to projects such as a FOIPOP appeal and the presentation of oral submissions to the federal Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.

ECELAW’s Articled Clerkship is a shared articling arrangement, and the successful candidate for this position will split their time equally between ECELAW and McKiggan Hebert Lawyers: a personal injury law firm with an office in downtown Halifax.

By working with McKiggan Hebert, you will:

  • be exposed to additional areas of law, including personal injury law, medical malpractice, employment disputes, commercial transactions, and Aboriginal and Indigenous law;
  • conduct client intakes, develop relationships with clients, identify legal issues, and advise clients on their legal options;
  • draft legal documents and materials, including briefs, motions, affidavits, and legal correspondence;
  • be responsible for overseeing legal claims and managing files to their resolution; 
  • attend court and advocate on behalf of clients, including at discoveries, settlement conferences, small claims court, trial, or settlement negotiations;
  • be part of a dynamic legal team and learn about the daily management of a small law firm.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

Application materials may be addressed to:

Lisa Mitchell, Executive Director

East Coast Environmental Law Association

6061 University Ave., PO Box 15000

Halifax, NS   B3H 4R2

The application deadline is May 18, 2018.

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