Advocacy Lawyer

at Canadian Bar Association (view profile)
Location Ottawa, Canada
Date Posted August 11, 2019
Category Alt Legal
Job Type Full-Time



Under the direction of the Executive Director, Advocacy, monitors, identifies and evaluates trends and issues in the legal profession; develops and manages projects with CBA constituent bodies; liaises with assigned CBA constituent bodies; monitors federal legislative and policy development activity; liaises with government officials, Parliamentary staff and CBA members on policy initiatives; coordinates CBA responses to those initiatives.


  • Monitors, identifies and evaluates trends and issues in the legal profession and related professions
  • Develops, manages, coordinates and otherwise assists on Advocacy Department projects and initiatives, and substantive issues arising from the mandate of Board Committees, Subcommittees and Task Forces, as assigned
  • Monitors federal legislation and law reform initiatives
  • Develops and maintains effective contacts with federal officials, Parliamentary staff and other relevant organizations
  • Advises CBA Sections, Subcommittees and Task Forces on legislative and policy initiatives within their respective mandates and develops government relations plans
  • Coordinates CBA responses to federal government initiatives, writing and editing submissions, advising on potential political implications for the CBA, and briefing CBA members on government relations and appearances before Parliamentary Committees
  • Monitors outcome of submissions and advises on follow-up responses
  • Advises Communications staff for media relations relating to law reform initiatives
  • Attends meetings and represents the CBA in substantive consultations
  • Responds to requests from CBA members, media, and the public on an ad hoc basis
  • Acts as liaison to Board Subcommittees and Task Forces, as assigned
  • Prepares briefing materials and communications for CBA Board and Committee members
  • Attends Section, Committee, Subcommittee, Task Force and Association meetings, as assigned
  • Other related duties as assigned



  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an accredited university and membership in a provincial or territorial law society in Canada


  • Project management experience, preferably in a law firm or volunteer-driven professional association, with demonstrated ability to bring together a team of people with disparate interests
  • Research and policy experience, with demonstrated ability to analyze complex legal issues
  • Five years called to the bar

 Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Ability to work in English and French, required
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in both official languages
  • Knowledge of law firm or in-house legal department environment in the private, public or voluntary sector
  • Knowledge of federal government legislative and policy-making processes
  • Knowledge of Canadian Parliamentary processes
  • Ability to work as a team member, with groups and various personalities
  • Ability to multi-task and work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work under pressure as circumstances dictate
  • Tact, judgment, political acumen, cultural sensitivity
  • Availability for weekend meetings and ability to travel.


The CBA offers benefits, pension plan, additional time off and a work week of 33.75 hours. We are located in the heart of downtown Ottawa at 66 Slater St.

Please note, this Job Description is not meant to be all-inclusive, rather an overall representation of the main Responsibilities, Tasks and Qualifications.

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resumé to by Aug 23, 2019.

The Canadian Bar Association is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities in all areas of the hiring process. If you require an accommodation during the hiring process, please make your needs known in advance. Accommodation requests will be provided on an individual basis.


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