Paralegal, Investigations and Discipline
Our Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement, and Discipline departments are seeking a Paralegal. This position works as part of a team to support the effective investigation of complaints and the prosecution of any discipline hearing that is authorized following the investigation. The Paralegal works closely with lawyers and other staff in both the Investigations and Discipline departments and reports to the managers of both those departments.
This role exercises considerable autonomy, judgment and diplomacy in accomplishing the work of the position and operate under the general oversight of the Manager, Investigations and Manager, Discipline
The duties of this position include:
- consulting with team members to determine the most effective way to organize documents and other information collected in investigations and implementing the method of organization;
- assisting with interviews of witnesses;
- obtaining relevant documents and information through searches of court and government registries and on-line sources;
- reviewing and analyzing file materials and producing written reports, including evidence chronologies and lists of key documents;
- researching legal issues and preparing memos;
- preparing disclosure of investigation files when a citation is authorized;
- creating and maintaining various knowledge management tools, including tables, indexes, spreadsheets and databases;
- assisting with the preparation of Affidavits;
- assisting with the preparation of hearing materials, including compiling professional conduct records, books of authority, books of documents and drafting agreed statements of fact;
- preparing statistics
- attending meetings of the Discipline Committee and drafting minutes of the meetings;
- such other duties that the Manager, Investigations or Manager, Discipline may assign.
- paralegal diploma supplemented by relevant experience in an investigative or litigation environment;
- proficiency with computer software including:
- Microsoft Office
- case and document management programs
- database and knowledge management systems
- excellent legal research skills;
- excellent organizational, communication, interpersonal and analytical skills;
- demonstrated ability to handle and effectively prioritize a high volume of work and to work well both on own and within a team.
To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to email@example.com. The closing date for this competition is August 11, 2015. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Manager, Forensic Accounting and Trust Compliance
The Trust Regulation Group is seeking a Manager, Forensic Accounting and Trust Compliance. This role is responsible for overseeing the operations of both departments to ensure the effective and efficient regulation of trust funds handled by BC law firms.
Reporting to the Director, Trust Regulation, the Manager oversees a department of 22, including 2 team leaders, 3 forensic accountants, 11 compliance auditors and 6 administrative staff.
The duties of this position include:
- Providing leadership and mentorship to the Forensic Accounting and Trust Assurance departments.
- Key liaison between Trust Regulation group and other Regulatory departments within the Law Society.
- Development and oversight of Forensic Accounting and Trust Assurance policies and procedures, including trust accounting (internal control) rules and regulations for all B.C. lawyers and law firms.
- Managing and oversight of an operating budget of $2.5 million.
- Reporting to management and Benchers includes operating metrics and key performance measures.
- Providing leadership and management of all Forensic Accounting Investigations, and related matters, file monitors, and forensic assists performed by internal and external forensic accountants, including interviewing members and presenting evidence at Law Society hearings and/or court.
- Acting as Team Leader/oversight over forensic accounting investigations performed by external accountants.
- Development and oversight of Forensic Accounting policies and procedures.
Trust Assurance Program
- Providing leadership and effective management in the development, design, continued oversight and improvement of the Trust Assurance Program, which includes the completion of approximately 500 compliance audits of BC law firms each year.
- Development and oversight of Trust Assurance policies and procedures.
- Developing and maintaining Risk and Compliance analysis and selection criteria risk rating tools, used in prioritizing the review of annual trust filings and compliance audit schedules.
- Providing trust assurance advice to B.C. lawyers. Developing resource materials and presenting to external groups.
- Such other duties as required.
- Professional Accounting designation (CPA, CA, CGA or CMA), plus a Diploma in Forensic Accounting (DIFA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Financial Forensics (CFF), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation, or advanced training in fraud/forensic investigation and internal audit standards. Depending on forensic accounting experience, DIFA is preferred (or willing to complete).
- A minimum of 10 - 15 years of relevant experience in the areas of forensic accounting, internal audit, auditing, fraud.
- Excellent leadership and analytical skills.
- Strong interpersonal, communication and team building skills.
- Requires the ability to meet changing deadlines, and priorities in highly stressful situations.
- Knowledge of Trust Accounting Rules as well as various sections of the Legal Profession Act and the Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia is preferred.
To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for this competition is August 3, 2015. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Staff Lawyer, Intake & Early Resolution
Are you looking for an organization where work-life balance, diversity and a common sense of purpose are more than just talk? Join the Law Society of British Columbia. Our staff, volunteers and Benchers are committed to one common goal: upholding and protecting the public interest in the administration of justice.
Our Intake & Early Resolution department is seeking to fill a one year contract, staff lawyer position. This role will be on a 0.6 full-time equivalent work schedule.
The Intake & Early Resolution department is responsible for the intake and handling of conduct inquiries, the substantiation of new complaints and the investigation and assessment of complaints.
The role of the Staff Lawyer, Intake & Early Resolution is to conduct effective and timely investigations and, where appropriate, to resolve complaints against lawyers and articled students. In assessing complaints, the Staff Lawyer is responsible for evaluating whether the complaints involving disciplinary or competency issues and referring the complaints to the Discipline Committee, with recommendations as to the appropriate disciplinary response, or to the Practice Standards Committee. The Staff Lawyer is expected to manage an assigned file load involving a broad spectrum of issues.
The duties of this position include:
- Handling of public enquiries and new complaints to determine whether there are professional conduct, competency, or conduct unbecoming issues for the Law Society to review
- Identifying relevant issues and conducting thorough, efficient, timely and focused investigations by gathering and assessing evidence
- Conducting interviews of lawyers and others, as necessary
- Exercising discretion to close complaints or refer them to the Discipline or Practice Standards Committee
- Preparing clear, well-reasoned closing letters and opinions for consideration by the Discipline Committee
- Other duties as the Manager, Intake & Early Resolution may require
The nature of the work requires frequent contact with the public and lawyers as well as the ability to efficiently and effectively evaluate information and evidence. It also requires a comprehensive understanding of the Law Society Rules, the Legal Profession Act, and the Code of Professional Conduct for BC.
- Practicing membership in the Law Society of BC or eligibility for membership
- A minimum of 5 years of recent practice experience
- Specific subject matter experience considered an asset
- Superior writing and excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Mediation training experience considered an asset
This position is within the Professional Conduct job classification and the salary range for this position would be $61,683.47 to $68,940.35 (salary is reflective of a 0.6 FTE).
To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to email@example.com. The closing date for this competition is August 21, 2015. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
For more information, contact Human Resources.
Working at the Law Society
Law Society staff, volunteers and Benchers (our board of governors) are committed to one common goal: protecting the public interest in the administration of justice by setting and enforcing standards of professional conduct for lawyers.
We are an organization that values diversity, equity and a shared sense of purpose. Our annual employee survey consistently reveals that the Law Society ranks much higher than other organizations in employee engagement, making us a very desirable place to work.
We seek high-performing individuals who enjoy challenging and interesting work, a supportive team environment and a healthy work/life balance.