Family Law Advocate
November 27, 2023| INTERNAL/EXTERNAL JOB POSTING
COMPETITION NO. 23-159
Position: Family Law Advocate – Casual Part-time or Full Time hours
Hours: 21 – 35 per week
We are looking for a Family Law Advocate to join our Advocacy team and Family Law Clinic. This individual must have legal experience, excellent communication skills, a commitment to social justice issues and be a team player. The hours can vary between 21 and 35 per week.
SOURCES is a community-based non-profit organization providing support and hope to communities in the Lower Mainland, on Vancouver Island, and across Northern BC. Sources strives to create vibrant and resilient communities through support to adults, children, youth, and families facing challenges in life such as mental health, disability, poverty, substance use, and conflict. We support our communities through leadership, education, and volunteerism.
Sources is committed to learning about, celebrating and incorporating Indigenous knowledge into our practices as we continue our work in truth and reconciliation. People of all races, cultures, ethnicities, 2SLGBTQIA+, and abilities are welcomed to work with us. We value diversity, respect, and collaboration as we promote our mission: social wellness for our community.
Sources Family Law Clinic offers free legal services to lower-middle income and marginalized individuals. The Legal Advocate will work under the supervision of the Family Lawyer to provide legal information and advocacy on family law matters including child and/or spousal support, parenting time, parenting responsibilities, guardianship, divorce, relocation and protection issues with respect to both provincial and supreme court.
- Screen and identify Individual’s legal issues according to program guidelines and funding mandate.
- Provide emotional support, legal resources, information and appropriate referrals by telephone, website, email, and appointment.
- Assess client information and determine eligibility for referral to Legal Aid.
- Support individuals through the court system, including if appropriate court preparation and accompaniment.
- Build and maintain a positive working relationship with other advocates, lawyers, Legal Services Society, and other relevant groups and individuals.
- Screen and refer individuals to Pro Bono lawyers and Pro Bono clinic.
- Follow-up with lawyers/clients regarding progress/outcome of case.
- Research current policies and procedures, laws, and case law etc. to keep current with various client issues.
- Ensure legal resources are kept current.
- Maintain complete and accurate program records and statistics for all program activities.
- Perform related administrative practices including record keeping, file management and reporting to accredited standards.
- Provide training and public legal educational when necessary.
- Post-Secondary education/or equivalent training/experience and education in Criminology, Psychology, Sociology or Family Law or a related social services program.
- Two years’ experience working in a related field.
- Good understanding of Family Law and working knowledge of Poverty Law and Immigration Law.
- Knowledge of community resources and other social service agencies.
- Self-motivated with the ability to run an organized caseload.
- Ability to speak either Punjabi, Hindi or Urdu.
- Ability to work effectively with individuals who are experiencing a wide range of sensitive issues.
- Must have a valid BC Driver’s License and access to a vehicle.
Start Date: December, 2023
Closing Date: December 7th,2023
Salary: $26.00 /hour
How to apply: Please email your application and resume to Kimberley Bradley at firstname.lastname@example.org