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The Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) is recruiting a Public Interest Articling Fellow for 2022-2023. An articling fellowship at LEAF will provide an opportunity to learn more about advancing substantive gender equality rights through litigation, law reform, and education. 

Role Overview 

The Public Interest Articling Fellow works with LEAF’s Legal Team to support the organization’s litigation, law reform, and public legal education efforts. 

Who We Are 

LEAF is a national non-profit organization which uses law to advance the equality of women, girls, and gender diverse people in Canada. Our national office is based in Toronto, and we have volunteer branches in Edmonton, Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto, Hamilton, Windsor, Montréal, and Halifax.   

We intervene in legal cases throughout Canada to advance gender equality in Canada – helping to prevent violence, eliminate discrimination in the workplace, provide better maternity benefits, ensure a right to pay equity, and allow access to reproductive freedoms. We push for progressive law reform on issues central to gender equality, including sexual violence, online hate, technology-facilitated gender-based violence, and basic income. We use education to amplify our legal victories, and improve people’s understanding of their rights.   

Learn more about LEAF’s work at: www.leaf.ca.  

Who You Are 

You are entering your final year of law school or are a recent graduate, and you have a passion for gender equality. You bring an intersectional feminist lens to your work – including your analysis, collaborations, and communication style. You see law as a tool to achieve gender equality, and want to put your legal research and writing skills to work in support of this goal. You are a clear communicator with strong organizational skills, and can balance tasks from multiple supervisors. You are excited to work with our team to advance gender justice in Canada. 

Primary Job Responsibilities 

Qualifications 

Compensation and Benefits 

This is a full-time, 10-month contract position. The Public Interest Articling Fellow will receive $51,000 in compensation and will be enrolled in LEAF’s benefits plan, which includes health and dental benefits. The fellowship covers the Fellow’s licensing process fees, and provides a stipend for continuing education during the articling term. 

Location 

This position will be based out of the LEAF National office, located in Toronto, Ontario. 

Hiring Process and Timeline 

Please submit your cover letter, CV, law school transcript, and a list of three references (contact name, phone number, and email address) as one attachment by July 9, 2021 at 5pm EDT via the viLawPortal. Cover letters can be addressed to the Hiring Committee.  

We have made adjustments to our hiring processes due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, all LEAF staff are working from home, and the interviewing process will occur remotely. We acknowledge that COVID-19 has caused disruptions to many lives and people may require additional accommodations.   

LEAF welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities for all available positions. Where possible, accommodations will be made available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.  

LEAF encourages applications from candidates who reflect the diversity of our communities. We strongly encourage applicants who self-identify as belonging to BIPOC, newcomer, gender diverse, and other equity-deserving groups to apply.  

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 

This position has been made available through The Law Foundation of Ontario Public Interest Articling Fellowship Program. 

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