Articling Student (2016 – 2017)
As an independent Officer of the Legislature, the Ontario Ombudsman sees his role as “humanizing government”. Last year his office handled some 27,000 complaints from the public about provincial government problems, and resolves issues through early resolution and investigation. From increased newborn screening to enhanced security of Ontario’s lotteries to access to cancer drugs, the Ombudsman’s work has resulted in positive systemic change benefitting millions of Ontarians. The Ombudsman is also responsible for investigating complaints that the municipal open meetings law has been contravened.
Under the direction of Senior Counsel, the Articling Student will be expected to manage a caseload of files. As a member of the legal team the student will assist or participate in a range of legal services, including legal advice and research, investigation of complaints, legal representation, policy development, and outreach.
This opportunity will appeal to students who want a hands-on articling experience making a meaningful contribution to the citizens of Ontario by promoting fairness, transparency and accountability within the public sector.
· Eligible to participate in the Law Society of Upper Canada Articling Program
· Demonstrated interest and competency in Administrative Law
· Balanced background including both paid and volunteer legal work
· Superb interpersonal and analytical skills
· Self-starter with a proven ability to work independently and within a team
· Familiarity with social media and new technology is an asset
This is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic, exciting work environment and be part of a world-renowned office with a team of top public sector professionals.
Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code. All applicants must be received by 5:00 pm on July 3, 2015.
We thank all applicants for their interest; candidates selected for the short list may be asked to provide a writing sample.
Please Note: Moving expenses will not be paid.