THE COUNCIL OF CANADIANS WITH DISABILITIES SEEKS A HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) is looking for a part-time lawyer to undertake legal research and provide guidance and advice on test case litigation. CCD is a national, cross-disability organization that uses a variety of advocacy activities to remove barriers and promote justice and equality for people with disabilities.
This position starts immediately and runs until March 31, 2023 with the potential for extension. It is a part-time independent contract position. The work is virtual and the selected candidate must provide their own office and computer equipment.

Contract Fee: $20,000
Approximate hours per month: 50

Responsibilities include:
• Assist with the restructuring of the CCD Human Rights Committee
• Revise and update test case selection criteria
• Develop a protocol for selecting and instructing legal counsel
• Provide an overview of human rights and Charter cases currently before the courts that may be of interest to CCD regarding potential intervention or just as a monitoring role
• Assess potential test cases and whether CCD should intervene/participate
• Liaise with other equity-seeking groups to identify issues of mutual interest
• Prepare plain language summaries of key cases in which CCD has participated
• Prepare applications for the Court Challenges Program of Canada for case development and test case litigation as needed
• Conduct legal research as required and
• Carry out other related tasks as assigned.

Qualifications:
• Bachelor of Laws/Juris Doctor/ Not necessary to have a practicing certificate from a Canadian law society
• Knowledge of disability rights and the lived disability experience
• Experience with human rights legislation and litigation
• Experience in providing written and oral plain language
• Ability to work collaboratively with community members in conducting research and developing test case litigation

Application Process:
Please provide a brief resume and cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications for this position. Applications should be submitted by email to April D’Aubin at april@ccdonline.ca. The deadline for applications is November 16, 2022.