Public Legal Education Lawyer

Legal Resource Centre

Posted 01-Feb-2017

Application Deadline



1 permanent and 1 temporary

Minimum Education Required

Undergraduate Degree

Area(s) of Study

  • Law

Duration and Term

  • Temporary -- Full Time
  • Permanent -- Full Time


60,000 - 75,000

Job Status


Job Description

The Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA) is seeking two full-time Public Legal Education Lawyers to further our mission of advancing social justice. Both positions are full-time. One position is permanent, the other position is temporary, to replace a staff member who is away on maternity leave.  The salary range for each position is competitive for the non-profit sector ($60,000 to $75,000).

CPLEA was established in 1975. We are known for addressing justice-related issues through our education activities. We have well-established relationships locally, nationally and internationally within the legal, research, education, library and non-profit sectors.

What you will be doing:

  • You will conduct research into community needs for public legal information and education resources;
  • You will conduct traditional legal research including literature reviews, case law and legislative research;
  • You will plan, write and edit plain language public legal education resources. CPLEA’s resources are widely varied and include web pages, tip sheets, booklets, videos, blog posts, presentations and on-line magazine articles; (to see examples of our written work go to
  • You will provide legal review of material produced by other CPLEA staff members;
  • You will present public legal education workshops throughout Alberta for a variety of audiences;
  • You will help test and evaluate our resources;
  • You will write, edit and help select articles for CPLEAS’s LawNow digital magazine.


The qualifications, skills, abilities and interests you have:

  • You have a law degree (LLB or JD) and are eligible for membership in the Law Society of Alberta;
  • You have at least two years’ experience since being called to the bar;
  • You have strong public presentation skills;
  • You are a “people person” with strong interpersonal and networking skills and are able to work collaboratively with CPLEA staff, volunteers and advisors from the community;
  • You have a strong interest in access to justice issues;
  • You can show us examples of your strong writing skills;
  • You have knowledge of family law, residential tenancy law and/or condominium law;
  • You have a valid driver’s license and access to an insured vehicle;

The following skills or experience would be assets (but are not all expected):

  • Experience writing educational materials or plain language legal materials;
  • Experience managing programs or projects;
  • Experience in the non-profit sector, especially in a public interest law environment;
  • Community development experience;
  • Experience working with an organization which serves vulnerable people;
  • The ability to speak and write in French.



  • Edmonton, Downtown

Additional Information

To Apply, please submit a covering letter (indicating which position you are applying for) and resume to:

Jeff Surtees, Executive Director: by 5 p.m. on February 17, 2017.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

Application Requirements

  • Please include a covering letter.
  • Please submit a resume.

Application Instructions

You may apply for this position through any of the means below.