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Legal Conference Developer and Researcher

Overview

The primary role of the Legal Editor is to develop and manage the content of Lancaster’s conferences (both live and audio), workshops, and skills training sessions. The Legal Editor writes and develops programs; and writes and develops materials for all conference panels, workshops, audio conferences, and skills training sessions.

Reports To

  • Legal Director, Conferences and President

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops and manages the content-based aspects of Lancaster House conferences, workshops and training programs
  • Develops topics and ideas for live and audio conference programs, workshops and skills training sessions, based on existing knowledge and additional research of case law, legislative developments, academic journals and trade publications
  • Develops titles for panels, workshops and audio conferences
  • Writes programs for live and audio conferences, workshops and skills training sessions that go on the Lancaster House website
  • Writes program content for conference brochures for live conferences, workshops and skills training sessions
  • Writes and develops program material and analyses of decisions and legislation for live conferences, audio conferences, and skills training sessions
  • Organizes and directs the preparation of written materials for all conferences
  • Liaises with speakers and advisory committees, as well as other experts, on current issues is also a key aspect of the role
  • Attends planning conference calls with speakers, co-chairs and Conference Director; creates speakers' chart during the call; modifies materials as per the request of speakers
  • Attends live and audio conferences
  • Researches and writes content occasionally for eAlert publications

Skills

  • LL.B. or J.D. (mandatory).
  • LL.M with a focus on labour or employment law (preferred).
  • Experience in the field of labour, employment and/or human rights law is desirable.
  • Capable of working independently while staying connected with colleagues.
  • Able to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them on schedule.
  • Adept at formulating an overview, yet precise in matters of detail.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite and Outlook, and in legal research using Quicklaw, CanLII and other legal databases.
  • Familiar with and adept at using Twitter, Facebook, and other Internet-based tools and social media to keep abreast of current developments and connect with experts in the field.
  • Must have a keen interest and broad-based knowledge of labour, employment and human rights law.
  • Must be energetic, enthusiastic, personable and intellectually engaged in the subject-matter areas.
  • Strong academic background is essential to perform the many and varied tasks of the position, including the research and design of conference topics and materials, and interacting with experts, academics, practitioners, advisory committee members and speakers.

Lancaster House is committed to fulfilling its obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations in accordance with the legislation are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Please email your cover letter and resume to Meryl Gary at: mzismangary@lancasterhouse.com.

Legal Writer and Researcher in Labour, Employment and Human Rights Law

About Lancaster House

Lancaster House is Canada's leading provider of conferences, information and analysis on labour, human rights and employment law. Our aim is to make a positive contribution to labour relations and the quality of Canadian work life. A dynamic and innovative company, Lancaster House provides information services in a variety of formats: on-line and in print, through books and newsletters, and through audio conferences, live panels, and hands-on workshops. Our seminars are attended by lawyers, union representatives, human resources professionals, academics, and adjudicators across Canada.

The Role

We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and engaged individual, with a depth of experience in and a broad knowledge of all aspects of labour, employment and human rights law to research and write case law and legislative summaries and commentaries. The role requires the writer/researcher to provide in-depth legal analyses and critiques in a variety of areas of labour, employment and human rights law in a style that is readable and free from legal jargon.

Qualifications

LL.B. or J.D. (mandatory). LL.M with a focus on labour or employment law (preferred). Experience in the field of labour, employment and/or human rights law is desirable.

Skills

  • Capable of working independently while staying connected with colleagues.
  • Able to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them on schedule.
  • Significant, and preferably comprehensive knowledge, in various areas of labour, employment and human rights law, and the ability to provide detailed, expert legal analysis, commentary and social and legal critique of developments in jurisprudence and legislation.
  • Excellent writing skills, and the ability to write to engage both lay and expert readers, is required.
  • A keen interest in labour, employment, human rights and related areas of social policy, as well as genuine social and intellectual curiosity about these areas of law are essential.
  • Interest and familiarity with international labour law and policy, and the ability to speak or read in another language, will be considered an asset.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite and Outlook, and in legal research using Quicklaw, CanLII and other legal databases.
  • Familiar with and adept at using Twitter, Facebook, and other Internet-based tools and social media to keep abreast of current developments and connect with experts in the field.

Other Attributes

The successful candidate should have a keen interest and broad-based knowledge of labour, employment and human rights law. The individual must be energetic, enthusiastic, personable and intellectually engaged in the subject-matter areas. A strong academic background is essential to perform the many and varied tasks of the position, including interacting with experts, academics, practitioners, advisory committee members and speakers in the areas concerned.

Work Environment

Collegial, intellectually stimulating environment, involving socially significant work. The successful candidate is likely to be an individual who has a strong intellectual and social curiosity in the area of labour, employment and human rights law; possesses the ability to identify and analyze current trends and developments, and to interview leading practitioners and experts in the field; displays strong verbal and written communication skills; enjoys work that is creative as well as analytical; exhibits, to a marked degree, energy and humour; and can work quickly and accurately while maintaining a sense of humour under pressure.

Salary commensurate with qualifications. Please email your cover letter and resume to Stephanie Amaral at: samaral@lancasterhouse.com.