Program Lawyer

Lancaster House is a leader in providing the latest information on labour, employment, and human rights law through online and print publications and at conferences and workshops across Canada. Lancaster House provides invaluable information to serve the needs of employees, employers, professional organizations, unions, management, and legal practitioners in Canada. In addition, Lancaster House partners with the University of Toronto and Toronto Metropolitan University to provide professional learning programs in labour law and labour relations.

The primary role of the Program Lawyer is to develop and manage the content of Lancaster House’s live conferences, webinars, and workshops. The Program Lawyer writes and develops programs, as well as curates materials for conference panels, workshops, and webinars. This is a full-time, unionized position. We currently offer a hybrid work model.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Develops and manages the content-based aspects of Lancaster House conferences, workshops, and webinars
  • Develops topics and ideas for live conferences, webinars and workshops, based on existing knowledge and additional research of caselaw, legislative developments, academic journals, and trade publications
  • Generates titles for panels, workshops, and webinars
  • Writes programs for conferences, webinars, and workshops
  • Organizes and directs the preparation of written materials for conferences, webinars, and workshops
  • Liaises with speakers and advisory committees, as well as other experts, on current issues in labour, employment, and human rights law
  • Leads planning calls with speakers and co-chairs/moderators and modifies materials based on feedback from panelists
  • Attends live conferences and virtual events and webinars
  • Monitors current developments in labour, employment, and human rights law and participates in team information sharing
  • Writes social media posts relating to Lancaster House offerings and current developments in labour, employment, and human rights law


  • LL.B. or J.D. (mandatory).
  • LL.M. with a focus on labour or employment law (preferred).
  • Experience in the fields of labour, employment, and/or human rights law (preferred).
  • Capable of working independently while staying connected with colleagues.
  • Able to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them on schedule.
  • Must have a keen interest and broad-based knowledge of labour, employment, and human rights law.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite and Outlook and in legal research using Quicklaw, CanLII, and other legal databases.
  • Familiar with and adept at using Internet-based tools and social media to keep abreast of current developments
  • 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 researching and designing conference topics and materials and interacting with experts, academics, practitioners, advisory committee members, and speakers.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Jessica Buckerfield,, by Friday, August 25th.

Lancaster House is an equal opportunity employer and strongly supports and values diversity in the workplace. Applications from all qualified candidates are welcome and individuals from equity-seeking groups are encouraged to apply. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.