British Columbia Law Institute & Canadian Centre for Elder Law
Staff Lawyer Position
Application deadline: March 1, 2021
The British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) and Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) seek a lawyer who is passionate about law reform to join our team. The successful candidate will have an interest in addressing fundamental legal and systemic issues, and developing solutions for a better future for Canada’s aging population and for all British Columbians.
Since 1997, the British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) has existed as a not-for-profit law reform agency that works to improve and modernize the law. BCLI carries out scholarly research, writing, and analysis for law reform. We work to strengthen laws by bringing stakeholders together, develop just and innovative solutions, and increase access to justice. As an independent institute, our work includes projects related to laws across British Columbia.
The Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) is a division of the BCLI focused on issues related to aging. Established in 2003, the CCEL conducts research and develops reports and educational tools for legal professionals, seniors, and others. CCEL’s approach is highly collaborative – we work with many organizations, including West Coast LEAF, the Alzheimer Society of B.C., and the University of Victoria Institute on Aging and Lifelong Studies. The CCEL is recognized internationally for its expertise in elder law.
You will work as part of the BCLI/CCEL team under the direction of the BCLI Executive Director. This is a permanent full-time position based at our office in Vancouver. The position involves:
The early focus of this position will primarily be on CCEL and elder law projects. Future workload will depend on funding and organizational needs.
In addition to being a member of the Law Society of BC, candidates should be prepared to demonstrate the following:
The following skills and experiences would be an asset in this role:
The BCLI/CCEL values diversity, and particularly acknowledges the expertise applicants may bring related to their identity and personal experiences. We welcome applications from members of communities experiencing structural discrimination, including Indigenous people, racialized people, trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary People, Two-Spirit people, LGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities. We encourage applicants to self-identify any personal characteristics or experiences that support our commitment to diversity if they feel comfortable doing so.
The BCLI offices are located at the Peter A. Allard School of Law on Coast Salish Territories. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, staff members are primarily working remotely. As circumstances evolve, we anticipate that the staff lawyer will do a combination of remote-based and in-office work, subject to public health orders, UBC guidance, BCLI’s own protocols, and individual health needs.
Salary and Benefits
BCLI offers a generous benefits and vacation package. Salary will depend on experience. The salary for this position ranges from $70,000 - $80,000.
How to apply
Applications should include a cover letter, resume detailing relevant experience, and a legal writing sample of not more than 20 pages. Please submit your application to Karen Campbell, Executive Director, at with the subject line “Staff Lawyer Position”.
To be considered for this position, your application must be received by 5 pm on Monday, March 1, 2021. We anticipate interviewing short-listed candidates in mid- March via remote videoconferencing. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
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