Employment Opportunities

We have two positions currently open:

GREAT CAREER OPPORTUNITY AT THE GENE C. COLMAN FAMILY LAW CENTRE

Our Toronto (North York) Boutique Family Law Firm (four lawyers and support staff) requires immediately someone with a special skill set. You might be any of the following: young lawyer, Law Clerk, Legal Assistant, Paralegal, Social Work grad, Psychology grad, or just a really smart self-starter. Or, you might not have formal training but you have survived your own family law horror show and would like to apply the lessons learned to help others.

So, what is this job and how do I apply?

Here is what you will do at the Gene C. Colman Family Law Centre:

1. Intake: Handle all intake (emails and phone calls) generated by our popular web site. Determine if the prospective "consultee" might benefit from our services.

2. Consultation Procedure: Explain our firm's unique Consultation Procedure to the prospective client. Ask relevant questions to determine if this is the sort of case our firm handles.

3. Book Appointments: If appropriate, book the Consultation appointment. Follow up immediately with the appropriate email and forms and then follow up again the day prior to the Consultation to ensure attendance.

4. Assist at Consultation: Type notes at each Consultation (so you have really good typing speed along with comprehension of legal terms) and efficiently turn those notes into an organized Memorandum to send to the consultee.

5. Invoice: Prepare the invoice for the Consultation.

6. Wide ranging assistance: Assist the lawyers with research, document preparation, file organization, calls to court offices, other law firms, clients, and a bevy of other challenging tasks to help this small firm run smoothly.

7. Provide Emotional Support: If you happen to be a social work or psychology grad, then perhaps you can pitch in by providing much needed emotional support to our clients who are experiencing a most stressful transition.

Here is how we help you succeed:

1. Precedents: We have a detailed bank of precedents and sample scripts to guide you through almost all of your daily tasks. There is constant guidance and training along the way; do not think for one moment that we will just let you "sink or swim". We all work as a united team.

2. Software Training: For invoice preparation, if you do not already know PCLaw Software, we'll train you. Ditto for Divorcemate Software. If you know those programs already, that is a great plus for you.

3. C.L.E.: We conduct a robust Lunch 'N Learn in house Continuing Legal Education program.

Have we captured your attention? If so, read on....

Here's how you apply:

1. Cover Letter: Put together a really upbeat cover letter. Convince us that you are "the" person for this particular position.

2. Other Documents: Show us your academic transcripts, your c.v., your diploma or degree and any references that you might have on hand.

3. Send to: Send all of this to [email protected]

4. More Information?: If you want more information first, send a short note to the above email address and we will try to get back to you promptly.

Notes:

1. Camaraderie: Be really enthusiastic, eager to learn, and enjoy the camaraderie of a truly enjoyable and comfortable home office work environment.

2. Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience. We have an extended health plan.

3. Notification: Thanks to all who apply. Only those who are selected for an interview will be notified. Those who just send a c.v. and nothing else, will definitely not be considered.

4. Smoke and Scent Free Environment: The Gene C. Colman Family Law Centre is a smoke and scent free environment. Please keep that condition in mind before you apply.

June 21, 2018

ADVANTAGEOUS PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE FOR LL.M STUDENTS INTERESTED IN FAMILY LAW

We are pleased to have already hired one student. We may have room for one more.

LL.M students (most of whom graduated from U.K. law schools) who have volunteered at our North York office have gained very valuable practical experience and likely achieved an upper hand for their future careers. The LL.M students gain hands-on familiarity in a wide variety of family law cases from custody/access to property division to spousal support to child protection. Responsibilities undertaken have included:

  • Participate in initial intake;
  • Help draft affidavits and other pleadings;
  • Prepare Financial Disclosure Briefs;
  • Legal research;
  • Review Children's Aid document production and highlight relevant documents;
  • Participate in "in house" C.L.E.; and,
  • Assist with filing (which might sound boring but really is not as one learns the proper organization of a family law file).
  • Telephone Screening of potential clients;
  • Take typed notes at Consultation Interviews;

We have a healthy work environment with robust camaraderie.

Most of all, you benefit from a senior practitioner's mentoring and enthusiastic, dedicated associate lawyers who appreciate the intrinsic value of helping to train the next generation of family law lawyers.

One of our lawyers achieved her LL.B in the U.K, worked here during her LL.M studies, and articled here prior to her call to the bar. She is now an accomplished Associate Lawyer with the firm.

The work hours are flexible. We understand that the student is taking courses to qualify for Ontario licensure and that therefore priority must be given to that essential course work. But with our firm, at the same time as you upgrade your Ontario academic credentials, you gain all important experience in the practice of family law. Let Osgoode or U of T teach you the theory; we'll help you with 'real life'!

We have room to entertain a small number of enthusiastic, bright, personable and very competent individuals to volunteer at our firm. We provide the mentoring, training and experience and in return you provide the work hours each week that fit into your already busy schedule. Be part of a cutting edge Toronto family law firm within an innovative framework that respects your educational goals and enhances your future employment prospects.

If we have sparked your interest, then send the following to [email protected]

  • Cover letter (show us why you would benefit our firm)
  • Academic transcripts;
  • Current and proposed LL.M courses;
  • Writing sample.

June 21, 2018