Browne & Associates Legal Services Professional Corporation is growing again …

We have a Contract Paralegal Opportunity

Licensed and in good standing with Law Society of Ontario

Able to work out of our downtown St. Catharines office

Comfortable with the use of technology

Can work as part of Team and enjoy a relaxed environment

Possess strong drafting skills and can meet tight deadlines

Be willing and able to market the firm and its work

Experienced in Provincial Offences, Summary Convictions,

Pardons and Waivers

Experienced and/or willing to learn Landlord/Tenant files

Able and willing to back-up Reception/Front Desk duties

Understands our ethical and regulatory standards in terms of confidentiality, conflict of interest and client service

To apply, please e-mail your resume, cover letter and a sample of your writing/legal arguments to on or before Friday, Aug 2/19.

No telephone calls please.

Why use Paralegals? Should Paralegals be in Family Law?

At the present time, paralegals are not involved in Family Law matters.  However, an ongoing crisis has been noted in Family Law,  approximately 60% of people in family court have no legal representation. At their most vulnerable, the legal system is failing the average person in Ontario.  In response, the Attorney General and the Law Society of Upper Canada sought assistance from Madame Justice Bonkalo in considering whether persons other than Lawyers, i.e. Paralegals, should be providing legal services in Family Law.  Justice Bonkalo’s report has caused a stir in the legal community, consisting of 21 recommendations including the recommendation that Paralegals, properly trained, be permitted to provide some services in Family Law.  A link to that report is here.

Attached is a brief video clip from Bruce Parson’s recent appearance on Get Legal Milton Cogeco, where I discussed the issue with gracious host Samantha Glass, special nod to technical wizard Anthony Luongo. He did what he could to make me look good, no easy task!