The families of children with medical needs are often disproportionately impacted by everyday legal issues, whether directly related to the child’s health (e.g. substitute decision-making issues, access to health care benefits), or to social determinants of health (e.g. parental employment or housing issues, social assistance disputes, immigration challenges). PBO’s Medical Legal Partnership (MLP) program embeds lawyers directly in health care settings, enabling families to get timely help so they can focus on their children’s needs. As Triage Lawyer, you will be located at Holland Bloorview, where you will serve as a resource for patients and families referred by clinicians and for the clinicians themselves. You will:
- Provide legal “triage” services, by identifying whether a patient or family member has a legal issue, and if so, helping them determine next steps.
- Deliver legal information, summary advice, and short-term pro bono services as needed (e.g. form completion, legal drafting, and document notarization), and make referrals for ongoing services where appropriate.
- Provide public legal education to families on a range of topics, including estate planning, public benefits, and disability law.
- Provide training to social workers and other clinicians on legal-issue spotting and updates to the law.
This position requires you to maintain a broad knowledge of the areas of law most likely to impact low-income families of children with special needs, listed in the next section.
- Member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.
- At least three years’ experience in the practice of law, including experience in one or more of the following areas: estates, health, family, human rights, housing, admin, immigration, social assistance, and employment law.
- Strong legal and advocacy skills and written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to complete tasks on time with minimal supervision.
- Aptitude for and interest in self-directed learning across a broad range of legal topics.
- Ability to demonstrate tact and good judgement when working with multiple stakeholders, including hospital staff and families.
- Experience working with a diverse range of clients from low-income and marginalized groups, including newcomers to Canada.
- Ability and willingness to adapt to new technologies and work within PBO’s specialized case management system.
Part-time, minimum of two days per week, with possible option to add additional days.
Holland Bloorview Children’s Rehabilitation Centre in Toronto
Deadline to Apply:
Tuesday, January 31, 2023