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Independent Legal Advisor for Survivors

January 4, 2023
Yellowknife, NT
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They YWCA NWT is seeking lawyers who wish to be considered for placement on the Lawyer Panel for an Independent Legal Advice for Survivors Program. The ILA program offers information and free, confidential legal advice that helps survivors understand their options in the legal system, enabling them to make informed choices regarding their cases. This program serves survivors of both sexual assault and family violence.

A full job description is available at

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure current contact information and relevant training and/or experience is provided to the YWCA for the Lawyer Panel list
  • Contact clients who have been identified for the program.
  • Explain any limitations of confidentiality.
  • Provide survivor with up to four hours of legal advice related to the incident to help them understand their legal options.
  • If survivor decides not to pursue legal action in criminal court, the service is considered complete.


A lawyer who wishes to be considered for ILA file assignments must be a member of the YWCA Lawyers Panel. A lawyer seeking consideration for membership on the panel must satisfy each of the following requirements:

  1. Provide a satisfactory Certificate of Standing from the Law Society of the Northwest Territories.
  2. Provide consent to the YWCA contacting any Law Societies to which the applicant currently belongs or has belonged, to obtain any history of complaints or disciplinary proceedings.
  3. Five (5) years of relevant legal practice, especially experience in provision of legal advice related to survivors of sexual assault and family violence would be considered an asset.
  4. Provide a letter of recommendation from an existing lawyer or another individual acceptable to the YWCA.
  5. Certify that he or she has read the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
  6. Be willing to provide legal representation according to the expectations and service standards as set out in this Manual and in the Lawyer Assignment Confirmation.
  7. Agree to be mentored on the first three files undertaken, if requested.
  8. Provide a clear Criminal Record Check and a clear Vulnerable Sector Check.
  9. Provide any additional information as requested by the YWCA.

ILA Lawyers Panel Application Process

  • Lawyers who wish to have their names on the panel must complete the Panel Lawyer Application Form and forward a signed copy with attachments to the YWCA for consideration. Please email to request the application form.
  • The YWCA will notify the applicant lawyer in writing of the decision to approve or reject the application. If the application is rejected, the YWCA will provide written reasons within 30 days.


To be discussed with prospective candidates.

Closing date: Open until filled

Contact for the application form or to forward the completed application.

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