Articling with the Region of Peel
With a population of over 1.1 million people, the Regional Municipality of Peel is the second largest municipality and the largest upper-tier municipality in Ontario . It encompasses the cities of Mississauga and Brampton, and the town of Caledon. The size of the Region, as well as its position as an economic and transportation hub in the highly populous Golden Horseshoe region of Southern Ontario, ensures that the Legal Services Division is called upon to assist with
an extensive array of legal issues, many of key public importance with a direct effect upon the present and future of Regional residents.
The Region of Peel is able to offer a unique and highly attractive articling experience to our potential candidates. Legal Services at the Region of Peel combines the work-life balance and supportive environment of a government office with the broad range of practice areas and commitment to service of a large full-service firm. While the Region maintains a billable hours system for administrative purposes, lawyers and support staff at the Region have an “open door” policy and make a point of making themselves available to assist articling students with their work.
Because of the nature and size of the office, Legal Services does not maintain a formal rotation system for our articling student. Instead, the student is offered a variety of opportunities during the period of articles. Because the workload in each practice area fluctuates from month to month, the student will be expected to assist where necessary, when necessary. This gives the student both the opportunity to experience all the work that Legal Services has to offer, as well as some ability to focus on certain areas of interest. In general, the student’s primary source of work will be research assistance to the lawyers in the office. Preparation of memoranda and legal opinions will constitute a significant portion of the student’s weekly work load. However, opportunities will be readily available for exposure to a range of “hands on” work involving active participation in files.
Each year, the Division selects one articling student out of the pool of available candidates. The successful candidate will be offered a one-year contract with the Region, traditionally starting at the beginning of September. As a workplace where turnover has been modest, the Region is not able to hold out any assurance of employment opportunities after the completion of articles.
Our practice areas include:
- Municipal Real Estate - this encompasses a range of issues surrounding the direct acquisition and disposal of real property by the municipality itself, as well as environmental and planning measures with respect to real estate transactions in the Region. The student may have the opportunity to gain exposure to various issues relating to easements, leasing, purchase and sale, municipal expropriations, and municipal infrastructure, including
the regional road network.
- Municipal Law - this includes all the unique elements of the practice of law in a municipality. Specific work involving the Municipal Act, the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and other legislation will be available. The drafting of new Regional By-Laws and Policies, and the updating of existing ones, will be part of this work as well.
- Litigation - the Legal Services Division represents the Region in court, before administrative boards and tribunals, and in mediation and arbitration of all types. Our “clients” are all Regional departments and boards, including Peel Police, and the litigation work which comes to the Region is dynamic and varied. The student will be expected to provide research support as well as prepare pleadings and documents, ensure required
material is served and filed in a timely fashion, and attend at a variety of pre-trial and trial proceedings.
Our litigation files include:
- Small Claims Court claims against the Region;
- Superior Court litigation in a variety of areas including personal injury, real property, construction law, damage to property and others;
- Labour arbitrations with respect to the Regional employees;
- Appearances before a variety of administrative tribunals, including the Ontario Municipal Board, Ontario Labour Relations Board, Social Benefits Tribunal, and others;
- Research and preparation of court documents, memoranda, and legal opinions.
- General – the practice of law at a municipality involves ongoing support for all Regional departments with respect to any legal issues which may arise. In this regard, the student will be expected to provide ongoing assistance to various municipal departments and institutions, including the Long Term Care facilities operated by the Region, Ontario Works, the Health Department, and the Peel Police Services Board. Dealing with both internal and external clients on a range of issues, including collections and enforcement files, will be part of the student’s responsibilities. In addition, the student will have an opportunity to assist in the drafting of various contracts and agreements.
Applying for an articling position
Please note that the 2013-2014 articling position has been filled. Applications for the 2014-2015 articling term will be accepted until July 29, 2013. Please submit your application to the attention of:
John H. Gescher,
Senior Legal Counsel,
10 Peel Centre Drive,
Suite A, 5th Floor,
Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
We thank you for your interest in articling with the Region of Peel.
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