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Peter Sankoff is looking for two lawyers to join his booming business, composed of Sankoff Criminal Law and Criminal Defence Essentials, in Edmonton.

This is your chance to do cutting edge criminal law work and get involved in some of the country’s biggest cases, while transforming into a superstar lawyer with a national reputation. You’ll get an education on legal writing, strategy and persuasion, and give up worrying about how many clients you need to carry and how much you bill. There is no criminal law firm quite like this one.

Sankoff Criminal Law is not your average criminal defence firm. We focus primarily on appellate work, with only about 15% of our files arising at the trial level. Peter is in constant demand assisting lawyers from across Canada on complex legal matters, meaning that we get called in to help on some of the country’s most exciting cases. Peter also regularly appears in British Columbia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Quebec, in addition to Alberta. He appears at the Supreme Court on a steady basis.

Through Criminal Defence Essentials, we also create legal seminars, case alerts and a whole range of other resources for the busy defence lawyer. You will help with all of these, and if you love thinking and discussing criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence, this job is for you. You get paid to research and write about just about any legal topic that interests you, guided by a top-notch appellate lawyer and scholar.

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Peter is looking for an established lawyer who will develop into a future partner (and co-author for book projects) and get involved in every aspect of the business (including marketing and growth). This position is for lawyers in years 3-10 of practice. Peter is especially interested in anyone with clerking experience (with priority given to those who have clerked at the Supreme Court).

Your primary task is assisting on complex cases and handling your own. In this regard, you will:

  • Conduct legal research;
  • Write factums, bail applications, constitutional notices and other arguments;
  • Work on some of our ongoing book projects;
  • Assist in producing Case Alerts, the Beacon and more;
  • Conduct trials and appeals.
  • Assist in running the office (handling trust matters and office administration)

Attributes

A successful Senior Associate MUST possess the following:

  • Self-confidence and the motivation to become one of the country’s best criminal lawyers;
  • The ability to take constructive criticism and feedback well;
  • Like dogs (we have an office dog!);
  • The ability to work well with others;
  • The confidence to work independently under direction;
  • A law degree from a recognized Canadian university or NCA qualification;
  • passion and deep understanding of the nuances of criminal law, the law of evidence and criminal procedure;
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Strong legal research ability;
  • Strong academic credentials (B+ average in law school or better).
  • Live in Edmonton or Calgary, or be prepared to relocate to one of those places (with moving expenses covered).

The following are advantage attributes, but you need not have them all:

  • Dynamic, fun personality.
  • Be a member of the Law Society of Alberta.
  • Completed a course in Animals and the Law; and,
  • Knowledge of Alberta Legal Aid practices.

Compensation and Benefits:

Starting salary will be determined by experience and qualifications, but minimum salary for this position is $100,000. Profit sharing will be negotiated immediately.

In addition to salary, a Senior Associate will get to travel to at least one out of Alberta hearing per year, and receive a year-end bonus (beginning in Year 2) calculated on the basis of individual and firm performance. The Senior Associate will also obtain paid travel to one academic conference per year.

A senior associate receives three weeks paid holiday (to be taken whenever) and time off from December 21- January 5.

JUNIOR ASSOCIATE

Peter is looking for young lawyer who is still learning, but is looking for a great opportunity. This position is for young lawyers in years 0-3 of practice.

Your primary tasks are: assisting Peter with his very busy practice; learning to write outstanding materials; and learning how to run your own trials and appeals. In this regard, you will:

  • Conduct legal research;
  • Write factums, bail applications, constitutional notices and other arguments;
  • Conduct trials and make docket appearances;
  • Act as second chair on appeals.
  • Liaise with clients

Attributes

A successful Junior Associate MUST possess the following:

  • A positive attitude
  • The ability to take constructive criticism and feedback well;
  • Like dogs (we have an office dog!);
  • The ability to work well with others;
  • The ability to follow instructions;
  • A law degree from a recognized Canadian university or NCA qualification;
  • passion for criminal law, the law of evidence and criminal procedure;
  • Good writing skills;
  • Good legal research ability;
  • Solid academic credentials (B average in law school or better).
  • Live in Edmonton
  • Be a member of the Law Society of Alberta.
  • Have a basic knowledge of Alberta Legal Aid practices.

Compensation and Benefits:

Starting salary will be determined by experience and qualifications, but minimum salary for this position is $90,000. Profit sharing will be discussed after one year at the firm.

In addition to salary, lawyers will get to travel to at least one out of Alberta hearing per year, and receive a year-end bonus (beginning in Year 2) calculated on the basis of individual and firm performance.

A junior associate receives two weeks paid holiday (to be taken whenever) and time off from December 21- January 5. After two years at the firm, this will rise to three weeks holiday.

Please note that Peter is not taking articling students for 2024 or 2025.

Are you interested in either position? Send a letter to info@sankoffcriminallaw.com that includes the following:

1) Why this ad interests you, and why you are the person Peter should hire (including how you meet the attributes required for the position)

2) Where you live, and, if it’s outside Edmonton, why you might be willing to relocate, or, if not, why you cannot;

3) Your passion for criminal law

4) Which of the “advantage” skills or attributes you possess.

All inquiries will be treated in confidence. Feel free to send any questions along before applying.

Please include your CV and law school transcripts.