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Call for applications: OJEN Justice Education Fellowships 2019-20

OJEN is now accepting applications from Ontario law students for six (6) Justice Education Fellowship positions in 2019-20. If you are a student at an eligible law school and you have a passion for public legal education and community outreach, we encourage you to apply. The eligible law schools are:   Lakehead University, University of […]

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Checks & Balances: Increase Understanding of New Street Check Rules

As of January 1, 2017, new regulations came into effect in Ontario that sought to clarify the procedure police officers must follow when they ask civilians to identify themselves.  This practice, commonly referred to as street checks or carding, has been extremely controversial, disproportionately affecting people of colour and minorities. The new rules attempt to […]

“Shield Your Rights” Game Moves into Development Stage

A grant from the Law Foundation of Ontario’s (LFO) Responsive Grants program is funding the development of a game-based learning tool designed by and for Indigenous youth.  The concept for the game, a quest for knowledge about legal rights, came from last year’s Aboriginal Youth Designing a Better Justice System project. Aboriginal Youth Designing a […]

Why You Should Give OJEN’s Charter Challenge a Try

Registration for the Spring 2019 Charter Challenge is open. The  Charter Challenge is Ontario’s only mock appeal competition for secondary schools. Each semester, OJEN releases a mock judicial decision in which complex Charter issues are raised on appeal. Students all over Ontario form teams and choose one side of the appeal to ‘represent.’ They research […]

Introducing the Kingston OJEN Committee

OJEN’s family of local committees is growing! In January, representatives from Kingston’s legal and education communities met to discuss ways they could provide enriched justice education experiences for local students and youth.  Home to Queen’s University Law School and an active legal community, Kingston is well situated to be an important support for OJEN’s justice […]

Indigenous Youth, Participate on Developing ‘Shield Your Rights’

We are looking for committed, capable and enthusiastic youth to help us direct and implement the next phase of the Indigenous Youth: Designing a Better Justice System project. (See our report on the first phase here.) How do I participate? We are excited to begin work to further design and test the mobile app and […]

Fun with Civil Law – Hansel & Gretel v. Wendy Witch

Civil Law can be a complex and important topic, and you might not expect it to be of great interest for 10 year old children.  Why then, are grade five students having so much fun learning about defamation law, civil trial procedure and roles in the justice system? The answer is OJEN’s Grade 5 Civil […]

Justice Education Fellowship Profile: Tawny Allison & ADR Workshops

In 2017, OJEN introduced the Justice Education Fellowship program, to formalize an existing post-secondary outreach program in Ontario’s law schools.  For students with an interest in delivering Public Legal Education (PLE) for youth audiences, Justice Education Fellowships provide training and support as they plan and deliver their first projects. Six law students from 5 law […]

London Courthouse Visits: Introducing Educational Scenarios for Students

Visiting a local courthouse with a high school law class is often the first contact students have with the court system.  With OJEN’s flagship Courtrooms & Classrooms program, visits to the courthouse also present opportunities for young people to connect with legal professionals such as judges, justices of the peace, lawyers and court staff.  Each […]

February 2019 PD Opportunities

Is winter getting you down?  OJEN offers an antidote to the February blahs – PD sessions to inspire and refresh! On February 15th, OJEN offers workshops for teachers in 3 locations. PD Sessions The Windsor-Essex Law Institute is a half day conference hosted by the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law.  The tentative program includes […]

Courtrooms & Classrooms: Introduction to OJEN’s School-Based Programs

Ontario’s teachers are a tremendous asset in our mission to develop the legal capability of young people. By working with teachers, OJEN benefits from their pedagogical expertise, relationships with their students, and commitment to community life. This ensures that we share information about the law and the justice system in a way that prepares young […]

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