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OJEN Welcomes New Director of Outreach Programs

OJEN’s Department of Outreach Programs is a busy place.  At any given time staff may be developing, delivering, evaluating or adapting several different justice education programs.  Outreach Programs staff respond to the needs of a variety of vulnerable youth populations, providing content on different areas of law that is not only relevant and substantive, but […]

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Rebecca Strain Receives 2019 Tate Herbert Memorial Post-Secondary Award

The Tate Herbert Memorial Post-Secondary Award recognizes a post-secondary student who has exceeded expectations as a volunteer and made a significant contribution to OJEN’s justice education initiatives. This annual award is named after Logan Tate Herbert, a student in the Law and Society program at Wilfred Laurier University when he lost his life to cancer […]

Indigenous Youth Leaders Meet in Toronto for Shield Your Rights Orientation

Six Indigenous youth, recruited to help develop a game-based educational tool to improve youth access to justice, met in Toronto last month for a two day orientation session.   Shield Your Rights is the technology-based project that emerged from last year’s design-thinking workshop, “Aboriginal Youth Designing a Better Justice System.”  The Law Foundation of Ontario […]

Hamilton Twitter Moot Winners Treated to Lunch with a Judge

Sometimes it pays to tweet!! On Thursday, June 6, 2019 Justice Jane Milanetti of the Ontario Superior Court treated Twitter Moot “Best Tweeter” Ebun Soneye from Cathedral High School along with other students from Glendale Secondary to lunch at the John Sopinka Courthouse. Ebun is a Grade 11 law student who participated in this year’s Twitter […]

Charter Challenge Finalists Make Their Case

The Spring 2019 Charter Challenge concluded this week with the two finalist teams making their oral arguments at the Court of Appeal for Ontario.  Approximately 350 students from 21 schools throughout Ontario took part in the program. The case explored trial fairness in the context of representative juries for accused Indigenous persons living on reserves […]

OBA-OJEN Competitive Mock Trials Wrap-Up

The 2019 OBA-OJEN Competitive Mock Trials wrapped up this month after a busy and successful season. 169 schools from every region in Ontario competed in local tournaments.   Approximately 1600 students had the opportunity to step into the roles of lawyers, witnesses or court clerks, and get a taste of what courtroom procedure is really like.  Each […]

Indigenous Youth and Police Build Bridges in Sudbury

The first year of the two-year Sudbury Youth-Police Dialogues (YPD) program, Building Bridges, wrapped up on March 8th with a culminating event at the N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre.   Funded by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS), through a Safer and Vital Communities grant, and supported by funds from the Ontario Trillium Foundation […]

YPD Youth Leadership Team Training

As part of OJEN’s ongoing commitment to providing youth with meaningful paid employment experiences, young people are playing an important role in supporting OJEN’s Youth-Police Dialogues (YPD) program in communities throughout Ontario. One or two young people are recruited in each community where the program is delivered and become members of OJEN’s YPD Youth Leadership […]

OJEN Ambassador Program Launched

OJEN board and staff extend a warm welcome to members of the newly established OJEN Ambassadors group!  Spearheaded  by OJEN Board member, John Adair, this donor program provides young private practice lawyers and other professionals with opportunities to get involved in justice education initiatives and help increase OJEN’s profile in the legal community.   The […]

Sergeant Milton Ferguson Receives OJEN Chief Justices’ Award

Sergeant Milton Ferguson of Toronto Police Services’ 52 Division received the 2018 OJEN Chief Justices’ Award at a reception presided over by the Honourable George R. Strathy, Chief Justice of Ontario. The reception took place at Osgoode Hall on Wednesday, March 27th, following OJEN’s Annual Network Meeting.  Sergeant Ferguson becomes the 14th recipient of the […]

OJEN’s Annual Network Meeting Focuses on Youth-Police Dialogues

OJEN’s March 27th meeting of Network partners brought together high-level decision makers from leading justice, education and community-building sectors.  Presided over by the Chief Justices of the three Ontario courts, this annual meeting is a forum for sharing ideas and finding synergies that can advance OJEN’s justice education activities.  Each year, the Network meeting focuses […]

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