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Law student honoured for volunteerism

Miscia Sullivan is the recipient of the 2020 Tate Herbert Memorial Post-Secondary Award. Miscia is entering her third year at Osgoode Hall Law School. She was selected as an Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) Fellow for the 2019-2020 academic school year. OJEN Fellows are selected for their demonstrated commitment to improving access to justice. Miscia […]

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The OBA/OJEN Criminal Law Challenge

The OBA/OJEN Criminal Law Challenge (OOCLC) – which replaced the canceled OBA/OJEN Competitive Mock Trial (OOCMT) tournaments – was based on the facts of the OOCMT case, R v Kaye.  The new format allowed students, who were already familiar with the scenario, to engage with the law around the case. For this challenge, students submitted […]

Bishop Strachan School Law Teacher Recognized for Excellence

Rita Gravina, a teacher at the Bishop Strachan School, is the 10th recipient of OJEN’s annual Hux-Kiteley Exemplary Justice Educator Award.  The Hux-Kiteley Exemplary Justice Educator Award recognizes an educator in the province of Ontario who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the area of justice education. It is named after two of OJEN’s founding board […]

The 2020 Spring Charter Challenge happened! And it was awesome!

The Charter Challenge is probably OJEN’s most challenging program for secondary students.  In normal times it is difficult to complete. In the current environment of remote teaching and learning, it seemed impossible. And yet it happened! Students, teachers and justice sectors volunteers had constructive discussions on our online forums and, although most teams couldn’t complete […]

Jamie Glass – 2019 Chief Justices’ Award Recipient

Jamie Glass, a law teacher at Middlefield Collegiate Institute in the York Region District School Board, is the recipient of the 2019 Chief Justices’ Award. The Chief Justices’ Award is an annual award created by the Chief Justices of Ontario’s three courts to honour individuals who have made exceptional contributions in promoting public understanding of […]

Law Students Deliver PLE on Safety and Sexting

Each year, OJEN’s Justice Education Fellowship program provides Public Legal Education training and experience to a select group of Ontario law students.  Before the start of the fall semester, Fellows meet with OJEN staff to learn about our justice education project models, facilitation techniques for youth audiences and tips for working with teachers, volunteers and […]

Introducing OJEN to Ontario’s Teacher Candidates

Educator Support staff are on the road introducing OJEN’s free resources and services to faculties of education across Ontario.  In a year when labour action restricts teachers’ ability to attend professional development sessions, OJEN has refocused our attention on teacher candidates. Since the beginning of the year, Director of Educator Support, Nat Paul, has visited […]

Frontline Worker Training Series – Support through the Justice System Training

Approximately 80 frontline workers attended a full day Supporting Youth Through the Justice System training delivered by OJEN on January 28th.  In partnership with the City of Toronto Youth Development Unit and Toronto Youth Equity Strategy and in collaboration with Nikki Knows, the workshop clarified for frontline workers what happens when a youth is charged […]

OJEN Partners on Access to Justice Week Conference

On October 31st, OJEN (Ontario Justice Education Network), CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario), and the Law Society of Ontario presented a day-long conference as part of Ontario’s 4thannual Access to Justice Week.  Widening the Circle: Public Legal Education and Access to Justice, addressed current and emerging topics in public legal education and information. In his […]

Inspiring Diverse Young Women in Waterloo Region

On November 5th, the Waterloo OJEN Committee hosted the 2nd annual Braiding Diversity into Justice – a day long program for young women from racialized and/or marginalized communities to learn about careers in law.  Approximately 30 young women met at the Waterloo Region Courthouse to connect with female professionals working in the justice sector. The […]

Youth-Police Dialogues Update

OJEN’s Youth-Police Dialogues (YPD) Program is in high gear this fall with the multi-session workshops taking place simultaneously in five communities throughout Ontario.  In Toronto, Hamilton, Kingston, Sudbury, and Ottawa, youth and police officers are coming together to challenge stereotypes, build rapport, and improve community relations.  Now in the second year of a three year […]

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