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Charter Challenge – What will French language students gain by participating in this program?

By Kevine Ishimwe M and John Abdelsayed Kevine and John are members of OJEN’s Francophone Youth Leadership Team The Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) is a charitable, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization with a province-wide mandate. OJEN is developing a Francophone mock appeal program. This program will give French-speaking students in Ontario an opportunity to gain a […]

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Announcing 2020 Fall Charter Challenge Semi-Finalists

OJEN is happy to announce the finalists for the Fall 2020 Charter Challenge! Please join us in congratulating: The Appellant: Feldman and Gan Legal Counsel from Bloor Collegiate Institute in Toronto. and The Respondent: Law Society of Dufferin Grove, also from Bloor Collegiate Institute! OJEN and our reviewers from Osgoode Hall Law School and the […]

Law and Community 2020 Conference

On October 29th, OJEN and Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) hosted a day-long conference for community workers as part of the Law Society of Ontario’s 5th annual Access to Justice Week.  “Law and Community in 2020: Updates and Action for Community Workers” offered community workers access to front-line lawyers and community organizers who provided updates […]

Two Options for the OOCMT

The OBA-OJEN Competitive Mock Trial (OOCMT) program has undergone some changes this year to adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic.  After consulting with teachers throughout the province, OJEN has created a plan to allow as many students as possible to participate in the program.  To accommodate both the quadmester system used by many school boards, and […]

2020 OJEN AGM and Awards Presentation

On November 17th, OJEN staff, directors and guests met by Zoom for our 18th Annual General Meeting (AGM).  Approximately 60 people attended the virtual event to celebrate a successful year of justice education activities and to honour three OJEN award recipients.   Board Co-Chair, Justice Katrina Mulligan of the Ontario Court of Justice, opened the AGM […]

Province-Wide Twitter Moot Lights Up the Twittersphere

Students from schools across Ontario participated in OJEN’s first province-wide Twitter Moot.  The online debate focused on the question – should we allow peremptory challenges in criminal jury trials? Before the event, participants prepared for the moot with the aid of an OJEN resource package including background information and a suggested reading list. Based on […]

Register now for the Fall 2020 Charter Challenge

Are you looking for an engaging activity that works for both virtual or physical classrooms? The Charter Challenge is Ontario’s only mock appeal competition for secondary schools, and it adapts well as both a remote and in-person activity for students anywhere in the province. OJEN will release a mock judicial decision in which complex Charter […]

Navigating Police Encounters

Over the past several months, OJEN staff have worked hard to adapt many of our existing public legal education programs for remote delivery… Unfortunately, not all of our programs work well on Zoom or Google Meet, and in some cases, we have had to put programs on hold. The multi-session Youth-Police Dialogues (YPD) program, which […]

Introducing OJEN’s 2020-21 Justice Education Fellows

Each year, OJEN offers Justice Education Fellowships to six law students attending Ontario universities.  Chosen for their commitment to social justice and interest in working with youth, Fellows put their passion into practice supporting justice education activities for youth in their communities. We are pleased to welcome this years’ cohort of students: Nehmat Bedar from […]

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 […]

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 […]

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