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OJEN INWATERLOO REGION

Waterloo Region Committee

OJEN’s Waterloo Region Committee is made up of volunteers from both the justice and education sectors. We organize local programs and activities to connect students and teachers to the legal community and justice education, and are always open to new ideas. Our co-chairs are Justice Catrina Braid of the Superior Court of Justice, and Dave Pletsch, teacher at Sir John A. MacDonald Secondary School.

If you are a teacher teaching law, civics, history, family studies, or any subject with a legal component, and you haven’t already connected with the committee, we’d like to know you! Please contact Dave Pletsch at david_pletsch@wrdsb.ca  to join our mailing list. We are also seeking more teachers to join the committee itself, which meets every other month. If you are a legal professional within Waterloo Region, we would love to have you involved! 

Programs

Waterloo Region Courtroom Visits

OJEN’s Courtroom Visit program provides students with unique opportunities to deepen their understanding of the justice system through experiential learning. Students get a chance to observe real court in session and to directly engage with justice sector representatives, like judges, Crown attorneys, defense lawyers, justices of the peace, and many other individuals with different roles … Learn More

Classroom Visits

OJEN’s Courtrooms & Classrooms activities enhance classroom learning by connecting students with the justice system and the professionals who work within it. Observing court in session, participating in mock trial tournaments, and connecting with justice sector professionals in the classroom – all help take law off the pages of the text book and into real … Learn More

Law Day – Waterloo Region

Law Day gives high school students the opportunity to participate in a criminal mock trial in a real courtroom, by taking on the roles of the accused, witnesses and the jury. Judges from the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice preside over the trial. Local lawyers take on the roles of … Learn More

Braiding Diversity into Justice

The goal of the “Braiding Diversity into Justice” event is to connect young women, who are marginalized and/or racialized, with members of the legal sector in order to motivate and empower them. We hope to inspire these young women of diverse backgrounds, and to help them feel confident in their ability to become successful legal/justice … Learn More

OBA/OJEN Competitive Mock Trials

The OBA/OJEN Competitive Mock Trials (OOCMT) is a partnership between the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) and the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN). A network of local mock trial tournaments use the OOCMT case and format for mock trials.

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News

Waterloo Region Mock Trial 2020

The OBA/OJEN Competitive Mock Trials (OOCMT) for High School Students is a partnership between the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) and the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN). We invite high school students to find their local mock trial competition, register a team, and participate in the province-wide tournament. The OBA and OJEN launched the competition for Waterloo Region … Read More

Waterloo OJEN Committee Organizes Career Day for Young Women

On November 6th, 40 young women from the Waterloo Region spent the day connecting with women working in justice sector careers.  Braiding Diversity into Justice was a full day career modeling program designed to attract greater diversity to the legal profession.  Organized by the Waterloo OJEN Committee, this program aimed to inspire young women from … Read More

Profiling the New Waterloo Region Committee

The OBA/OJEN Competitive Mock Trial Tournament (OOCMT) completed its fourth season last month, with record numbers of schools participating.  Since it was launched in 2014-2015 school year, the number of schools enrolling in the program has grown from 87 to 175.  Along with its popularity, the need for additional support at the local level, has … Read More

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