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Law Institutes for Teachers – Summer Law Institute (SLI)

OJEN’s Summer Law Institute is our flagship professional development event. This two-day conference has been held in historic Osgoode Hall in downtown Toronto since the first SLI in 2002.

Your registration fee covers two full days of outstanding justice education programming, catered breakfast and lunch for both days, and a catered evening reception in one of the most beautiful buildings in Toronto. A truly exceptional value, the SLI has become a late-summer staple for many teachers as they prepare to return to classes.

“The Summer Institute was excellent. The topics covered were of real interest to high-school students. I would definitely recommend the Summer Institute to my teacher friends.” — Teacher Law Institute participant

Past Law Institute Programs

2020 Summer Law Institute Webinar Series

Because COVID-19 is still active in Toronto, we won’t be able to gather at Osgoode Hall for the Summer Law Institute as we’ve done for 18 years. In its place, we will offer a summer webinar series for law teachers that will run weekly from July 22 through the end of August. Like the SLI, this series will feature leaders from a wide range of law and justice areas, talking about emerging areas of law and key issues facing the justice system in Ontario. You can register for each webinar individually based on your interests and your schedule.

Look out for some of your returning favourites, including the Top 5 Cases 2020 and What’s New From OJEN! (It’s a lot.)

All of our summer webinars will be free of cost to attendees. Please see the individual webinar descriptions below for registration links and information about the sessions. We will be recording them and archiving them online for anyone who is unable to attend. Watch this space for more announcements and instructions on how to register for each webinar!


Wednesday, July 22nd, at 3:00 PM

Their Voices Will Guide Us – Bringing Lessons from the MMIWG Inquiry into the Classroom 

Speaker: Charlene Bearhead, Indigenous activist and educator

Tuesday, July 28th, at 12:00 PM

Top 5 Significant Cases of the Past Year – What are their impact on society

Speaker: Justice Lorne Sossin, Superior Court of Justice

Date TBA, first week of August

Environmental Law – including Mathur, et al. v. Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario

Speaker: Alan Andrews, Climate Program Director at ECOjustice

More speakers TBA

Thursday, August 13th

COVID-19 and the law: How has criminal, employment, and housing law been affected by COVID-19

Speakers: Meghan Scott, Crown Attorney, Ministry of the Attorney General

Kumail Karimjee, Karimjee Law, employment lawyer

Tuesday, August 18th

Fertility Law Issues in Canada

Speaker: Sara Cohen, fertility law lawyer

Tuesday, August 25th

OJEN’s New Resources – Preview of what’s new on the OJEN website

Speaker: OJEN Staff


July 22: Their Voices Will Guide Us – Bringing Lessons from the MMIWG Inquiry into the Classroom

The Ontario Justice Education Network is offering a free online session for secondary school teachers that provides information about “Teaching Law: As an Act of Truth Seeking and Reconciliation” and Their Voices Will Guide Us. This webinar features Charlene Bearhead, educator and Indigenous education advocate.

July 28: Top 5 Significant Cases of the Past Year

Each year, a leading Ontario jurist presents five Canadian legal decisions from the previous year that they feel are of the greatest importance and interest to educators and the public. OJEN prepares a summary of the cases, comments and observations that are appropriate for discussion and debate in the classroom setting. This webinar features The Honourable Justice Lorne Sossin, Superior Court of Justice.

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