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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 were not able to gather at Osgoode Hall for the Summer Law Institute as we’ve done for 18 years. In its place, we offered a summer webinar series for law teachers that ran weekly from July 22 through the end of August. Like the SLI, this webinar series features 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.

Please see the individual webinar descriptions below for information about the sessions and to watch the recordings!

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

Webinar Recordings:

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

The Ontario Justice Education Network offers 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.

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.

Environmental Law – Teaching about Mathur et al. in high schools

This webinar features Alan Andrews, Climate Program Director at Ecojustice. Seven young people, backed by Ecojustice, are suing the Government of Ontario for weakening its climate targets because it will lead to widespread illness and death, violating Ontarians’ Charter-protected rights to life, liberty, and security of the person. Learn about this public interest litigation, Mathur et. al in the hour long webinar.

COVID-19 and the Law

COVID-19 continues to have a changing impact on the law and all of our lives. In this webinar, teachers will learn from leading experts how COVID-19 has affected criminal, employment and housing law. This webinar features Meghan Scott, Crown Attorney, Kumail Karimjee, Employment Lawyer and Nina Hall, Staff Lawyer, Kensington Bellwoods Community Legal Services.

Fertility Law in Canada

Fertility law is the legal arena in which this complex field interacts with the justice system. Join OJEN for a webinar with Sara Cohen, a lawyer specializing in fertility law to learn about the regulation of surrogacy, reproductive technology and other key debates and questions in family and fertility.

OJEN's New Resources!

A long-time favourite of the Summer Law Institute, OJEN staff present their new resources available for your classroom. This year’s webinar features a number of online resources and plans for program delivery throughout the year!

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