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Durham’s Virtual Law Day Program

The Durham Committee’s annual Law Day event has been a popular program for Grade 5 classes for many years.  When the Covid-19 pandemic made in-person activities at the Durham Region Courthouse impossible, the Durham committee successfully adapted the event to deliver it virtually. This year, they delivered the program twice on Wednesday, April 20th, including […]

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OTF grant helps OJEN provide legal education for young mothers in Hamilton

Hamilton, ON – A grant of $37,400 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s (OTF) Seed fund has made it possible for OJEN to develop and pilot a new public legal education program for young mothers in Hamilton. The multi-session program was delivered in partnership with two community-based organizations that provide support to young mothers, St. Martin’s […]

OJEN’s 20th Anniversary Volunteer Profile – Justice Patricia Hennessy

“I have found that schools, classrooms and student activities are some of the best places to learn from and about other communities.” The judiciary has played a vital role in the establishment and ongoing success of OJEN throughout our 20 year history.  Justice Patricia Hennessy of the Superior Court of Justice has championed justice education […]

Celebrating OJEN volunteers

During National Volunteer Week, April 24 – 30, we salute the thousands of volunteers who have contributed so much to OJEN’s success since our launch 20 years ago. We began in 2002 with a mission to promote understanding, education, and dialogue to support a responsive and inclusive justice system. With minimal staff and a shoestring […]

2022 Summer Law Institute Webinar & Workshop Series

OJEN’s Summer Law Institute (SLI) is our flagship professional development event for high school law and civics teachers. In place of our annual gathering at Osgoode Hall, we are offering a summer webinar and workshops series that runs from: Monday, August 29 – Friday, September 2  Our webinars and workshops cover emerging areas of law and […]

Court Visits Update

Date updated: April 2022 Virtual and In-person Court Visits All courts in Ontario have been profoundly impacted by the need to continue the administration of justice while managing the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. While technically still open to the public, many Ontario courthouses could only admit persons with matters before the courts in […]

What areas of law most interest your students?

OJEN responds to the needs and interests of youth by creating programs and resources based on their feedback. Teachers: please share this “Have Your Say” youth survey with your students. It is available in both English and French. Students can complete the short 3 question survey on their own device, on their own time: Have […]

OJEN court visits update

Many of you have asked about the status of our Courthouse Visit program. We have compiled a list of some of the Ontario courthouses that are currently offering virtual or in-person visits. We will be hearing from more of our courthouse partners in the weeks to come, but at this time, please note the availability […]

Classroom workshops from Justice for Children & Youth

We’re excited to share new opportunities for your classroom’s learning and inclusivity efforts: Our friends from the Childhood Arrivals Support and Advocacy (CASA) program at Justice for Children and Youth legal clinic (JFCY) are providing services for students who arrived in Canada as children but are living here without immigration status (often known by the […]

Law Day activity: judges available for virtual classroom visits

Would you like help educating your students and the public about Canada’s judicial system from a provincial or superior court judge in April? As a joint outreach activity, the Canadian Superior Court Judges Association and the Canadian Bar Association are offering high schools across the country the opportunity to have a judge give a virtual […]

20th Anniversary Profile – Amanda Cutinha, former Justice Education Fellow

I learned the value of justice education, specifically, the ways in which it can empower young people. Amanda Cutinha was a student at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law when she was accepted into OJEN’s Justice Education Fellowship program in 2019. OJEN’s Fellowships are year-long placements in which students receive in-depth training in public […]

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