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Legal Artivism

OJEN’s success in reaching broad and diverse youth audiences, is based on our practice of forging collaborative partnerships with existing youth-serving organisations. Meeting youth in their communities and tailoring programs to meet their unique needs and interests, opens the door to meaningful exchange about law and the legal system.  It fosters engagement and creates a […]

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My Summer Work Experience with OJEN

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a lawyer. From watching almost every crime documentary that has ever existed on Netflix, to having the opportunity to join the Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS) program at my high school, law has been the career path my heart has been set […]

The Significance of OJEN’s Justice Education Initiatives For Youth

My name is Crystal Binag. I am an incoming 2L student in Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law program. I accepted a remote 14-week internship position as a Project Officer at the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN). This position was funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO). My position as a Project Officer […]

OJEN staff recommended summer reading list

From the bookshelves of OJEN staff, we’re pleased to share a selection of some of our current favourites, as well as books we’ve earmarked for our future reading enjoyment. Whether it’s a delicious escape from everyday life, or a journey into new realms of reality, there’s nothing better than losing oneself in a good book. […]

OJEN’s Summer Law Institute celebrates 20 years!

Among the first programs OJEN launched when it was formed 20 years ago, was the Summer Law Institute (SLI). This 2-day professional development event for secondary school teachers has been held every year since 2002, becoming a late-summer staple for many teachers preparing to return to classes. Scheduled just ahead of the start of the […]

20th Anniversary Profile – Gabriela Dedelli, former Justice Education Fellow

“Justice education provides practical, relevant knowledge that young adults can apply throughout their lives.” Each year, OJEN invites law students and paralegal students across Ontario to apply for our Justice Education Fellowship positions. Fellows receive in-depth training in public legal education theory and practice,and then run youth-focused justice education projects in their communities. This one-year […]

Introducing OJEN’s 2022-23 Justice Education Fellows

OJEN’s Justice Education Fellowship program was introduced in 2017. The program provides an opportunity for a select group of law students to gain in-depth public legal education training and experience before entering law careers. Justice Education Fellows receive focused skill development in communications, community outreach, public speaking, and plain language work. During the academic year […]

Sarah Daly – Profile of a past program participant

“I am lucky to have had the opportunity to participate in the justice education programs and I would not hesitate to recommend it to other high school students.”  While she was a student at Cathedral High School in Hamilton, Sarah Daly had the opportunity to participate in a variety of OJEN’s school-based programs through her […]

2022 OBA-OJEN Competitive Mock Trial (OOCMT) season wraps up

Students throughout Ontario participated in the annual OBA – OJEN Competitive Mock Trial (OOCMT) program in April and May.  Despite the extra challenges of preparing for the mock trial during Covid-19, 6 tournaments took place in Durham, Halton, Niagara, Peel, Toronto and York.   Now in its ninth year, the program underwent modifications in 2020 so […]

5th annual Braiding Diversity into Justice program

The Waterloo OJEN Committee held its 5th annual Braiding Diversity into Justice program by Zoom on the morning of March 31, 2022. The goal of the program is to connect marginalized and/or racialized young women between the ages of 16 and 20 with women working in the legal sector. 50 young women from the Kitchener-Waterloo […]

OJEN Halton Committee Hosts Webinar for Students

When Halton OJEN Committee Chair, Inga Andriessen, heard that lawyers from a local law firm had been granted leave to argue a case at the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC), she recognized the rare learning opportunity it presented for local high school students. She arranged with the lawyers involved to address Halton area law classes by […]

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