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Book a Steps to Justice Workshop Facilitator for Your Law Class

New for fall 2021, teachers can request specially-trained legal volunteers join their classes to run any of OJEN’s Steps to Justice workshops! Designed to be delivered in 60-75 minutes, these workshops introduce students to Community Legal Education Ontario’s (CLEO) Steps to Justice website, a legally-accurate and up-to-date resource for finding answers and support for the […]

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Introduce Your Students to 10 Areas of Law with Steps to Justice Modules

OJEN has developed a series of 10 classroom workshops that introduce students to 10 common areas of law.  Using hypothetical scenarios as a starting point, students explore a range of legal issues using the Steps to Justice website, developed by Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO). This online resource gives practical step-by-step information about navigating legal […]

2021 Bursaries for Students Beginning Studies Toward Justice Sector Careers

Twenty two students from throughout the province are beginning their post-secondary studies this fall with a bursary from the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario (AJPO), the Association of Ontario Judges (AOJ) or the Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Association (OSCJA). Students entering an Ontario university or community college program leading to a wide […]

Durham Law Day 2021

The Durham Public Legal Education Committee (PLEC) held its annual Law Day event for grade 5 students on Thursday May 6th by Zoom. Always a popular event with local schools, this year’s virtual program was no exception. In fact, this years’ event was such a success that the committee is planning to expand the program […]

Having Meaningful Conversations Online: a reflection on OJEN’s Youth-Police Dialogues program in the time of COVID

By Zoë Paddock Zoë joins OJEN this summer as a Social Justice Fellow from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law I don’t know if starting a new virtual job will ever feel entirely normal. You miss out on the office tour, the lunchtime conversation, and a lot of those casual opportunities to make connections […]

2021 OBA-OJEN Competitive Mock Trials (OOCMT) Wrap-Up

Congratulations to all our OOCMT participants this year! Teachers, your hard work and organization was truly amazing to witness. Students, your dedication to university/ professional-level legal issues was incredible. We especially wish to congratulate the winners of each of the four tournaments hosted this year: The Halton Tournament was held on May 7 and Christ […]

Spring Charter Challenge Wraps Up

The Spring 2021 Charter Challenge final was held by video conference on Monday, June 14th with two teams from Bloor Collegiate Institute in Toronto facing off against each other.  The hearing was presided over by Justice van Rensburg, Matthew Parker (ONCA staff lawyer), and Holly Kallmeyer (law clerk). Ms. Kallmeyer joined ONCA clerks Christopher Puskas […]

OOCMT Wraps up This Month

In spite of the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, four OBA-OJEN Competitive Mock Trial (OOCMT) tournaments took place by Zoom this spring. As well as a province-wide tournament, Halton, Peel and Toronto regions each held local tournaments.  For announcements of winners and finalists, keep an eye on OJEN’s Twitter! Students throughout Ontario began preparing for […]

And the “Défi de la Charte” finalists are…

We are pleased to announce that the finalists of the first entirely francophone Charter Challenge are Camille Gilbert and Zoé Serra from ESC Renaissance in Aurora and Conrad B. Piché from ESC St Charles Garnier in Whitby. As a reminder, 391 students participated in this exciting program, representing 28 schools (Sault Ste Marie (x2), Richmond […]

My Journey With OJEN’S Youth Leadership Team

By Kevine Ishimwe M These past months have been the most fulfilling and memorable of this unforgettable year!  It was such an honour to have been a team member of the Youth Leadership Team, to have been able to help create the Charter Challenge and to have a chance to meet and talk with so […]

OJEN Announces New Capacity Building and Engagement Department

OJEN is pleased to announce the launch of its Department of Capacity Building and Engagement (CBE), which is new to the organization as of January 2021. While volunteer training and professional development initiatives for both teachers and lawyers have always been a significant part of OJEN’s work, across all of its departments, the creation of […]

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