Book a speaker (Classroom Visits)
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD TEACHERS
OJEN’s Memorandum of Understanding with the TDSB has changed to reflect TDSB covid-19 protocols. This change means that OJEN will not arrange IN PERSON visits to TDSB schools. This does not affect the availability of virtual classroom visits for TDSB sites.
Classroom Visits give secondary teachers the opportunity to invite a justice system professional such as a Crown attorney, a defense lawyer, a civil lawyer or a paralegal to talk to their class and respond to the questions of their students. This program enhances classroom learning by connecting students with the justice system and the professionals who work within it. Connecting with justice sector professionals in the classroom helps take law off the pages of the text book and into real life.
In addition to this standard option, OJEN is currently able to provide two other formats of guest speakers:
Steps to Justice Workshops – OJEN has developed a group of specially-trained lawyers who can present one of our Steps to Justice Workshops with your students. 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 most commonly-encountered questions in various areas of everyday law. Your students will learn how to use the website while they zero in on topics like family, housing or employment law by working through engaging scenarios with an expert on hand to answer their questions! Check out the full list of available topics!
Justice Education Fellows: Every year OJEN trains a group of exemplary law students, representing all Ontario law schools, to work with OJEN partners and schools as part of a Justice Education Fellowship. Our amazing students are available to run the Steps to Justice workshops too, but can also offer:
- My Journey to a Career in Law
- OJEN’s Access to Justice Simulation
- Support for Mock Trials and Hearings
To book a speaker, simply complete the form below. If you are interested in one of the new options above, please indicate this in the form. Please send your request at least one month in advance and make sure it includes the exact time of your class and the topic(s) you want to be addressed.
Please note that, unless you specifically indicate in the request that you are looking for an in person visit, we will assume that you are looking for an online visit. Please be sure to include relevant information about the communications platform(s) – e.g. Zoom or Google Meet – so that we can advise prospective volunteers.
If you have any questions, please contact Thomas Gallezot