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Law Institutes for Teachers – Summer Law Institute (SLI)

OJEN’s Summer Law Institute is our flagship professional development event for secondary school teachers. The SLI has become a late-summer staple for many teachers as they prepare to return to classes.

Historically, the SLI is a two-day conference, held in Osgoode Hall in downtown Toronto. In 2022, we are offering a summer webinar and workshops series for law teachers in its place. 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.

The 2022 SLI will be held online between: August 29, 2022 – September 2, 2022

Look out for some of your returning favourites! You can also check out the past Law Institute programs to learn more about our previous events.

“Every year I look forward to the OJEN Summer Law Institute and although we weren’t able to physically gather, OJEN went above and beyond to prepare. As usual, the webinars addressed topics in law that are both current and relevant and the speakers shed light on the critical issues. The delivery of the sessions was seamless. The links to the webinars were delivered in a timely fashion and I particularly  enjoyed receiving the link to the recording right after. I used the recordings at my first History Department meeting in September and shared the Environmental Law webinar with the Geography Department.” — Lora Gillies, York Region District School Board, about the 2020 Summer Law Institute webinars.

2022 Summer Law Institute Registration

OJEN’s 2022 Virtual Summer Law Institute for secondary school teachers: Register for ALL sessions here!

Monday, August 29

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: Non-consensual Sharing of Intimate Images

Tuesday, August 30

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: R. v. Sullivan: Extreme Intoxication as a Defence

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Supporting Youth Without Immigration Status

Wednesday, August 31

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: Legal Life Skills & OJEN’s New Resources! 

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM: Osgoode Hall Virtual Tour

Thursday, September 1

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Justice Centres: From the Courtroom to the Community

Hux-Kiteley Award 

Friday, September 2

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Top 5 Cases of the Past Year with Justice Lorne Sossin

Please check back regularly as we update information. There is no cost to attend.

For information about the Summer Law Institute please contact Kristy Pagnutti at kpagnutti@ojen.ca or lawinstitutes@ojen.ca

Registrations and Recordings

To register for all the sessions, click on the first link below. To register for an individual session, choose a session title. Registrations and individual recordings will be added to this page once they are available. For more webinar recordings, also visit our Webinar Archive page.

OJEN offers special thanks to the Law Foundation of Ontario, whose funding made this webinar series and so many other crucial projects possible.

Non-Consensual Sharing of Intimate Images

[August 29] In this session, teachers will explore the legal landscape around the non-consensual sharing or publication of intimate images. Representatives from the Reclaim Pro Bono Project will talk about technology-facilitated violence and the civil and criminal remedies that you might seek if an intimate image was distributed without your permission. The Reclaim Pro Bono Project is a collaboration between the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and Spark Law Professional Corporation.

R. v. Sullivan: Extreme Intoxication as a Defence

[August 30] R. v. Sullivan centres on the use of extreme intoxication as a defence in a criminal case. The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) unanimously concluded that section 33.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada, which states that self-induced intoxication is not a defence, is not constitutional. The release of their decision reverberated through many different spheres of society and launched a flurry of questions and concerns.

Supporting Youth Without Immigration Status

[August 30] Justice For Children and Youth (JFCY) legal clinic’s Childhood Arrivals Support & Advocacy (CASA) program will be providing a webinar on being aware and inclusive of students with precarious or no immigration status. In this session, teachers will learn about the barriers facing these young people as well as how to support them. Teachers will also receive a brief overview of immigration law in Canada and information about legal services and resources available for young people.

Legal Life Skills & OJEN’s New Resources!

[August 31] In this session, please join OJEN staff in a discussion about legal life skills. In many ways, legal life skills are an extension of basic life skills: practicable, psychosocial skills that help us navigate the challenges and demands of life. They include organizational skills, communication skills, and critical thinking and problem solving skills that lawyers use to navigate legal issues. At the end of this session, we will introduce the new classroom resources OJEN staff have produced this summer, just in time for the start of the new school year!

Free Virtual Tour of Osgoode Hall

[August 31] The Summer Law Institute is offering a free virtual tour of historic Osgoode Hall. Join us as curator, Elise Brunet, takes us through this heritage home of the Ontario Court of Appeal, Superior Court of Justice and the Law Society of Ontario.

Justice Centres: From the Courtroom to the Community

[September 1] The Ontario Justice Education Network will be providing a webinar on Ontario’s Justice Centres. These centres are part of a new and innovative strategy to move justice out of traditional courtroom settings and into community, help connect vulnerable and marginalized persons with wrap-around services and treatment, and disrupt cycles of offending.

Top 5 Significant Cases of the Past Year – SLI 2022

[September 2] The Ontario Justice Education Network is offering a free online session featuring the Honourable Justice Lorne Sossin of the Ontario Court of Appeal. Each year at our annual Summer Law Institute, a leading Ontario academic or 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.

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