TORONTO, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - On October 16th, over 100 girls from around the
province took part in a justice education program put on by the Ontario
Justice Education Network (OJEN), the LAWS Program at U of T and the Women's
Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF).
Girls were invited to attend the annual LEAF Persons' Day Breakfast and
listen to keynote speaker Louise Arbour. Law firms, unions, and other equity
seeking organizations donated seats at their tables at the breakfast for each
girl. After the breakfast, these girls had a unique opportunity to meet
informally with Ms. Arbour.
The rest of the day, developed by OJEN, included a tour of Osgoode Hall,
a question and answer session with Court of Appeal judges and information
about the impact that women have made through legal advocacy, presented by the
Law Society of Upper Canada. The girls then visited the Faculty of Law at the
University of Toronto and met with law students who discussed equality-seeking
cases, as well as their experiences at law school over a lunch provided by the
LAWS Program, the high school outreach program of the Faculty of Law.
The girls made a final stop at one of the many law firms that volunteered
to provide a tour of their offices and a chance to see the day-to-day workings
of a legal practice.
The full day event highlighted the potential of pursuing a career in law
in order to promote equality and social change. "These girls not only had a
chance to meet some of Canada's most prominent jurists, but also to consider
the law as a tool for strengthening our democracy and resisting inequality,"
commented OJEN's Executive Director, Sarah McCoubrey.
The justice education program, offered at no cost to the girls, was
possible because of the generosity of Justices Lang, Epstein and Weiler, Ms.
Arbour, and lawyers at The Law Society of Upper Canada, Blake, Cassels and
Graydon LLP, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre &
Cornish LLP, Fasken Martineau, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, Gowlings Lefleur
Henderson LLP, McLean & Kerr LLP, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Sack Goldblatt
Mitchell LLP, Stikeman Elliott LLP, and Torkin Manes Barristers and
A civil society through education and dialogue.
For further information:
For further information: regarding the program, or any of the
participating partners, OJEN, the LAWS Program or LEAF, please contact OJEN at
(416) 947-5273, firstname.lastname@example.org