Community Leadership in Justice Fellowships Return

    TORONTO, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to
announce the return of the Community Leadership in Justice Fellowships to
bring leaders from public interest organizations which interact with the
justice system together with Ontario universities, colleges and law schools.
The Fellows' roles may encompass a range of responsibilities including:
research, teaching or co-teaching and may also focus on less traditional
academic contributions and more on mentorship, activism and leadership
(through discussion groups, public lectures, collaborative projects, etc.).
    Building on last year's success, the LFO has again selected two
outstanding candidates for the 2007/2008 Fellowships: Francisco Rico-Martinez,
Co-Director of the FCJ Refugee Centre in Toronto will co-teach at the
University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, in the areas of research and mentoring;
and Leilani Farha, Director of the Women's Program at the Centre for Equality
Rights in Accommodation (CERA) will conduct a women's social and economic
rights program in conjunction with Carleton University's Human Rights Program.
    A former professor of law in El Salvador, Francisco Rico-Martinez will
conduct research in immigration and refugee laws. "Ultimately, the goals of
this research are to find ways to ensure that the stories of all claimants are
heard within the immigrant and refugee process...and to provide the tools for
lobbying to improve our immigration and refugee system," he explained.
    Leilani Farha is a leading human rights activist whose legal advocacy
work has altered understandings of women's right to housing. "By establishing
a group of students to participate in a research project, undergraduate
students from a range of disciplines could benefit from a focused,
collaborative and participatory international project on social and economic
rights," she said.
    The Fellowships will broaden and enrich the faculty and students'
academic experience through innovative and facilitative approaches to teaching
and learning. It is also hoped that as a result of the experience, the Fellows
themselves will be stimulated and inspired to bring new insight to their
respective organizations.
    "We are confident the Fellowships will strengthen the connection between
the academic institutions and the public interest organizations and result in
ongoing partnerships," explained LFO Chair, Larry Banack. "The results for
both institutions are very positive and invaluable to promoting a better
alignment of academic and community work," he added.

    The LFO was established in 1974 and is committed to the advancement of
legal knowledge, excellence within the legal profession and community
participation in the legal system. The LFO funds programs and initiatives that
promote and enhance access to justice for all Ontarians. For more information
on the LFO and the Community Leadership in Justice Fellowships, visit

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Adriana Suppa, Communications
Advisor, The Law Foundation of Ontario, Tel. (416) 598-1550 ext. 309,; Laura Rosen-Cohen, Communications Officer, The
University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, Tel. (416) 946-5722,; Margaret Denike, Coordinator, Human Rights Program,
Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, Carleton University, Tel. (705)

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