This full day forum is open to community workers and others interested in public legal education and information. Sessions will explore legal information and legal advice, the role of trusted intermediaries hands-on learning about clear language, clear design, and other skills.
This session features a panel discussion about how paralegals are advancing access to justice in their communities. It will be followed by a presentation about how paralegal students are responding to local access to justice needs through legal clinic field placements.
Known for doing things differently, Millennials are digital natives that are the next generation of justice system users and legal professionals. What does this mean for access to justice? This panel discussion explores the opportunities and challenges related to how Millennials approach legal technology.
In an age where the internet is increasingly essential for education, job searching, banking and even ordering your morning coffee, the justice sector is under pressure to use more technology. But how does this affect those who don’t have regular access to a computer or the internet?
Sylvia Green is a retired teacher who has been dealing with a legal estate case on her own since 2011. She found navigating a complex system on her own to be incredibly overwhelming and intimidating. When she discovered Pro Bono Ontario (PBO), a volunteer-based legal services organization, she found guidance and ultimately the confidence to represent herself in court. She shares her journey with us.
Canadian-born Gitxsan activist for Indigenous child welfare, Cindy Blackstock, is not one to back away from fighting injustice. According to Cindy, the Canadian government is racially discriminating against 163,000 First Nations children and their families, resulting in more First Nations children in the child welfare system today than at the height of residential schools.
Steps to Justice is a first-of-its-kind initiative that empowers people in Ontario to understand and take action to deal with their legal problems.More info