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08 Jun


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Connect, Create, Communicate – Public Legal Education and the Access to Justice Movement

June 8, 2016 | By |

LawConnect Ontario (a collaboration of CLEO and OJEN) and The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) are hosting Connect, Create, Communicate 2016, a conference on public legal education and information (PLEI) and access to justice.

The conference will take place on October 20-21 in Toronto. We welcome participation from interested legal professionals, community workers, students, and other people working in access to justice and doing PLEI.

The program will offer a mix of plenary sessions and smaller break-out workshops. Through the workshops, we aim to offer participants opportunities for thought-provoking discussion and practical learning.

We are inviting short proposals for workshops that:

  • introduce participants to new ideas or different skills
  • would be useful to people working in other places or sectors
  • are engaging and interactive
  • are practical.

We expect that between 30-60 people will be in attendance at each workshop. Each workshop will last for approximately 75 minutes.

All proposals must align with the following core themes of the conference:


  • Reaching and engaging the public
  • Working with non-traditional partners for PLEI and A2J
  • Training and working with “go-to” intermediaries
  • Sharing new developments from research relating to PLEI or A2J
  • The practical and strategic use of technology


  • Developing PLEI with and for hard-to-reach audiences
  • Understanding the need: assessing needs and learning from evaluations
  • Finding support and partners for new projects
  • Working with volunteers
  • Access to justice as a social movement
  • Rethinking legal education to support PLE and A2J


  • Communicating in plain language
  • Public participation in finding access to justice solutions
  • Building public awareness of access to justice and the legal system
  • Working with the digital divide
  • Changing relationships between legal experts and the public

Please submit proposals using the webform available at All proposals must be received by 6pm on Monday, June 27, 2016.

All conference attendees including presenters are required to register. Registration details and accommodation information will be posted shortly.

Connect, Create and Communicate 2016 will be held at the Chestnut Conference Centre. The venue is fully accessible and conveniently located in downtown Toronto.

Please send any questions or comments to

Connect, Create, Communicate 2016 is presented in association with CLEO’s PLE Learning Exchange and the Public Legal Education Association of Canada, as part of TAG’s‘s Access to Justice Week.

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