Access to Justice Week: spotlight on programs for paralegals

Posted: 10/14/2016

a2j-week-image-344x259The Law Society invites paralegals to attend Ontario’s first Access to Justice Week, October 17-21 in Toronto. (#A2J2016)

The week-long event provides an opportunity for legal professionals, community workers, students, and other people working in access to justice and doing public legal education to explore innovative access to justice initiatives and engage new participants in the access to justice conversation.

It is organized by TAG – The Action Group on Access to Justice and various partners, including: Law Connect, Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO), Social Justice Tribunals Ontario, and Raconteurs Storytelling.

From the wealth of programming next week, we’ve put a spotlight on the following sessions that we think will be of interest to paralegals:

Tuesday, October 18

Attorney General special guest speaker

A Vision for an Inclusive Justice System

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

The Honourable Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General of Ontario and Government House Leader, will talk about his priority to modernize the justice system. Paralegal Bencher Cathy Corsetti will introduce Minister Naqvi.

Location:  The Law Society of Upper Canada, 130 Queen St. W; Upper and Lower Barristers’ Lounges

This talk is part of a day-long program entitled Technology, Inclusion and Access to Justice: Broadening the Conversation*. How can technology be used to advance greater access to justice for diverse communities? Sessions will highlight new technology ideas in the justice sector and explore ways to strengthen the connection between inclusion and innovation.

*This event is currently full. Please join the wait list.

Thursday, October 20

New Roles for Lawyers & Paralegals

Time: 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Chestnut Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut Street

This session is part of the two-day program Connect. Create. Communicate: Public Legal Education and the Access to Justice Movement being held on Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21. Programming will feature both plenary sessions and smaller break-out workshops. These two days will introduce participants to new ideas and practical skills regarding public legal education and look at the current issues in the push for access to justice in Ontario.

Friday, October 21

Architects of Justice: Stories from the Justice System with Raconteurs Storytelling

Time: 7:30 p.m. ­– 9:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Location: Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto – St. George campus

Join us for an evening of true stories told live on stage by people about their personal and professional experiences with the legal system. These stories will explore the human element of access to justice and the work being done to build a better system from within. This is event is organized in partnership with Raconteurs Storytelling.

Go to the Access to Justice Week website to read about all the programming happening that week. For updates, follow @tagactiongroup on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


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