The Law Foundation of Ontario

The Law Foundation of Ontario

September 29, 2009 09:00 ET

The LFO Announces 2009/2010 Community Leadership in Justice Fellows

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2009) - The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to announce that three individuals have been selected as Community Leadership in Justice Fellows for the 2009/2010 academic term. They are Richard Elliott, Executive Director, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network; Michael Janigan, Executive Director, Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC); and Allan McChesney, Senior Legal Researcher, Reach Canada.

The Community Leadership in Justice Fellowships bring leaders from public interest organizations which interact with the justice system together with Ontario universities, colleges and law schools. The Fellows spend a term in a law school or other post-secondary institution fulfilling a range of responsibilities including: research, teaching or co-teaching and they may also focus on less traditional academic contributions and more on mentorship, activism and leadership (through discussion groups, public lectures, collaborative projects, etc.).

Richard Elliott will partner with the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. His work will focus on legal research and policy analysis to support proposed legislative reforms to Canada's Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR). Mr. Elliott will prepare materials for legislators such as parliamentary submissions as well as material for engaging a broader non-legal public, including the media. He will also make contributions to academic research and discussion at the University through guest lectures and workshops in various faculties or departments - and serve as an expert resource for students undertaking research for credit on the issue of global access to medicines. Mr. Elliott will also prepare an article for publication in a law journal regarding CAMR reform.

Michael Janigan will partner with Carleton University's Department of Law. He will lecture and prepare course material that will engage students to do outreach work with citizen groups in the area of protecting the vulnerable consumer in the Canadian marketplace. His work will cover the principles of competition, regulation and general rules of consumer protection and involve practical involvement with issues arising in specific industries. Mr. Janigan will also liaise with other faculties at Carleton to share information that will be of assistance to his organization (PIAC) in the advancement of consumer advocacy.

Allan McChesney will partner with the University of Ottawa, Human Rights Research and Education Centre, to pursue three linked activities. In collaboration with University of Ottawa academics, staff and community partners, he will explore options for fostering cross-disciplinary research and education, professional training and public education on disability and law issues. In cooperation with Reach Canada, practising lawyers, law students and other community stakeholders, he will contribute to efforts supporting "Barrier-free Access to Courts for Persons with Disabilities". Allan will also be an occasional Guest Lecturer, covering law and policy issues related to disabilities and disability accommodation in Canada and at the international level.

The goal of the Fellowships is to 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, and bring new insight to their respective organizations.

"Our Fellowship program has been extraordinarily successful in achieving its goal. In fact, in order to expand the exceptional impact of this program, we have increased the number of Fellows from two to three this year," said LFO Chair, Mark J. Sandler. "We are honoured to be able to support the efforts of these remarkable people and organizations."

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

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