Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

October 16, 2008 15:22 ET

Judges and Lawyers Invite High School Girls to Consider a Legal Career

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 16, 2008) - On October 16th, over 100 girls from around the province took part in a justice education program put on by the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN), the LAWS Program at U of T and the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF).

Girls were invited to attend the annual LEAF Persons' Day Breakfast and listen to keynote speaker Louise Arbour. Law firms, unions, and other equity seeking organizations donated seats at their tables at the breakfast for each girl. After the breakfast, these girls had a unique opportunity to meet informally with Ms. Arbour.

The rest of the day, developed by OJEN, included a tour of Osgoode Hall, a question and answer session with Court of Appeal judges and information about the impact that women have made through legal advocacy, presented by the Law Society of Upper Canada. The girls then visited the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and met with law students who discussed equality-seeking cases, as well as their experiences at law school over a lunch provided by the LAWS Program, the high school outreach program of the Faculty of Law.

The girls made a final stop at one of the many law firms that volunteered to provide a tour of their offices and a chance to see the day-to-day workings of a legal practice.

The full day event highlighted the potential of pursuing a career in law in order to promote equality and social change. "These girls not only had a chance to meet some of Canada's most prominent jurists, but also to consider the law as a tool for strengthening our democracy and resisting inequality," commented OJEN's Executive Director, Sarah McCoubrey.

The justice education program, offered at no cost to the girls, was possible because of the generosity of Justices Lang, Epstein and Weiler, Ms. Arbour, and lawyers at The Law Society of Upper Canada, Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre & Cornish LLP, Fasken Martineau, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, Gowlings Lefleur Henderson LLP, McLean & Kerr LLP, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP, Stikeman Elliott LLP, and Torkin Manes Barristers and Solicitors.

A civil society through education and dialogue.

Contact Information

  • For further information: regarding the program, or any of the participating partners, OJEN, the LAWS Program or LEAF, please contact OJEN at (416) 947-5273, info@ojen.ca