OCTOBER 2013

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Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters Final Report “A Roadmap for Change”

This month the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters released its Final Report, “A Roadmap for Change”. The report calls for reform in our justice system to decrease gaps in access to justice, and provides a clear set of actionable responses to access to justice problems. The report has been met with a great deal of positive feedback so far – you can download the full report and read some of the media responses on our website by clicking here
Over the course of the next several months we will be profiling the members of our student research team. Our student researchers are a central part of the CFCJ team and we are delighted to introduce them to you.

The ACCLE Annual Conference

On October 16-19, CFCJ Chair Trevor Farrow participated in the "Core Foundations and New Directions in Clinical Legal Education" conference, the 4th annual conference in Halifax hosted by the Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education (ACCLE). The purpose of the conference was to discuss and exchange new ideas in the field of clinical legal education in Canada. Some key questions asked were, “How do we develop strategies for fostering a commitment to social justice?”, and “How do we design and deliver effective clinical legal education programs?”. CURA Research Alliance member Rollie Thompson was one of the keynote speakers.

Trevor Farrow visits Cyberjustice Lab

Last week, CFCJ Chair & Cost of Justice Principal Investigator Trevor Farrow travelled to Montreal to visit the Cyberjustice Lab (le Laboratoire de cyberjustice) to learn more about its work and how the Lab is facilitating access to justice. The Cyberjustice Lab project is comprised of a research facility, a "virtual courtroom" and a "transportable courtroom" all housed at the Université de Montréal. As part of the Towards Cyberjustice project, the Lab works with the main players in the justice community to imagine, model and design new ways of networking judicial and extra-judicial processes. Learn more about the Cyberjustice Lab and research project here.

The Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution

The Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution, honouring the career contributions of retiring Ontario Chief Justice Warren K. Winkler (LLB ’62, LLM ’64, Hon LLD ‘12) has been formally established at Osgoode Hall Law School. Trevor Farrow has been announced as the inaugural Academic Director of the Institute with Nicole Aylwin as the Project Director. The mission of the institute is to further a progressive dispute resolution system, creating “real changes that lead to real results for clients”. See the media release from Osgoode here.
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