In October 2008, close to 200 people from across Ontario who develop and deliver information to help their clients and communities understand their legal rights came together at the Learn, Grow, Connect conference. Participants shared information, learned from experts, and took steps towards building a practice of community legal education. Below is a selection of conference materials and webcasts.
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Plenary session materials and webcasts
Keynote address: Inequality and Justice
Checking in with your community: Needs assessments and evaluations
Needs assessments and evaluation tools can help small organizations provide effective legal information and education to their communities. Panellists offer practical strategies for identifying information needs and for evaluating what works.
Presenters: Gayle Broad, Mary Stratton
Materials: Assessments, Evaluations and Background Research: How Can We Get It Done? (PDF, 120 kb), Community-Based Mapping: A Research Tool for Justice System Research (PDF, 48 kb), Helpful Data Sources (PDF, 104 kb)
Making change: Public legal education and community empowerment
By helping people understand and assert their legal rights, public legal education equips communities to organize for change. Panellists describe how public legal education can empower disadvantaged and racialized communities.
Presenters: Mary Lou Fassel, Deena Ladd, Hamdi Mursal, Nan Normand
Shaping New Directions: Linguistic and Rural Access to Justice
The Law Foundation of Ontario is looking for innovative ways to improve access to legal information and advice for persons who don’t speak English or French or who live in rural or remote areas. The project team has completed its formal consultation and is developing ideas to recommend to the Foundation. During this plenary session, the project leads describe their preliminary findings.
Presenters: Karen Cohl, George Thomson
Materials: Shaping New Directions: Linguistic and Rural Access to Justice (PPT, 164 kb)
Spotlight on innovation: Creation through collaboration
Collaboration with community partners is a key to creating effective community legal education and information programs. Panellists talk about innovative resources and programs that they have developed and share the ideas behind these initiatives.
Presenters: Fatima Ahmad, Lisa Cirillo, Fiona MacCool
Materials: Community Legal Education Online: CLEONet (PPT, 4 mb)
What we should know: Community legal education and French language services
Ontario’s first French Language Services Commissioner, François Boileau, shares his thoughts and insights on the Commission’s role in supporting French language rights in Ontario.
Presenter: François Boileau
What we heard: Linguistic and Rural Access to Justice (Closing session)
Closing comments: Karen Cohl, George Thomson
Small group session materials and webcasts (where available)
Community legal education experiences in Aboriginal communities: What
we can learn
This workshop showcases innovative public legal education initiatives in rural and urban Aboriginal communities.
Presenters: Claudia Belda, R. Jack Falkins
Materials: The Telejustice Project (PPT, 1.1 mb)
Doing effective public legal education for racialized and non-official
This workshop looks at strategies for providing legal information to these historically excluded communities. Presenters talk about their experiences creating culturally sensitive resources, using community media, producing materials in multiple languages, and doing information workshops.
Presenters: Alexandra Hickey, Raine Liliefeldt, Ginny Santos, Yedida Zalik
Materials: Typesetting Multilingual Projects (PPT, 44 kb)
Effective public legal education workshops: Tools of the trade
Are you looking for practical tips on developing and delivering effective community legal education workshops? Find out which techniques work when communicating legal information to adults, and which ones don’t.
Presenter: Margaret Capes
Materials: Access to Justice Handbook Middlesex-London 2007-08 (PDF, 99 kb), Energy Re-Biller Handout (PDF, 88 kb), ESA Handouts (PDF, 71 kb), ESA Workshop Outline (PDF, 42 kb), ODSPA Online Exercises (PDF, 59 kb) OWA Case Study (PDF, 53 kb), SCC Case Study (PDF, 54 kb), Study Circle Handout (PDF, 133 kb), Tools of the Trade Workshop Outline (PDF, 127 kb), Toronto Star Article (PDF, 65 kb), Workshop Evaluation (PDF, 107 kb)
Tips for creating legal information in clear language
Creating accessible legal information is not easy, especially if your clients find reading difficult. This workshop introduces the basic principles of clear language. Learn tips and discover tools to help you write and design legal information for your readers.
Presenter: Tannis Atkinson
Materials: How Writers Create Illiteracy (PDF, 116 kb), Tips for creating legal information in clear language (PDF, 192 kb)
Web 201: Beyond the basics
After taking the first steps online, your organization may be encountering new issues and challenges. This workshop provides information about advanced online tools and strategies that you can use in your community legal education work.
Presenter: Phillip Djwa