Building a Brighter Future for Youth Access to Justice

Toronto – September 20, 2017 – The Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) at Ryerson University, in partnership with The Law Foundation of Ontario and with support from The Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) is launching a Youth Access to Justice Initiative this fall.

Through a series of 5 sessions that will run from the end of September to the first week of November, the LIZ and their partners will create the building blocks required for a successful youth access to justice initiative. Each session is designed to identify ongoing challenges and potential action areas for systemic and community level improvements.

The LIZ and their partners need your help in strengthening youth access to justice by designing approaches that better reach youth, provide answers to important questions and help youth navigate justice issues. Your participation will ensure that the issues that directly affect you and your community are heard. To RSVP for our sessions, please click here.

“We are delighted to engage youth in building justice pathways that work better for them”, said Chris Bentley, Managing Director of the Legal Innovation Zone. “The support of The Law Foundation of Ontario, and the participation of so many expert advocates, will help create an approach with lasting value”.

Each session is designed to identify ongoing challenges and potential action areas for systemic and community level improvements. The LIZ and their partners hope this innovative approach will inspire community collaboration and effective results.

The final proposal on the key findings will be on the LIZ website following completion of the sessions. 

About the Legal Innovation Zone

The Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) is a co-working space and the first legal tech incubator with a focus on building better legal solutions for the consumers of legal services. The LIZ helps support, foster and develop solutions and techniques to improve legal services and the justice system.

About The Law Foundation of Ontario

Established by statute in 1974, The Law Foundation of Ontario is the sole foundation in Ontario with the mandate of improving access to justice. Through granting and collaboration, the Foundation invests in knowledge and services that help people understand the law and use it to improve their lives.

For further information, contact

Hersh Perlis, Director, Legal Innovation Zone: hperlis@ryerson.ca