LIZ Launches the Global Family Initiative

The Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) at Ryerson University is launching the Global Family Justice Initiative (GFJI).  Our goal:  to help separating families get the justice they need in the way they need it – faster, simpler, and more affordable.  Today we are announcing four parts of the initiative that will accelerate reaching that goal by identifying and supporting world change leaders, building a coalition of the willing, setting a target date for reaching the goal and measuring the progress, and building solutions that will advance the goal.

A faster, simpler, and more affordable approach for families to resolve the issues they face during separation is needed.  Many dedicated individuals and organizations have worked to achieve this goal and solve the family access to justice problem.  We must build on their progress.  The challenge remains, unfortunately, and in some ways the problem is getting worse.   Families need an approach that works for them.

The Legal Innovation Zone at Ryerson is launching a four-part initiative to support the move to a family justice approach that works better for the families that need it.Family Law Innovation Conference. June 4, 2018. World change leaders will be invited to meet and share their innovative approaches to helping families so that we can learn, challenge, adapt and improve.

1. Family Law Innovation Conference. June 4, 2018. World change leaders will be invited to meet and share their innovative approaches to helping families so that we can learn, challenge, adapt and improve.

2. Family Justice Achievement Measure. For release January 30, 2018. What gets measured gets done. It’s time to set the target and measure the progress.

3. Community Family Justice Engagement. Through gatherings, webinars, pop-up family justice meetings, and other initiatives, people who want to help can shape and create improved family justice.

4. Family Assist Portal. Currently under development. This is an interactive online portal where families can obtain the information they need to facilitate faster, simpler and more affordable resolutions of their issues.

Einstein said that the level of thinking that got us to where we are is not the level of thinking that will get us to where we need to be.  Let’s build on what has been accomplished so far, and take the next steps.  It’s time to solve this problem.  If we work together, and build a coalition of the willing, we can achieve what so many families desperately need.

For further information, contact:

Chris Bentley, Managing Director, Legal Innovation Zone
chris.bentley@ryerson.ca or 416-979-5000 x2308