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Non-profit leaders can further their careers and causes through Justice Fellowship

February 1, 2016

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Applications are now being accepted to give non-profit leaders the unique opportunity to further their careers and their causes through a paid fellowship.

Preventing public disasters, reducing homelessness, developing an intensive program in disability law and educating students to think critically about civil liberties; these are some of the areas of law that have been explored through The Law Foundation of Ontario’s Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship program.

The fellowship allows recognized leaders in the public sector to spend all or part of an academic year at an Ontario law school or university or college in a legal or justice studies-related department. The fellows plan and implement their individual projects, leading activities such as research, teaching, lectures, events and collaborations.

The opportunity is open to senior employees in public interest organizations who are dedicated to advancing access to justice. Candidates do not need to have a law degree. The Law Foundation of Ontario provides funding to cover the fellow’s salary and for equipment and other program-related costs the academic host may need. The fellowship provides a unique professional development opportunity for leaders in the public sector and builds bridges between community and academia, leaving a lasting access to justice legacy for both.

Danielle McLaughlin, Director of Education at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Education Trust (CCLA/CCLET) did a fellowship in 2010/11. Her work at the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Education helped teachers to prepare students to think critically about civil liberties, understand their rights and responsibilities, and actively participate in democracy.

“The experience was invaluable to me,” shares Ms. McLaughlin. “The Fellowship gave me an opportunity to have some respite from my day-to-day work so that I could focus on the more creative aspects of civil liberties education. As a result, CCLET was able to use my research and writing to develop significant resources for teaching civil liberties for elementary teachers.” In fact, the groundwork laid by Ms. McLaughlin during her fellowship led to the development of a website,, and a recently published book she authored called That’s Not Fair! Getting to Know Your Rights and Freedoms.

The deadline for applications is April 29, 2016. For full details of the program and application process, click here.


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.