Common Law Section and CLTS Welcome LFO Community Leadership in Justice Fellows

Posted on Monday, September 10, 2018

The Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) has awarded Community Leadership in Justice Fellowships (CLJF) to Julie Mathews and Jean-Noé Landry, two researchers who will be hosted at the Common Law Section and the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, respectively, for the 2018-2019 academic term.

The CLJF gives senior-level employees in non-profit organizations the opportunity to spend all or part of an academic year at an Ontario law school, university, or community college department dedicated to legal or justice studies. It gives non-profit leaders the opportunity for professional development and career renewal and it strengthens the bond between academia and community-based non-profit organizations, fostering partnerships that last beyond the term of the fellowship. The CLJF also broadens and enriches students' academic experiences through innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

Julie Mathews is the Executive Director of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO). She has extensive experience leading numerous initiatives relating to improving access to justice through community-oriented legal education, information, and other supports. Ms. Mathews will be hosted by the Common Law Section, where she will work in close partnership with Professor David Wiseman, who has significant research and teaching expertise in the area of community-based legal assistance and access to justice.

Jean-Noé Landry is the Executive Director of OpenNorth, Canada's leading non-profit organization specialized in open data that researches and advocates for ‘open smart cities’. Mr. Landry will be hosted by the Centre for Law, Technology, and Society. With support from Dr. Florian Martin-Bariteau, the Centre’s director and a professor within the Common Law Section, Mr. Landry’s fellowship will examine power relations in a smart city ecosystem, in particular the role and influence of citizens. It will investigate how citizens may be commodified, how political participation is framed, and what changes occur as a result of the introduction of various networked and urban ‘smart’ technologies – both positive and negative. Remaining based in Montreal during his fellowship, Mr. Landry will continue to lead OpenNorth's strategic direction, major programs, and partnerships.

“Jean-Noé and Julie are both extraordinary leaders and we’re excited to see what comes from their fellowships,” said Linda Rothstein, Chair of the LFO. “The Foundation’s support of their work reflects its long-standing commitment to the role community-based organizations play in providing frontline access to justice services as well as its emerging interest in how technology is transforming the legal landscape.”

“Our law school is excited to host these two community-focused fellowships,” said Adam Dodek, Dean of the Common Law Section. “The work undertaken by Jean-Noé and Julie will offer some fascinating new active learning opportunities to our students, and will serve as strong examples of the important types of research, learning, and community-based advances that are made possible when the academic and non-profit sectors come together. We are extremely fortunate to be hosting both of these fellows at the same time.”

Click here to read more about the LFO’s Community Leadership in Justice Fellowships.

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