Collaborative Policy-Making, Law Students, and Access to Justice: The Rewards of Destabilizing Institutional Patterns

Lowenberger, Brea, Michaela Keet & Janelle Anderson. "Collaborative Policy-Making, Law Students, and Access to Justice: The Rewards of Destabilizing Institutional Patterns" (2017) 34:1 Windsor YB Access Just 148.

27 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2017

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Brea Lowenberger

University of Saskatchewan - College of Law

Michaela Keet

University of Saskatchewan College of Law

Janelle Anderson

Government of Canada - Innovation Division

Date Written: December 11, 2017

Abstract

English Abstract: Heightened concerns and dialogue about access to justice have infused the law school setting in Saskatchewan and, to varying degrees, across the country. If there ever were a time to approach social justice reform differently – to upset traditional parameters around decision making and step around older hierarchies for input and design – it would be now. This article describes the Dean’s Forum on Dispute Resolution and Access to Justice (colloquially known as the Dean’s Forum) as a platform for genuine student engagement in the development of public policy in this important area. We offer our combined reflections, gathered inside our “teaching team,” about the unique pedagogical features of our experiment and its challenges. As we continue to grow with the project, we offer this Saskatchewan story as one example of institutional collaboration in a quickly evolving educational and social policy landscape.

French Abstract: L’accès à la justice est une préoccupation croissante et un thème de plus en plus récurrent dans les facultés de droit de la Saskatchewan et, à différents degrés, de l’ensemble du pays. Le temps est venu, semble-t-il, d’aborder la réforme de la justice sociale différemment, de bouleverser les paramètres traditionnels gravitant autour de la prise de décisions et de contourner les hiérarchies plus anciennes en ce qui concerne les données et les concepts. Cet article porte sur le forum du doyen concernant le règlement des conflits et l’accès à la justice (familièrement appelé le Dean’s Forum (forum du doyen)) comme plateforme pour la participation des étudiants à l’élaboration des politiques publiques dans cet important domaine. Nous présentons l’ensemble des réflexions de notre équipe d’enseignants au sujet des éléments pédagogiques uniques de notre expérience et des difficultés connexes. Nous ctontinuons à grandir avec notre projet, mais nous souhaitions décrire dès maintenant cette expérience vécue en Saskatchewan à titre d’exemple de collaboration institutionnelle dans un contexte dans lequel les politiques éducationnelles et sociales ne cessent d’évoluer.

Suggested Citation

Lowenberger, Brea and Keet, Michaela and Anderson, Janelle, Collaborative Policy-Making, Law Students, and Access to Justice: The Rewards of Destabilizing Institutional Patterns (December 11, 2017). Lowenberger, Brea, Michaela Keet & Janelle Anderson. "Collaborative Policy-Making, Law Students, and Access to Justice: The Rewards of Destabilizing Institutional Patterns" (2017) 34:1 Windsor YB Access Just 148.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3086121

Brea Lowenberger (Contact Author)

University of Saskatchewan - College of Law ( email )

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Canada

Michaela Keet

University of Saskatchewan College of Law ( email )

Saskatoon, SK
Canada

Janelle Anderson

Government of Canada - Innovation Division

Saskatchewan
Canada

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