Disrupting Inequitable Access to Justice

Access to a fair and equitable justice system and humility go hand in hand. In this workshop, you will explore the ways in which justice professionals can be better advocates and mentors, including by exploring what Level is currently doing to drive change.

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Brittany Twiss

Lawyer and Executive Director at Level

Brittany Twiss is a graduate from Queen's University and hold a J.D. with a specialization in Social Justice from the University of Ottawa. She volunteered and worked as a human rights advocate in Tanzania, Thailand, and the United Kingdom, with a focus on gender based violence, sexual exploitation and access to justice for women and children. Following law school, she joined a prominent family law litigation firm in Toronto, where she represented clients in high conflict cases at all levels of court in Canada.

Brittany has been involved with Level (formerly Canadian Lawyers Abroad) since 2009, and was appointed Executive Director in August 2013.

Level is committed to disrupting inequitable access to justice by cultivating innovation and empathy in the legal sector. Level’s Indigenous Youth Outreach Program empowers youth to be leaders in their classrooms and communities through specialized justice education workshops. Level also advances human rights through innovative research, mentorship and advocacy initiatives.

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Kenya-Jade Pinto

 

Kenya-Jade is Level's Articling Student and Program Manager. During law school she participated in the Refugee Assistance Project as well as the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program, an flexed her written and oral advocacy skills in Buenos Aires, Argentina as co-counsel in the foreign Direct Investment Arbitration Moot. Kenya-Jade is also a documentary photographer who is passionate about using the power of law and photography to tell stories for social change. After 1L, on assignment with Photographers Without Borders, she photographed HIV/AIDS education initiatives in rural Uganda. She was then commissioned by the International Commission of Jurists in Nairobi to photograph the plight of Internally Displaced Peoples affected by post-election violence in a project titled, Not Yet Home.

Kenya-Jade is currently working with Level to illuminate the access to justice crisis in Canada.