For two decades AIDWYC staff and volunteers have been dedicated to correcting and preventing miscarriages of justice. Our mandate is twofold; to identify, advocate for, and exonerate individuals convicted of a crime that they did not commit and to prevent such injustices in the future through education and reform. To this point, AIDWYC’s primary focus has been the correction of past injustices. While we have hosted conferences and accepted invitations to speak in schools and at events, we have never had a full-time staff member dedicated to fulfilling the preventative branch of our mandate.
In July 2013, Amanda Carling started as AIDWYC’s National Legal Education Counsel. In this role, Amanda is responsible for coordinating continuing legal education seminars for Crown Prosecutors, Police and the Judiciary across the country. She will also assume responsibility for the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) initiative started by AIDWYC staff last year which involves the organization of Law Society accredited educational sessions for criminal lawyers. Finally, Amanda creates materials for and delivers public legal education seminars on topics related to wrongful convictions in First Nation and other marginalized communities across the country.
We know that even after exoneration, there are many barriers faced by the wrongly convicted including but not limited to the court of public opinion and the battle for financial compensation that make it difficult for Exonerees to move on with their lives. The prevention of wrongful convictions through education is, therefore, of utmost importance. We are confident that the educational events spawned through this new initiative will save many Canadians the pain of being wrongly convicted.
The Legal Education Initiative would not be possible without the generous support of the Law Foundation of Ontario.
For more information on this Initiative or if you would like to host an educational event, please contact Amanda Carling: firstname.lastname@example.org