Every year Innocence Canada is grateful for the team of law students who assist in our important work. Our students create materials for and deliver public legal education, conduct research and assist with case work. While dedicated students greatly increase our capacity as an organization, it is a huge undertaking to supervise students. As such, we are only able to accept a small number of student volunteers at certain times of the year. If you are interested in volunteering during the academic year, please visit our Volunteer page for application information.
Innocence Canada is able to hire one articling student per year through the Law Foundation of Ontario’s Public Interest Articling Fellowship Program. Note that Innocence Canada follows the Toronto articling recruit timeline and guidelines as set out by the Law Society of Ontario.
Our 2018-2019 articling student is Christopher Nagel
Chris Nagel completed law school at the University of Ottawa. He has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University, where he majored in Criminology and Criminal Justice, with a concentration in Law. During his time in law school, Chris worked as a case worker for the University’s Conviction Review Project, which sparked his drive for exonerating those who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes and preventing future injustices. Chris also gained leadership experience serving as President of the Criminal Law Students’ Association.
Throughout his academic studies, Chris worked at several law firms, gaining experience in criminal, civil and family law matters. He has a passion for criminal law, including a particular interest in Charter issues and criminal matters involving youth. In his spare time, Chris enjoys playing sports and coaching youth recreational basketball. Chris is excited to be a part of the Innocence Canada team, and looks forward to working with such a highly reputable organization.
For the last few summers, we have had summer students who have done incredible work. While Innocence Canada does not have the resources to employ summer students, many law schools in Canada have fellowship programs that give students funding or academic credit for their work at Innocence Canada.
The application period for 2019 law student summer fellowship positions with Innocence Canada is currently open. Interested law students should check their Career Services employment portal. If you have questions about the 2019 fellowship, please contact Stéphanie Nowak, Director of Education.
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Here is what some of our students had to say about their experience at Innocence Canada.
During the summer of 2018, I worked as a volunteer fellow for Innocence Canada. I spent much of the summer working on creating public education modules on topics such as false confessions, criminal profiling, bad character evidence, and others. I also worked on a case file, analyzing court documents and pursuing more legal documents so as to move the case forward. To put it succinctly, my position at Innocence Canada allowed me to study and contribute to the areas of criminal law I am deeply passionate about for four months.
I cannot overstate how friendly, welcoming, and collaborative the work environment of Innocence Canada is. Despite the stressful nature of innocence work, there was never an air of frustration. The supervisors placed enormous trust and independence in myself and my fellow summer colleagues, and I always felt as though I could come to them with any issue or question. It was a remarkable experience in loving coming to work each day, and meaningfully contributing to a noble cause.
– Ethan Radomski (Summer Fellow, Osgoode Hall, York University)
Articling at Innocence Canada has brought me into contact with amazing people including our exonerees and current clients who inspire us all to keep trying, and our dedicated and talented team who passionately advocate for those who are wrongly convicted. Part of my work at Innocence Canada has involved educational outreach programs and has provided me with the opportunity to interact with students and others in the community. One young student beautifully defined exoneration as being able “to live free from accusation.” As I leave Innocence Canada to pursue new challenges, I remain committed to supporting wrongly convicted persons as they pursue this freedom from accusation and am grateful for the opportunity that I had to be a part of the important work done at Innocence Canada.
– Marie Teeple (Articling Student, Western University)