Episode 67: Defining Access to Justice

Access to Justice – Aug 2023

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Episode 67: Defining Access to Justice
Broadcast Date: August 24, 2023


In this episode, host Daniel Escott is joined by Trevor C.W. Farrow, a renowned access to justice researcher and incoming Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School, for a discussion on the pre-, during, and post-pandemic views of traditional access to justice. Dean Farrow provides a wealth of information on the problems that arise from a lack of access to justice, and discusses what meaningful access to justice looks like in the modern, post-pandemic period.

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Trevor C.W. Farrow, AB (Princeton), BA/MA (Oxford), LLB (Dalhousie), LLM (Harvard), PhD (Alberta), is a Professor and the incoming Dean at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is the Chair of the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice and was the founding Academic Director of the Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution and former Director of the York Centre for Public Policy and Law. Professor Farrow’s teaching and research focus on the administration of justice. His scholarship is published in Canada and around the world. Professor Farrow was formerly a litigation lawyer in Toronto and has received teaching awards from Harvard University and Osgoode Hall Law School.


  • Daniel J. Escott, Judicial Law Clerk, Federal Court; Researcher & Chair of the CIAJ National Student Committee, CIAJ

Daniel is a lawyer called to the bar in Ontario in 2023, and serves as a Researcher for the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ) with a focus on digitization and legal process design. He also sits as Chair of the CIAJ National Student Committee. Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Daniel has a keen interest in access to justice and the use of technology in law.

During his legal studies, Daniel joined the CIAJ’s National Student Committee as a member in 2020. Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, he volunteered with and was eventually elected to the Board of Directors for the National Canadian Lawyers’ Initiative, providing and supporting pro bono legal research and services through the use of remote access and digital communication technologies. Daniel also helped coordinate the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law’s community tax clinic.

Before law school, Daniel worked in Ottawa as the Digital and Social Media Lead for Canada’s Minister of Science and Sport. He served five years with the Royal Canadian Air Force, retiring as a Lieutenant in 2018. Daniel received his law degree from the University of New Brunswick in 2022, and an undergraduate degree in business administration from the Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2018.

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