Sojourner-Campbell Family Legal Visionary Award

Tomee Sojourner and Njeri Campbell

Njeri Damali Sojourner-Campbell, JD, M.Ed (Osgoode, 2014) is currently a practicing labour, employment and human rights lawyer at Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP in Toronto, Ontario.  Upon graduation, she founded UJIMA Mentorship Circle for Black femme law students and legal professionals. Her wife, Tomee Elizabeth Sojourner-Campbell, B.A. (Hons), M.A., attended Osgoode’s LLM research program with a concentration in human rights and consumer racial profiling. Tomee is also Managing Director of Tomee Sojourner Consulting Inc., an advisory, learning and development firm specializing in anti-racism, equity, inclusion and organizational development. At their wedding reception held in August 2017 at Osgoode, the couple committed to supporting the continuation of equitable learning for marginalized law students to pursue their full potential and build an emancipatory vision of the legal system and the profession. This award is intended to offer an Afro-Indigenous, Indigenous or Black law student financial support to assist them in completing their legal education.

The Sojourner-Campbell’s believe legal professionals must envision a transformative legal system that meets the needs of the most marginalized communities on Turtle Island (Canada). To that end, applicants are invited to submit a one-page critical reflection statement outlining how they intend to marshall their legal education to better equip them to create the legal system they desire. They must also have demonstrated work or voluntary experience supporting Afro-Indigenous, Indigenous and/or Black communities. Preference will be given to individuals who self-identify as Afro-Indigenous or Indigenous. The student must have been admitted or currently registered in the JD Program in good academic standing.

By applying for this award, students are consenting to have their critical reflection statement shared with the donors.