Cheryl Milne, Executive Director
Cheryl Milne was called to the Ontario Bar in 1987 and completed an MSW at the University of Toronto in 1991. Prior to coming to the Centre, Ms Milne was a legal advocate for children with the legal clinic Justice for Children and Youth. There she led the clinic’s Charter litigation including the challenge to the corporal punishment defence in the Criminal Code [ Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law v. Canada (2004)], the striking down of the reverse onus sections of the Youth Criminal Justice Act for adult sentencing [ R. v. D.B. (2008)], and an intervention involving the right of a capable adolescent to consent to her own medical treatment ( A.C. v. Manitoba Child and Family Services (2009)]. She has represented the Asper Centre in R. v. Conway the Polygamy Reference case and most recently in appeals pertaining to jury vetting and jury representation. She is a Past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights section and teaches a clinical course in constitutional advocacy at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. Ms Milne is a member of the Steering Committee of the National Association for Women and the Law (NAWL) and the Children’s Law Committee of the Canadian Bar Association. She was the Chair of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children and Justice for Children and Youth until recently. She currently serves on the Mature Minors Expert Panel for the Medical Assistance in Dying project of the Council of Canadian Academies and has recently been cross-appointed to the Child and Family Services Review Board and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.
Tal is the Asper Centre’s Program Coordinator, responsible for the Centre’s events, community outreach, communications, and overseeing the Asper Centre’s student working groups. Tal holds a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School and an LLM from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Prior to coming to the Asper Centre, Tal served as the first Toronto Legal Coordinator for the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program and Lifeline Syria. From 2003 until 2014, Tal worked at the University of Cape Town Refugee Rights Unit, where she helped manage its UNHCR-funded legal aid clinic that provides advice and legal representation to refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants as well as leading training programs on refugee rights to government officials, police officers, social workers, community members and other stakeholders. Tal also managed all advocacy and research projects for the Refugee Rights Unit, including co-editing and writing South Africa’s first textbook on refugee law, titled Refugee Law in South Africa (Juta: 2014).
Ryan is currently the Asper Centre’s work-study student. He is a 1L JD Candidate at the Faculty of Law.