Cheryl Milne, Executive Director
Cheryl Milne is the Executive Director of the Asper Centre, and teaches a clinical course in constitutional advocacy, and Children, Youth and the Law at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. Prior to coming to the Centre, Ms. Milne was a legal advocate for children with the legal clinic Justice for Children and Youth where she led the clinic’s Charter litigation. She was the Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights section, and the Chair of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children and Justice Children and Youth. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the National Association for Women and the Law (NAWL) and the Child and Youth Law Section Executive of the Canadian Bar Association. In 2018 she received the Law Society Medal from the Law Society of Ontario for her contributions to the profession through her child rights advocacy and legal education.
Tal is the Asper Centre’s Program Coordinator, responsible for the Centre’s events, community outreach, advocacy, and overseeing the Asper Centre’s student researchers and student working groups. Tal holds a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School and an LLM from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Prior to the Asper Centre, Tal served as the first Legal Coordinator for the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program & Lifeline Syria. From 2002 until 2014, Tal worked at the University of Cape Town (UCT) Refugee Rights Unit, where she managed its UNHCR-funded refugee legal aid clinic, convened and led training programs on refugee rights for government officials, police, social workers, and community members, taught refugee law to law students and led research projects, including co-editing and co-writing South Africa’s first textbook on refugee law, titled Refugee Law in South Africa (Juta: 2014).
Marisa is a Research Assistant for the “Charter: A Course” podcast. She is in her second year at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and summered at the Ministry of the Attorney General in the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines through the Aboriginal Law Summer Student Program. Prior to law school, Marisa received her Master’s in Rhetoric and Communication Design, and her Bachelor of Arts and Business with a psychology major and English minor from the University of Waterloo.