Our Staff

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 Schreier

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 in Human Rights Law 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, second edition 2023). 

Vlad Mirel

Vlad is an Asper Centre Summer Research Assistant and a 1L JD candidate at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law. He is the current co-president of U of T’s Competition Law Group and a student volunteer with Pro Bono Students Canada. Prior to law school, Vlad graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in Political Science and Economics.

Kate Shackleton

Kate is a Summer Research Assistant at the Asper Centre and a JD candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. During her 1L year, she served as an Associate Editor for the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review and was a member of the Asper Centre’s Bail Reform Working Group. Before attending law school, Kate obtained her BA from the University of Toronto in History, Classics, and Canadian Studies.