Director, Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights

Cheryl Milne was called to the Ontario Bar in 1987 and completed her M.S.W. at the University of Toronto in 1991.  From 1991 to 2008, she practised law at Justice for Children and Youth.  In this capacity, Cheryl appeared at all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as various administrative tribunals and the clinic itself in interventions and applications.  Cheryl has been involved in many significant Charter cases involving the rights of young people under the age of 18.  She was counsel for the clinic in its constitutional challenge to section 43 of the Criminal Code (the "corporal punishment case"), and in the D.B. case involving the constitutionality of the adult sentencing provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. As the Executive Director of the Asper Centre, Cheryl has led the Centre’s interventions at the Supreme Court, acting as counsel in R. v. Conway, Alberta v. Caron, as well as the Polygamy Reference case at the British Columbia Supreme Court, among others. Contact: cheryl.milne@utoronto.ca