Adjunct Moot Advisor

Megan Schwartzentruber received her Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Sociology and Criminology as part of the Scholar’s Electives Program from the University of Western Ontario in 2006. Ms. Schwartzentruber went on to attend Osgoode Hall Law School from 2006 to 2009, during which time she was an active member of Osgoode Hall’s Women’s Caucus, serving as co-chair from 2007-2008.

Ms. Schwartzentruber joined Cooper, Sandler, & Shime LLP as an articling student in August, 2009 and became an associate lawyer with the firm as of June 16th, 2010. Since then, Ms. Schwartzentruber has assisted in the representation of clients before all levels of courts, including the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada, on a variety of criminal and quasi-criminal charges relating to fraud, theft, robbery, break and enter, impaired driving and over 80, driving offences, sexual assault, assault, criminal harassment, weapons charges, breaches of conditional sentences and long-term offender supervision orders and offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. She has also assisted clients charged under regulatory statutes including the Income Tax Act, the Highway Traffic Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Police Services Act. She regularly represents clients with mental health issues and young persons and is a member of the Legal Aid Ontario Gladue Panel representing Aboriginal clients.  Ms. Schwartzentruber has a special interest in representing individuals seeking the removal of information from police reference and vulnerable sector checks, an issue on which she has also presented.

In addition, Ms. Schwartzentruber has occasionally acted as a per diem Assistant Crown Attorney since January, 2012.  She has been a Pro Bono Students Canada supervising lawyer since the 2012-2013 academic year for students at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School.  She has also authored and co-authored papers on various legal issues for the Ontario Bar Association and the Criminal Lawyers Association. Email: mschwartzentruber@criminal-lawyers.ca