Cheryl Milne
Director, Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights

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 is currently the Chair of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children, Justice for Children and Youth and the Children’s Law Committee of the Canadian Bar Association.

 Contact: cheryl.milne@utoronto.ca