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Stephens named new executive director, general counsel for LEAF

Monday, April 08, 2019 @ 1:48 PM | By John Chunn

Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) announced on April 4 that Megan Stephens has accepted the position of executive director and general counsel, replacing Shaun O’Brien, who was appointed to the Superior Court of Ontario on Jan. 31, 2019.

Stephens holds a master’s in sociology and law degrees from McGill and Columbia.

According to LEAF’s press release, Stephens has been a member of the Ontario bar since 2003 and is fluently bilingual. She clerked for Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada, and has extensive litigation experience as a Crown prosecutor with special expertise in cases involving sex work, human trafficking and sexual assault.

She was a member of the Joint Working Group on Violence Against Aboriginal Women and Girls, co-chaired the Crown Law Office-Criminal’s internal education committee and coached lawyers to present cases to the Supreme Court of Canada through the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute.

For the past 18 months, Stephens has been seconded as commission counsel to the Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-term Care Home System, where she has been responsible for managing a team of five lawyers and law students in all aspects of the commission’s work.

Stephens will take up her new duties on June 1, 2019.