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LEAF executive director to step down

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 4:10 PM | By John Chunn


The Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) announced on Nov. 11 that Megan Stephens has resigned from her position as executive director and general counsel.

According to LEAF’s press release, Stephens has informed the organization that she has missed being directly involved in litigation and would like to take her career in a direction that will allow her to spend more time in the courtroom advocating for the rights of the vulnerable and marginalized.

The press release notes that during the past 18 months, Stephens’ leadership has had a significant impact on LEAF’s work in litigation, law reform and public education. She spearheaded LEAF’s work on several groundbreaking interventions including Fraser v. Canada (Attorney General) and R. v. Slatter, and acted as counsel in LEAF’s intervention in R. v. Sullivan/R. v. Chan. She solidified LEAF’s community relationships and partnerships and was instrumental in developing LEAF’s new strategic plan, which charts its goals and priorities over the next five years.

In the coming weeks, the board will launch its search for a new executive director and general counsel to take over from Stephens and lead LEAF into the future. Stephens will remain in her position into the new year and is committed to supporting LEAF’s continuing operations and ensuring a smooth transition to her successor.