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Natasha Bakht

Natasha Bakht is an associate professor at the University of Ottawa’s faculty of law. She was called to the bar of Ontario in 2003 and clerked with Madam Justice Louise Arbour at the Supreme Court of Canada. Natasha served on LEAF’s legal committee from 2005-2009. She teaches in the areas of criminal law, family law and multiculturalism. Her research interests are generally in the area of law, culture and minority rights and specifically in the intersecting area of religious freedom and women’s equality.

Joanna Birenbaum

Joanna Birebaum is Director of Litigation with LEAF and has over 10 years of diverse litigation and human rights advocacy experience. Joanna was called to the bar in 1998; completed her LLB at the University of Toronto and has a BA in philosophy and English literature also from U of T. She has appeared before the United Nations treaty monitoring bodies, legislative standing committees to advance the rights of Aboriginal peoples.

Suzanne Bouclin

Suzanne Bouclin is a lawyer and a PhD Candidate at McGill University. Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, she articled in Toronto for a feminist constitutional litigation firm with LEAF national and Legal Committee's co-founding mothers. She has worked as Executive Director, Programs' Director and Researcher for several national non-profit organizations working to substantive equality. She is interested in women and the law in prison films and has recently authoured “Women in Prison Movies as Feminist Jurisprudence.” She also holds a master's degree in feminist studies.

Kim Brooks

Kim Brooks is an associate professor and the H. Heward Stikeman Chair in the Law of Taxation at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. She served as the Chair of LEAF’s board from 2006 – 2009 and has also served on LEAF’s legal committee. Kim teaches and researches in the areas of taxation law and economic justice.

Doris Buss

Doris Buss is Associate Professor of Law (LL.B. LL.M) at Carleton University in Ottawa, where she teaches and researches in the areas of international human rights, feminist theory and global social movements. She has been called to the bars in Nova Scotia and Alberta. Doris has authored several publications and books. She is currently working on a project researching international war crimes prosecutions and the construction of racial, ethnic and gender identities. Doris is currently Chair of the LEAF National Board.

Audrey M. Johnson

Audrey M. Johnson is the Executive Director of LEAF. Audrey has been active in women's organizations and causes for 15 years working on issues of women’s poverty, women’s participation in the electoral process, funding for social programs, violence against women and access to justice. Audrey holds a double major B.A. from the University of Calgary, an M.B.A. from Royal Roads University and an LL.M from Osgoode Hall, York University.

Carissima Mathen

Carissima Mathen is Associate Professor of Law at the University of New Brunswick, where she teaches constitutional and criminal law. Professor Mathen holds a B.A. from McGill University, LL.B. from Osgoode Hall (York), and LL.M. from Columbia Law School. Prior to teaching, she was the Counsel/Director of Litigation for LEAF, managing its interventions in appellate courts and the Supreme Court of Canada. She has published numerous articles. She currently chairs LEAF’s Law Program Committee. Professor Mathen's current research is focussed on freedom of religion; access to justice; and aboriginal rights.

Joanna Radbord

Joanna Radbord practices in the areas of family law and constitutional litigation with Martha McCarthy & Company in Toronto, winning equal marriage for same-sex couples and immediate recognition for lesbian parents on their children's birth registrations. She has acted for LEAF in the cases of Boston, D.B.S., Rick, and Withler. Joanna was the winner of the 2008 Canadian Bar Association Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference Hero Award, for exceptional contributions to the cause of GLBT equality in law.

Roberta Robb

Roberta Edgecombe Robb is Professor Emeritus (Economics) at Brock University and a current member of the Board of Directors of LEAF. Her area of expertise is the economics of women in the labour market, with a focus on policy. Her publications include work on earnings discrimination by gender, pay equity, employment equity, the impact of free trade on women, and issues of overtime. She has been Chair of the Economics Department, Director of the Centre for Women’s Studies, President of the Faculty Association and a Member of Senate at Brock University.

Lisa Taylor

Lisa Taylor is a lawyer, broadcaster and journalism educator. While employed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, she created, hosted and produced two highly acclaimed current affairs series that explored contemporary Canadian legal issues. One of those series, The Docket, was nominated for a Gemini Award in 2004. Lisa previously worked as a litigation lawyer; currently, she teaches broadcast journalism and is completing an LLM thesis which explores restrictions on sexual assault complainants' rights under section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms. Her background as a lawyer, legal scholar and journalist gives her a unique perspective on legal issues that make headlines and generate public debate.

Bevin Cate Worton

Bevin Cate Worton is a member of the LEAF Board of Directors and the chair of the LEAF Education Programming Committee. She is a second generation LEAF activist and has been involved with LEAF branches across the country. A member of the law societies of Alberta and Upper Canada, Bevin has an LLM specializing in labour and employment law and currently works as counsel in the area of dispute prevention and resolution.