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Roberto Lattanzio, Executive Director

Roberto Lattanzio is the Executive Director of ARCH Disability Law Centre. Robert has been Executive Director since 2015, and first joined ARCH in 2003. He has acted as legal counsel in test case litigation at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and has made law reform submissions to various levels of government, committees, and administrative bodies. Robert has been appointed to numerous advisory committees, and has written and guest-lectured on diverse topics including equality and human rights law, administrative law, education law, capacity and supported decision making, disability rights, legislative reform, and social science evidence. He also has delivered extensive rights education training to our communities of persons with disabilities and continuing legal education to the legal profession. Robert received his LL.B and B.C.L. law degrees with distinction from McGill University in 2003. Robert has a long standing interest in disability rights and social justice, with extensive work and volunteer experience within disability communities and other equity seeking communities.

Amanda, Intake Coordinator and Rights Worker

Amanda is the Intake Coordinator and Rights Worker at ARCH. She has been with ARCH since 1999 in various intake related positions including the position of Community Legal Worker.

Dianne Wintermute, Staff Lawyer 

Dianne Wintermute was called to the bar in 1986. Her practice focuses on advancing disability rights and eliminating poverty for persons with disabilities, using a human rights lens. She joined ARCH in 2009, bringing considerable experience in community legal clinic practice with her. She has prepared written law reform briefs and given oral submissions to government and other bodies. She has provided extensive public legal education to disability communities and continuing legal education to the profession on issues affecting persons with disabilities. Dianne has represented persons with disabilities, or organizations that support them, before various tribunals and courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Doreen Way, Office Manager

Doreen first joined the community legal clinic system in 1987 and worked at Justice for Children and Youth until 2000. During that time, Doreen was active on several inter-clinic committees and co-founded the Toronto Support Staff Association. In February 2000, she left the clinic system to join the team at the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation where she worked on their capital campaign. In February 2002, she returned to the clinic system and joined the ARCH team as Office Manager. Doreen continues to be involved in several inter-clinic committees and is also involved with several organizations in a volunteer capacity.

Gabriel Reznick, Staff Lawyer

Gabriel joined ARCH in August 2019, after being called to the Bar of Ontario in January of that year. Following completion of undergraduate and master’s degrees in political science, he attended law school at Queen Mary University of London, in the UK. After returning to Canada, Gabriel obtained Master of Law from Osgoode Hall Law School. Gabriel articled at Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario (IAVGO), a community legal clinic that specializes in workplace compensation. Gabriel has appeared before the Superior Court of Justice, Small Claim’s Court and has written submissions to the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT).

Jessica De Marinis, Staff Lawyer

Jessica joined ARCH in August 2017. Prior to working at ARCH, she practiced employment and human rights law in Hamilton, ON. Jessica has appeared before various courts and administrative tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, and the Ontario Superior Court. She practices primarily in the area of human rights law for persons with disabilities.

Kerri Joffe, Staff Lawyer

Kerri is a human rights lawyer at ARCH Disability Law Centre. She has been involved in disability rights litigation at various tribunals and courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Kerri has presented law reform and policy submissions about disability law issues to legislative committees, governments, administrative bodies and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She has authored law reform reports for the Law Commission of Ontario, the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Government of Canada. Kerri has delivered extensive public legal education to diverse disability communities, and has guest lectured on disability rights issues. Before joining ARCH, Kerri worked on housing rights, social assistance programs, immigration and refugee issues, human trafficking, and as a law clerk to Superior Court judges. Kerri holds degrees in law and social work from McGill University.

Lila Refaie, Bilingual Intake Lawyer and Student Programs Lead

Lila was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2012. She articled in the Prescott-Russell community legal clinic, in Hawkesbury, ON. After she was called to the Bar, she briefly practiced family law and immigration law in Ottawa. In March 2013, she returned to the Prescott-Russell community legal clinic as staff lawyer, where she primarily practiced tenant law and social assistance law. In mid-July 2017, she joined ARCH Disability Law Centre as a contract staff lawyer.

Mariam Shanouda, Staff Lawyer

Mariam was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2014. She completed her articles at a civil litigation firm specializing in employment law, where she stayed on as an Associate after being called to the Bar. She has appeared in Small Claims Court and the Superior Court of Justice on a variety of matters and has represented clients at mediations, settlement negotiations and during various court proceedings. Mariam is currently a Member-At-Large of the Ontario Bar Association’s Equality Committee which is charged to examine and recommend ways in which Ontario’s legal institutions can serve the needs of minorities.  Mariam’s keen interest in disability rights brought her to ARCH in 2015, where she is currently a staff lawyer. She practices primarily in the area of human rights for people with disabilities.     

Mary Hanson, Librarian

Mary joined ARCH in 2011. She has worked as a reference and technical services librarian in academic, health, legislative and nonprofit institutions, and as an editor with IHS/Micromedia.

Rachel Weiner, Staff Lawyer

Rachel joined ARCH in July 2019 as a contract research project lawyer, working on the Meaningful Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Regulation Making Project. Rachel contributed to this project part-time while completing a research-based Master of Laws program, studying access to justice and accommodations in administrative tribunal processes. Prior to joining ARCH, Rachel worked at IAVGO Community Legal Clinic, where she practised workers’ compensation and human rights law and co-supervised the law student program, Advocates for Injured Workers. Rachel was called to the bar in June 2014, she holds a law degree from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law and a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School, and she clerked for a justice of the Federal Court. She is dedicated to advancing the rights of persons with disabilities in her legal practice, as well as mentorship of law students who face barriers to entering the profession.

Sue Hutton, Respecting Rights Coordinator

Sue coordinates Respecting Rights, a rights education initiative led by people with disabilities. Sue has been working with Respecting Rights since it’s inception in 2010. Sue brought her 25 + years of expertise and insights as a developmental services social worker to the Respecting Rights team and helped self-advocates and lawyers organize the community as it developed. In developmental services Sue facilitated self-advocacy work, and developed and delivered rights trainings within the agency setting. Sue formally joined the team as an ARCH staff in 2019. Sue coordinates Respecting Rights and supports other community organizing initiatives at ARCH. Sue infuses the work with Respecting Rights with arts-based activities and interactive role play. Sue has also co-authored a number of academic articles with self-advocates and is a firm believer in inclusive research practices.

Theresa Sciberras, Operations, Program and Administrative Assistant

Theresa joined ARCH in August 2002. She has worked in the non-profit sector for several years, focussing her efforts towards assisting persons with disabilities and the organizations that support them. As Operations, Program and Administrative Assistant, Theresa supports ARCH staff, assists with the co-ordination of meetings and workshops, maintains ARCH’s membership and distributes the ARCH Alert.

Yangtzee Tamang, Litigation Assistant

Yangtzee joined ARCH in April 2007. Prior to joining ARCH, she worked with the Ministry of Government Services as an intern under the internationally trained professional internship program in the capacity of Accessibility Support Analyst. Before that, she worked with the United Nations Development Program and the United Nations Volunteers in Nepal and Germany and the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Last Modified: June 3, 2021

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