The Staff at ARCH
Roberto Lattanzio, Executive Director
Roberto Lattanzio is the Executive Director of ARCH Disability Law Centre. He joined ARCH as an articling student in 2003 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2004. Robert received his LL.B and B.C.L. law degrees from McGill University in 2003 with distinction, and received his B.A. from Concordia University in 1999 with honours. He has acted as 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 presented and written on topics such as equality and human rights law, administrative law, education law, legislative reform, and social science evidence. Robert has a long standing interest in disability issues and had extensive work experience with disability communities prior to attending law school.
Amanda, Information and Referral Worker
Amanda is the Information and Referral Worker here at ARCH. She has been at ARCH since 1999.
Kerri Joffe, Staff Lawyer
Kerri joined ARCH in 2007. She has been involved in disability rights litigation at various tribunals and courts, including the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Ontario Superior Court. Kerri has made law reform and policy submissions to various levels of government, legislative committees and administrative bodies. She has authored law reform reports for the Law Commission of Ontario and the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Before joining ARCH, Kerri worked at a community legal clinic providing summary legal advice on housing rights and social assistance programs.She has also worked with several human rights organizations, including Equitas and the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Kerri articled as a judicial clerk, working closely with Superior Court judges to provide legal research and analysis in constitutional, civil, criminal and family law. In 2006, Kerri completed McGill University’s joint program in law and social work and received her LL.B., B.C.L. and Master of Social Work degrees with great distinction. Before attending law school, Kerri worked with adults with mental health disabilities and children with intellectual disabilities.
Johanna Macdonald, Staff Lawyer
Johanna is the St. Michael’s Legal Services program lawyer. Prior to joining ARCH, Johanna worked in a variety of legal clinic settings. From 2009-14, Johanna was the Street Youth Legal Services Lawyer at Justice for Children and Youth, providing legal services and education with an on behalf of street involved youth. From 2007-8, Johanna worked at the Khmer Institute of Democracy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, assisting with the participation of victims in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Johanna received her LL.B. from the University of British Columbia in 2006, and her L.L.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2014. She valued her law school clinical education at both the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, and the First Nations Legal Clinic. During her L.L.M., she focused her attention on a blend of constitutional, administrative, and criminal law issues as related to access to justice and youth experiencing instability and poverty. Johanna has tailored her practice to assist individuals she works with not only by responding to their immediate legal needs, but also by seeking to maximize their safety and security within relevant legal and administrative systems. Johanna’s practice is dedicated to improving access to justice, and she is she is thrilled to be a part of ARCH’s team working as the St. Michael’s legal services program lawyer. Johanna lives in Toronto with her partner Linda, and regularly commutes for family visits to Peterborough, ON. When not working, she enjoys spending time with family and participating in outdoor athletic pursuits.
Luke Reid, Staff Lawyer
Luke obtained his J.D from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2015 after completing his articles at the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee. He also holds a B.Sc. from Guelph University and an M.S.W. from Wilfred Laurier University. Prior to attending law school, Luke was a social worker at the Orilla Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital providing counselling and discharge planning services to patients requiring ongoing physical rehabilitation. Luke first joined ARCH as a student researcher in the summer of 2012. He recently returned to ARCH as a staff lawyer practicing primarily in the areas of education law and human rights for people with disabilities requiring accommodation.
Theresa Sciberras, Program and Litigation 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 Program Assistant, Theresa supports ARCH staff, assists with the co-ordination of meetings and workshops, maintains ARCH's membership and distributes the ARCH Alert.
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.
Tess Sheldon, Staff Lawyer
Tess Sheldon has worked with ARCH Disability Law Centre in a variety of roles at different times since 2003. She has appeared before Courts and administrative tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada. She recently completed her doctorate at the University of Toronto, exploring the legal issues raised by medication administration practices in psychiatric settings. Tess was co-counsel to the Empowerment Council at the Inquest into the Death of Ashley Smith. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto (JD 2004, LLM 2008). She articled with the Ontario Human Rights Commission. She is vice-president of the Board of Directors for the Central Toronto Community Health Centres. She writes, presents and teaches extensively (including at the Faculties of Law at the University of Toronto and Lakehead University).
Karen R. Spector, Staff Lawyer
Karen was called to the bar of Ontario in 2001. She graduated from Queen’s Law School and spent a year as a visiting student at the University of British Columbia. Prior to working at ARCH, Karen maintained her own law practice focusing on human rights, mental health and constitutional law. She has appeared before trial and appellate level courts and various administrative tribunals. Karen has also worked at other legal clinics including Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto. She also worked at Justice for Children and Youth acting as co-counsel to the Empowerment Council at the inquest into the death of Ashley Smith. She has worked on a number of significant cases involving disability rights and most recently represented the Mental Health Legal Committee in its intervention before the Ontario Court of Appeal in P.S. v. Ontario.
Yangtzee Tamang, Operations and Litigation Assistant
Yangtzee Tamang 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.
Rosa Tavares, Program Assistant
Rosa joined ARCH in January 2015 on contract to work with the Onsite lawyer, Johanna Macdonald, on the logistics of the ARCH and Legal Partnership project with St. Michael’s Hospital Family Health Team – Health Justice Initiative Program. In August 2015, she started as the Onsite Program Assistant at the Family Health Team. She has worked in the community legal clinic system since 1988 at Kensington-Bellwoods Community Legal Services supporting the staff and clinic work. Rosa has also worked on contract at other legal clinics, ACTO and CLEO, to fulfill her desire to learn and expand on her skills.
Doreen Way, Office Manager
Doreen Way first joined the community legal clinic system in 1987 working 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 (TSSA). 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 inter-clinic activities including the Knowledge Management group and the TSSA.
Dianne Wintermute, Staff Lawyer
Dianne joined ARCH permanently in July 2009, having worked here on a two year secondment from 2003 – 2007. Dianne was called to the bar in 1986. She brings an extensive community legal clinic background to ARCH. She was the Executive Director of East Toronto Community Legal Services from 1991 – 2009. In that capacity, Dianne’s work focused in legal areas that included constitutional litigation, human rights, income maintenance, criminal injuries compensation and immigration and mental health law. She has been active in casework and representation, community development, public legal education and systemic reform activities. Dianne holds a certificate from Algoma University in Community Development. Dianne has extensive litigation experience. She has represented individuals and disability organizations at various tribunals and all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, in cases involving the advancement of the rights of people with disabilities and people living in poverty.
Yedida Zalik, Staff Lawyer
Yedida Zalik joined ARCH in 2012, working on an outreach project that led to several new partnerships, including the Health Justice Initiative. Her work has included coordinating ARCH’s clear language revisions to legal materials for former residents of the Huronia, Rideau and Southwestern Regional Centres. Yedida has provided direct legal services, community legal education and needs assessments for several community and specialty legal clinics. Her combined LL.B./Master of Social Work research at the University of Toronto involved working with street involved youth to develop participatory legal service models. Yedida has also worked as an English as a Second Language instructor and as a UNHCR refugee resettlement consultant.