Zahra Taseer appointed to OJEN Board, Neha Chugh reappointed to LCO Board of Governors

They are appointed as representatives of the Law Foundation of Ontario

Zahra Taseer appointed to OJEN Board, Neha Chugh reappointed to LCO Board of Governors
Zahra Taseer and Neha Chugh

The Law Foundation of Ontario has announced the appointment of Zahra Taseer to the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) Board of Directors and the reappointment of Neha Chugh to the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) Board of Governors.

Zahra Taseer joined the OJEN Board in April, replacing Paul Jonathan Saguil, whose second and final term concluded in February. OJEN, a not-for-profit charitable organization, introduces young people to the justice system through educational tools, helping them understand the law and manage legal problems in their lives.

Taseer, a family law lawyer, mediator, and arbitrator, is a partner at Laurel Family Law LLP and a panel lawyer for Legal Aid Ontario and the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. She also serves as an accredited mediator for the Ontario Association of Family Mediators and Mediate393.

Taseer holds a master's degree in law from the University of Toronto, a law degree from the University of Ottawa, and a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University. She was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2004 and the Ontario Bar in 2009. With extensive experience on boards and in nonprofit work internationally and within Canada, she also serves on the National Steering Committee of the National Association of Women and the Law. Taseer is an executive member of the Family Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association and a member of various regional legal associations.

Meanwhile, Neha Chugh will continue her service as the Foundation's representative on the LCO Board of Governors. She has held the role since January 2021. The LCO provides independent and balanced advice on legal policy issues to promote access to justice and evidence-based legislation.

A practicing lawyer in Eastern Ontario, Chugh earned her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and is pursuing a PhD in Sociology at Concordia University. She also holds a bachelor of social work from the University of Waterloo and a master's in planning from the University of Guelph.

Chugh founded Chugh Law Professional Corporation in Cornwall, Ontario, in 2014, focusing on addressing access to justice in the community. In addition to her practice, she served as a prosecutor for the Akwesasne Court and was elected bencher of the Law Society of Ontario in 2023.

As a founding partner of LCO and OJEN, the Law Foundation of Ontario is entitled to appoint a representative to serve on each organization’s governing body. Representatives act independently of the Foundation while helping to keep its complementary organizations connected.

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