Megan Schwartzentruber received her Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Sociology and Criminology as part of the Scholar’s Electives Program from the University of Western Ontario in 2006. Ms. Schwartzentruber went on to attend Osgoode Hall Law School from 2006 to 2009, during which time she was an active member of Osgoode Hall’s Women’s Caucus, serving as co-chair from 2007-2008.
Ms. Schwartzentruber joined Cooper, Sandler, & Shime LLP as an articling student in August, 2009 and became an associate lawyer with the firm as of June 16th, 2010. Since then, Ms. Schwartzentruber has assisted in the representation of clients before all levels of courts, including the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada, on a variety of criminal and quasi-criminal charges relating to fraud, theft, robbery, break and enter, impaired driving and over 80, driving offences, sexual assault, assault, criminal harassment, weapons charges, breaches of conditional sentences and long-term offender supervision orders and offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. She has also assisted clients charged under regulatory statutes including the Income Tax Act, the Highway Traffic Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Police Services Act. She regularly represents clients with mental health issues and young persons and is a member of the Legal Aid Ontario Gladue Panel representing indigenous clients. Ms. Schwartzentruber has also represented several individuals seeking the removal of information from police reference and vulnerable sector checks, an issue on which she has also presented. She has also occasionally acted as a per diem Assistant Crown Attorney.
In addition, Ms. Schwartzentruber regularly volunteers in the legal community. She is currently serving on the Women’s Committee of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Ms. Schwartzentruber has co-coached the University of Toronto Faculty of Law’s mooting team for the Arnup and Sopinka Cup competitions since 2015 where the team has competed at the provincial and national levels. She is also involved in access to justice initiatives, including with Pro Bono Students Canada with whom she has been a supervising lawyer since 2012 for students from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School. Ms. Schwartzentruber has been asked to speak on a number of criminal-law related issues, including most recently at the 2017 CLA recent call conference.
J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School, 2009
Law Society of Ontario
Canadian Bar Association
Ontario Bar Association
Criminal Lawyers’ Association