University of Saskatchewan

Corporate Administration

Legal Services

Doug Richardson, Q.C. of the firm McKercher LLP is the University Solicitor. Since 1974 the University Solicitor has been a member of the McKercher firm and during this time, a highly qualified and diverse University practise group has been developed to handle the large array of legal services required by the University.  The University practise group also includes the Secondment Service, currently provided by two lawyers who work on rotation on campus Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

A request to access the services of the University lawyers should be made when legal advice or services are needed to protect the interests of the University.  In the course of your work for the University, you may need to obtain advice from the University lawyers as to the University's legal obligations.  Normally, it is desirable for legal advice to be obtained at an early date, i.e. as legal disputes are emerging.

To access the services of the University lawyers, please contact:

Adrienne Bedrich-Panchuk, B.A., J.D.
Access and Privacy Assistant (Term until DEC/15) 
E288 - 105 Administration Place
Saskatoon, SK  S7N 5A2
P: (306) 966-8596
F: (306) 966-8676
E-mail: a.bedrich-panchuk@usask.ca

When the necessary legal services can be provided through the secondment service, the file will be scheduled for attention and any required appointments with the secondment service lawyer on campus will be arranged.  All of the e-mail and other communications on the file with the secondment service lawyer must occur during the scheduled secondment service time.  Communications outside of the schedule secondment service time must be directed to the Operations Officer who will provide them to the secondment service lawyer at the time scheduled for the file to be given attention.

NOTE: Communications that are made directly with the University lawyers outside the secondment service time scheduled for the file can result in billings on a fee-for-service basis.  Departments and units requesting the legal services will be asked to provide an account number to pay any extra billings.

McKercher (www.mckercher.ca)
Secondment Lawyers

Robert J. AffleckRobert Affleck

Robert “Bob” enjoys practice in a number of areas, with a primary focus on litigation. Bob focuses on civil and commercial litigation, advising and representing small and large businesses in a variety of matters, including labour and employment issues, debtor issues, lease disputes, as well as other legal claims. He also has experience advising commercial clients on protecting their reputation and brand in the context of social media, and global communications.

Bob graduated with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law as well as started articling with McKercher in 2011. Bob was shortly after called to the Bar and became an associate at McKercher in 2012. He was the recipient of the Law Society of Award of Distinction for Top Marks in the 2011-2012 Saskatchewan CPLED Bar Admissions Program.  Bob is a Board member of the Saskatchewan Kidney Foundation and has enjoyed making Saskatoon his home.

Brett J. CavanaughBrett J. Cavanaugh

Born and raised in Saskatoon, Brett Cavanaugh obtained a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Saskatchewan, a double major in Finance and Marketing and was elected Class Valedictorian. At the age of 21, he co-founded a Saskatoon marketing firm still in business today. He attained a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Victoria where he graduated early and was chosen for student government and the board of the law journal.

A commendation from the University of Victoria led to Brett being named a Japanese Government Scholar and he received his Master of Laws in International Economic and Business Law and a Graduate Diploma in European Union Studies at Kyushu University amongst a cohort of lawyers and judges from around the world. Brett was then fortunate to article with McKercher LLP under Greg Thompson, QC before being called to the Bar and becoming an associate in 2012.