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:

Rayelle Johnston
Access and Privacy Officer
Corporate Administration
Phone: (306) 966-8596
Fax: (306) 966-8676
E-mail: rayelle.johnston@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

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Robert Affleck


Robert Affleck enjoys practice in a number of areas, with a primary focus on litigation.

In 2003, Robert earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature from Queen's
University, and continued to be employed by Queen's until entering Law School at the
University of Saskatchewan.


Robert graduated with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law
in 2011 and was called to the Bar in 2012.  He has enjoyed making Saskatoon his home.

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Chris Masich

Chris Masich maintains a general Corporate and Commercial Law practice with particular emphasis in the areas of Commercial Real Estate, Natural Resources, Corporate Finance, and Securities.

Chris obtained his Bachelor of Laws (with Distinction) in 2009 from the University of Saskatchewan.  Prior to this, he obtained his Bachelor of Commerce (with Distinction) in 2008 majoring in business finance and financial securities.  He was admitted to the Saskatchewan Bar in 2010 and joined McKercher LLP in August 2011