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, LL.B.
Access and Privacy Officer 
E288 - 105 Administration Place
Saskatoon, SK  S7N 5A2
P: (306) 966-8596
F: (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

Amelia Lowe-MullerAmelia Lowe-Muller

Amelia Lowe-Muller attended the University of Saskatchewan receiving her Juris Doctor in 2015 and a BA(Distinction) in Sociology in 2007. Amelia enjoys practicing in all areas of the law. 

After obtaining her BA in 2007, Amelia went on to work at the University of Saskatchewan in various capacities; specifically, she created and assessed retention strategies and organized Orientation for new students. Along the way, she cultivated a deep passion for volunteering and community service, serving as both a University Senator and as an Executive member of the Varsity View Community Association.

During law school, Amelia augmented her academics with experiential learning. She summered with McKercher LLP in 2013 and 2014 and also served clients in a number of capacities during her participation in the Intensive Clinical Law Program at Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City Inc. (CLASSIC).

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.