Who We Are

paul eluchokPaul Eluchok, BA, LLB

University Legal Counsel

Since January 2018, Paul Eluchok has acted as Legal Counsel at Western, advising the University on a broad range of issues, including procurement, IP, litigation, governance, student affairs and corporate matters. From 2013-2017, Paul worked in the University Secretariat's Office on a variety of legal, privacy and access to information matters.

Prior to working at Western, Paul worked at a local law firm practicing in real estate, estates, and corporate/commercial law. He is a member of the Canadian Association of University Solicitors, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and the COU Legal Counsel group.

Paul received his BA from Western and his law degree from Queen's University and was called to the Ontario bar in 2006.



Ben Leschied, BA, LLB, LLM

Associate University Legal Counsel (Contracts)


Photo and Bio to come - stay tuned!




Emely Meléndez Rodríguez, BA, Hons, JD, LL.L

Associate University Legal Counsel (Privacy)


Photo and Bio to come - stay tuned!



Amy Van Damme

Legal Assistant

Amy joined Western University in August 2018. In addition to assisting the University Legal Counsel team, her main duties include facilitating the implementation of student placement affiliation agreements for multiple Schools across campus, handling legal invoices for Western, and processing third-party requests for student academic files. Amy also provided administrative assistance to the Provost’s Ad Hoc Committee that developed and implemented Western’s Freedom of Expression Policy in Fall 2018. Since January 2019, Amy has also acted as Administrative Assistant to Western’s Technology Risk Assessment (TRA) Committee. 

Prior to joining Western, Amy worked for 7 years at a private law firm, primarily in the area of Plaintiff Personal Injury Law (both Tort and SABS). She also worked in the areas of Bankruptcy/Insolvency and Commercial Litigation, and was appointed to maintain the firm’s Indian Residential School IAP claim files. Amy obtained her Diploma in the Law Clerk program from Fanshawe College in 2012.