Who We Are
Paul 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)
Bio to come - stay tuned!
Emely Meléndez Rodríguez, BA, Hons, JD, LL.L
Associate University Legal Counsel (Privacy)
Emely Melendez is Western’s Privacy Officer since October 2021. Much of Emely’s experience has been working in in-house roles, which has allowed her to advise on all these areas and which has allowed her to see the bigger picture when working with clients in high-stakes negotiations or sensitive files. Prior to joining Western, Emely has practiced in several areas, including immigration and refugee protection law, employment law, health law, military law, healthcare law and corporate/commercial law.
Emely graduated from Western in 2011 with an Honors Specialization in International Relations and Major in French Language and Literature. During her time at Western, Emely also attended the Université de Tours in Tours, France as part of an international exchange and was regularly part of the honour roll. Emely graduated from the University of Ottawa’s Programme de droit canadien in 2015, a bi-jural program in common law and civil law. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2018.
Emely has also been a member of the Royal Canadian Navy since 2007. Serving the military has allowed Emely to visit many parts of Canada and has made her well-versed in matters touching on federal level human resources, financial management, grievance management, fairness investigation, and public affairs. In 2020, she was awarded her Canadian Decoration for Meritorious service.