Who We Are




Paul Eluchok, BA, LLB

Senior 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. 



David Foster, JD, BSc (Hons)

University Legal Counsel

David advises and supports University decision-makers on administrative law and litigation matters, particularly those pertaining to human rights, and fairness in internal procedures affecting students in academic and non-academic matters.

Prior to joining the Office of the University Legal Counsel in April of 2023, David practiced in the field of labour and employment law, administrative tribunal proceedings and commercial litigation, along with experience directing and conducting third party investigations. In addition to his legal practice, David has acted as a senior advisor to the federal government on matters of policy and parliamentary affairs.

David is a graduate of the Health Studies and Gerontology program at the University of Waterloo. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Calgary and was called to the Ontario bar in 2011.




Emely Meléndez Rodríguez, BA (Hons), JD, LL.L - on maternity leave

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. 



Kelly-Ann Sullivan, JD, BA (Hons)

University Legal Counsel

Kelly joined the Office of the University Legal Counsel in March 2023. She advises on a variety of matters with a principal focus on academic, technology, procurement, privacy, real estate, and donor agreements. She also sits on the Technology Risk Assessment Committee and is actively involved in the review of new technologies across Campus. Kelly is currently Western’s Interim Privacy Officer, covering the privacy portfolio for a colleague who is on maternity leave.

Prior to joining Western, Kelly worked in private practice for many years, in the areas of real estate, wills and estates and family law. She also has experience in criminal law and personal injury law.

Kelly completed her undergrad at Nipissing University and is a graduate of the University of Ottawa’s French common law program. She was called to the bar in 2015.


Amy Labute

Senior Legal Assistant

Amy joined Western University in August 2018. In addition to assisting the University's Senior Legal Counsel, her main duties include the implementation of student placement affiliation agreements for multiple Schools across campus and providing administrative assistance to Western’s Technology Risk Assessment Committee (TRAC). 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. 
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.


Sarah Richardson

Junior Legal Assistant

Sarah became a part of Western's team in November 2023, where she currently works as the junior legal assistant for the Office of the University Legal Counsel. Her role involves managing files and coordinating administrative tasks for Counsel. Additionally, she assists with student record requests, FIPPA requests, payment of legal invoices, and supports visitors, staff, and faculty members who contact the Oiffce with general questions for Legal Counsel. 
Sarah obtained her Law Clerk diploma from Fanshawe College in 2020 and has previously worked for private law firms in the London area. Her experience encompasses a variety of legal fields, including corporate law, wills and estates, and plaintiff personal injury.