Elke Churchman, BA, LLB
Barrister and Solicitor
Elke (pronounced Elkie) graduated from the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan in 1975. For a number of years prior to opening her own practice Elke practiced at Miller Thompson and McDougall Gauley. She served as the Chairperson of the Board of Referees of the Employment Insurance Commission (the Appeal Board) from 1998-2004. Elke also worked for the provincial government as legal counsel for Occupational Health and Safety from 2004-2011 giving her experience in both public practice and administrative law. She started her own practice in 2011 which has a large family law and litigation focus. Over time this has become the Churchman & Co. Law Office that exists today. She has appeared successfully in the Court of Queen's Bench and the Court of Appeal throughout her career.
Elke has served on the board of Lawyers concerned for Lawyers (LCL) for the past 10 years. She has also served on the board of Legal Profession Assistance Conference (LPAC) for 12 years. Elke also volunteers her time with Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City Inc. (CLASSIC) where she provides summary legal advice to clients in the areas of family and civil law and with Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan Saskatoon Northern Initiative. This is a program which offers free legal advice via internet to remote communities.
Elke has raised three daughters, and has three grandchildren who she loves to spoil and build lego with. She is an avid nerd who loves ComicCon, Dr. Who, and Game of Thrones.
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Kim Chatfield, BA, JD
Barrister and Solicitor
Kim grew up on a farm in rural Saskatchewan. In 2009 Kim received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies and Philosophy from the University of Saskatchewan. She then attended the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan and was awarded the A. John Beke Prize for Children and the Law in 2015. Kim convocated in June of 2015, completed her articles with The Elke Churchman Law Office, and was called to the Saskatchewan Bar in July of 2016. She is interested primarily in family law, but is currently enjoying having a general practice.
Kim has a strong commitment to helping foster access to justice within the Community. During law school she was actively involved in Community Legal Assistance Services Saskatoon Inner City (CLASSIC) volunteering as Co-Coordinator of the Legal Advice Clinic as well as participating in the intensive clinical program hosted by the Walk in Advocacy Clinic. Prior to attending the College of Law she was the Chairperson for the local Rights and Democracy Student Chapter at the University of Saskatchewan. She also volunteered with Pro-Bono Students Canada (PBSC) in 2014-2015 and is currently involved in creating a progressive lawyers group in Saskatoon. Kim has also recently been part of a family law panel which presented to students at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law, on issues surrounding access to justice, practice concerns, and alternative dispute resolution.
When not busy serving clients, Kim enjoys spending time with her partner, Brent, and their sons, Huxley and Bennett. They also have three dogs who keep them busy! They spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer camping and gardening. Kim also enjoys painting, photography, crocheting, and building things.
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Andrea Buettner, JD
Barrister and Solicitor
Andrea is a new associate with Churchman & Co. Law Office. She received her Law Degree in 2017, articled with Elke and was called to the bar in 2018. Andrea and Elke have worked together for many years and make a formidable Batman and Robin team.
Andrea journeyed to law school after a 19.5-year career in law enforcement as one of the first female Occupational Health Officers with the Government of Saskatchewan. During her time as an officer she dealt with all manner of safety issues including workplace accidents, deaths, violence and refusals to work. For the last 5 years before leaving the provincial government, Andrea specialized in and focused on only matters of workplace personal (bullying) and prohibited grounds harassment, as well as discriminatory action. Many of the cases she investigated and ruled upon were highly publicized and her decisions upheld on appeal by administrative tribunals and the courts.
Andrea possesses a firm understanding of Occupational Health and as an officer has appeared as an expert witness in the legislation and became skilled in high conflict resolution and mediation.
She has trained thousands of Saskatchewan employers, workers, safety associations, unions, employer associations and consultants on Occupational Health and Safety, Respectful Workplace Training and Harassment Rights and Responsibilities including policy formation.
Andrea’s passion is worker rights and safety, but has a keen interest in Labour and Employment, Human Rights, Administrative Law, Contracts, and Wills and Estates.
Andrea was born and raised in Saskatoon and was bound and determined to be schooled in and practice law here in Saskatchewan. She has a 14-year-old daughter, Rebecca, who given her ability to argue at this early age, Andrea anticipates will follow in her footsteps. Andrea is an avid swimmer and animal lover.
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Emily Kirk, JD
Emily joined our team in September 2017, assisting with research part-time during her final year of law school. She is currently articling with us for 2018-2019. Emily enjoys working in the areas of family law and civil litigation, but is excited to develop a larger scope of interest.
Emily is passionate about volunteerism, and has an extensive history of community endeavors. As a law student, Emily volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada, CLASSIC and occupied the role of Student Coordinator for Pro Bono Students Canada’s Family Legal Assistance Clinic.
Emily was born and raised in Saskatoon, and in her spare time she enjoys travelling, swimming and hanging out with her two cats and walking dogs at the Saskatoon SPCA. If you are in the office when Emily is around, please feel free to say hello and show her a picture of your pets.
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Jenny grew up in the Philippines and moved to Saskatoon in May, 2012.
She started working with Elke in June, 2012. She finished an on-line paralegal course in 2012. She is an organized and hardworking assistant.
She loves serving and helping people and always has a smile on her face.
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