At Convocation on November 29, 2019, the Benchers elected Gerald Tegart, Q.C., as President, and Foluke Laosebikan, Ph.D, as Vice President, for 2019. We congratulate our new President and Vice President and would like to thank our outgoing President, Leslie Belloc-Pinder, for her tireless work in 2019.
Gerald Tegart, Q.C.
Gerald Tegart was called to the Bar in 1977. He attended university in Regina and Saskatoon and has lived and practised law in Regina since graduating from the U of S College of Law in 1976. He articled with what is now the Ministry of Justice and subsequently served in the government for 37 years, as a prosecutor, a legal advisor to multiple government agencies and a legal manager, including four years as Saskatchewan’s Deputy Minister of Justice. He now practices as a sole practitioner with a focus on arbitration and other adjudicative work. He also provides advisory services to businesses and government institutions.
Gerald has been an active volunteer, both in the community and with a variety of law-related organizations. He is a past president of the Regina Bar Association, has served on the CBA Saskatchewan council and was a member of the CBA Task Force on Conflicts of Interest. He is a past member of the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan and the board of directors of the Canadian Centre for Court Technology.
In 2014 he was elected by the benchers to fill a vacancy created by a judicial appointment. Since then he has carried out regular bencher functions and has served on several committees, including Ethics, Governance, Admissions and Education, Discipline Executive and Access to Legal Services.
In 2017, he was appointed by the Minister of Justice to co-chair the Legal Services Task Team.
Foluke Laosebikan, LL.B, LL.M., Ph.D
Foluke Laosebikan was admitted to the Bar in 2011. She is proprietor of FLK Law Firm, a solo practice in Melfort.
Prior to moving to Melfort, she graduated from the Obafemi Awolowo University (O.A.U.), Nigeria in 1993 with an LLB (Hons) degree. She then articled and completed the Nigerian Bar program and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1995. Dr. Laosebikan has a Master’s degree in Law (LLM) from O.A.U., Nigeria, as well as a PhD in Law from Howard College, University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. She was Assistant Professor at O.A.U., Nigeria, and worked as a tutor and facilitator at the School of Language, Culture and Communication, South Africa immediately prior to moving to Melfort, Saskatchewan in 2004.
She is trained in mediation, facilitation, and collaborative practice and has served on a number of boards, including the Melfort Co-operative Daycare Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of Collaborative Professionals for Saskatchewan Inc. In addition, she has a keen interest in public legal education and is involved in volunteer work in that and in other areas of knowledge enhancement and community development in and around the City of Melfort.
Dr. Laosebikan has served as a Bencher with the Law Society of Saskatchewan since 2017.