Milgaard, Marquardt to speak to U of S students

College of Law hosting panel discussion on wrongful convictions

By James Shewaga
SASKATOON - Media are invited to attend the next University of Saskatchewan (U of S) McKercher Lecture Series event at the College of Law. This week's Ariel Sallows Lecture is entitled Shameful Legacies of Injustice: Wrongful Convictions in Canada.

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1-2:30 pm
Room 150, MLT Lecture Theatre
College of Law, 15 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan


David Milgaard, motivational speaker and author of Rabbit's Paw, wrongfully convicted of murder.

Tammy Marquardt, wrongfully convicted of murder due to testimony of discredited pathologist.

Kim Pate, Ariel F. Sallows Chair in Human Rights, University of Saskatchewan.

By highlighting the situations faced by David Milgaard and Tammy Marquardt, the panel will explore challenges related to wrongful convictions in Canada, including the need for a better conviction review process. They will also discuss a number of issues facing prisoners in Canada. All three panelists will be available for interviews immediately following the event.

"What happened to Tammy and David matters," said Pate. "It matters because it happened; it happened to them; it happens to others; and, it is done in our name. We all bear the responsibility of the flaws and inadequacies of our social, cultural and legal systems that contribute to wrongful convictions."

Pate said that future lawyers are the key to ensuring a fair and equitable conviction review process is realized.

For a complete list of McKercher Lecture Series presentations, visit

Robert McKercher, QC (BA'50, LLB'52), along with his brother Donald McKercher, QC (LLB'55) established the local law firm now known as McKercher LLP. The McKercher Lecture Series is one of two established in the College of Law with the help of Robert and his wife of 60 years, Peggy. The two also helped establish the Huskie Academic and Athletic Award of Excellence.


For more information, contact:
Debora Senger
Communications and Alumni Relations Officer
College of Law, University of Saskatchewan