Doug Surtees

Associate Dean Academic
Room Number: 250.2 
Phone: 966-5242
Fax: 966-5900

Professional education:

LLM (Saskatchewan) 1994
LLB (Saskatchewan) 1987
BEd (Saskatchewan) 1983
BA (Saskatchewan) 1981


Doug Surtees joined the faculty in 2005. Prior to his appointment he taught at the College of Law as a sessional lecturer beginning in 1994. He held a term appointment to the College in 2002-2003. He has also taught as a sessional lecturer at the College of Agriculture, the College of Commerce (now Edwards School of Business) and SIAST Institute. Doug was Co-Director of the Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA) from 1994-2005. Doug has acted as a labour adjudicator and an arbitrator. He is a certified mediator and holds a Professional teaching certificate as well as being a member of the Saskatchewan bar. He is a board member and the current president of Easter Seals Canada, a board member and former president of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council, a board member and former president of PLEA. Previously Doug was a board member of the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute, and a board member and former chair of the Governance Committee of the Saskatoon Co-op.

Research Areas:

Elder law
Disability Law
Public Legal Education

Current courses taught:

Wills 428.3
Contracts 201.6
Elder law 41.3
Disability law 429.3

Previous courses taught:

Trusts 326.3
Insurance Law 417.3

Recent publications and research work:

D. Surtees Constructing Incapacity: Deconstructing capacity in Adult Guardianship Chapter 19 (273-283) in A. Kimberley Dayton editor. (Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 2014). 

D. Goodridge, E. Quinlan, R. Venne, P. Hunter, and D. Surtees, "Planning for Serious Illness by the General Public: A Population-Based Survey," ISRN Family Medicine, vol. 2013, Article ID 483673, 8 pages, 2013. doi:10.5402/2013/483673.

"How goes the battle? An exploration of guardianship reform" (2012) 50 Alberta Law Review, 115.

“What Can Elder Law learn From Disability Law” in Israel Doron ed., Theories on Law and Ageing (Berlin: Springer Publications, 2009) pages 93-105.

Procedure 'B' is for Bayda. Saskatchewan Law Review, (2007) volume 970 issue number 2, pages 259-268.

From New York to Saskatoon. New York City Law Review, (2006) volume 9, issue number 2, pages 429-448.

Ratzlaff and Wedding Plans: A New Threshold (April 2003) 48 Estates and Trusts Reports, Thomson Carswell, Vol. 48, Part 2, pp 163-169.