USask College of Law Announces Appointments to Two Endowed Chairs

The College of Law is delighted to announce the following appointments:

By Shannon Cossette

Professor Annie Rochette has been appointed as the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan, H. Robert Arscott Chair for a one-year term beginning January 1, 2022.

annie-rochette.jpgAnnie is a researcher and writer in the areas of legal education, environmental law as well as gender and climate change policy.Annie has been involved in the Canadian legal education community for over twenty years as editor of legal academic journals (CJWL, CLEAR), board member and President of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers, workshop facilitator and conference organizer. She was an Assistant Professor at UBC from 1998-2004 and Associate Professor at UQAM from 2006-2016. More recently, she directed the Professional Legal Training Course of the Law Society of British Columbia from 2016-2020.


The Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Chair was established in 1989 under an agreement between the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan. The chair has a broad scholarly mandate and is available to scholars in both law and policy. The chairholder will teach a seminar, conduct research, and organize a conference in their field of expertise. Previous incumbents have included Allan Blakeney, Roy Romanow, Alan Cairns, Judy Fudge and Denise Reaume. 

Michael W. Milani Q.C. has been appointed to the Estey Chair in Business Law for a six-month term beginning July 1, 2022.

milani_mike_3465.-profilepage.jpgMichael is currently Chair of the Executive Committee of McDougall Gauley LLP, and is a Fellow of the Insolvency Institute of Canada. Michael is also the Chair of the Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan. He has a wealth of experience from his broad banking law, insolvency, and commercial practice, including related litigation and has appeared before all levels of court in Canada including the Supreme Court of Canada. Michael’s research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals in Canada and internationally.


The Estey Chair in Business Law was established in 2012 by John and Bill Estey in honour of their father, the late Willard “Bud” Estey, former Justice of Supreme Court of Canada. Their donation of $2 million is the largest-ever private donation to the college. Chairholders are expected to teach business law courses within the college, conduct high quality research in their field of expertise and share their knowledge and insight by engaging in outreach activities with the wider legal community. The Chair has previously been held by Cally Jordan & Rod Wood.