USask College of Law Announces Three Faculty Appointments

The College of Law is delighted to announce the appointments of Professors Jamesy Patrick, Funmi Abioye, and Eleni Arvanitis-Zorbas.


Professor Jamesy Patrick has been appointed to a tenure-track position at the College of Law, commencing July 1, 2024.

Professor Jamesy Patrick is no stranger to the College of Law. She received both her JD (2012) and LLM (2017) from the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to that, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree cum laude in Dance (2006). Professor Patrick’s research during her LLM focused on child welfare in Saskatchewan.

Before joining the College of Law as an Assistant Professor in 2022, she practiced law in Saskatoon with a focus on child protection matters and Indigenous governance in relation to child protection. Professor Patrick is passionate about policy development and governance surrounding child protection for Indigenous communities and organizations, and she is devoted to advocating for children and families facing systemic barriers in our community.

Professor Patrick has supported the development of a partnership between the College of Law and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) with a focus on First Nations child welfare legal research and community partnership. The initiative demonstrates a commitment of both organizations to the well-being and rights of Indigenous children and families.

Professor Patrick’s teaching areas include property law, entertainment law, child protection law, and evidence.

Professor Funmi Abioye has been appointed to a faculty position in the College of Law for a one-year term, commencing July 1, 2024.

Dr. Funmi Abioye is a law professor with many years of teaching experience. She taught Legal Research Writing (LRW) and Conflict of Laws as a sessional lecturer at the College in 2023. Prior to joining the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, she was an Associate Professor in the College of Law, University of South Africa. She holds an LLD degree from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and her research focuses on areas of public international law, international environmental law, and Indigenous law. Through her publications in journals and edited works, she has explored issues such as the use of force in conflict situations, rule of law, legitimacy of legal systems, and protection of environmental rights, to mention a few. 

Dr. Abioye served on a number of committees and structures of her previous university, and she was Editor-in-Chief of one of the law journals. She holds membership of a number of international associations. She is a member of the International Law Association (ILA) Committee on International Law and Migration and has served as a co-rapporteur of the Committee. She is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Professor Eleni Arvanitis-Zorbas has been appointed to a faculty position in the College of Law for a one-year term, commencing July 1, 2024.

Professor Eleni Arvanitis-Zorbas has received three degrees from the University of Saskatchewan: BA (1997), JD (2000), and LLM (2013). Before earning her Masters, she practiced corporate and commercial law.

Eleni has been a sessional lecturer with the College of Law in corporate and commercial law for the past ten years. She specializes in mass tort bankruptcy, and her other areas of interest include business organizations and restructuring law.