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Michaela Keet Associate Professor

245 Law

Research Area(s)

  • Dispute resolution
  • Family law
  • Legal education
  • Legal ethics

Professional Education

  • LLB (Saskatchewan)
  • BA (Saskatchewan)
  • LLM (Saskatchewan) 


Professor Keet has been involved in curriculum development in the dispute resolution area at every level in the college’s program, including the design of an intensive dispute resolution program for first-year students and advanced courses in Negotiation, Mediation, and clinical placements. In 2011, Prof. Keet was awarded the Provost’s College Award for Outstanding Teaching in Law.

Prof. Keet has worked as a mediator in private and public practice across a variety of settings.  With Saskatchewan Labour, she mediated and conciliated complex labour disputes.  With Saskatchewan Justice, she mediated civil litigation files including matters such as commercial contract disputes, wrongful dismissal and personal injury. Prof. Keet has also acted as a labour arbitrator and as a consultant for organizations designing or evaluating their own dispute resolution processes and systems. In the earlier part of her career, Prof. Keet worked as a lawyer in private practice, with a focus on labour, employment and administrative law.

She graduated with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan, with an LLB, and a BA (major in Sociology). She has taken extensive training in the field of mediation and negotiation, primarily through the Conflict Resolution Program at the Justice Institute in Vancouver, B.C. Her LLM focuses on court-connected mediation.

Prof. Keet has extensive experience as a trainer and public speaker on dispute resolution processes and issues, including the development of educational programs for lawyers, judges and other adjudicators and professionals. In addition to her law school teaching, Prof. Keet has delivered presentations and training programs for the following audiences: National Judicial Institute, Saskatchewan Legal Education Society, Canadian Bar Association, Provincial Court Judges, business and human resources professionals, unions, members of local aboriginal governments, and many other organizations.

Her teaching, research and publications have focused on dispute resolution, particularly on mediation, negotiation and the integration of dispute resolution programs into the court system – in both civil and criminal settings. The focus of her research is on the evaluation of dispute resolution practices and programs, and she has conducted or partnered in several empirical studies. She is the author of numerous journal articles on topics including collaborative law, lawyers’ roles inside mediation, and the integration of mediation into court systems.

In 2016, Professor Keet, along with U of S Law colleague Professor Heather Heavin, were awarded the Gonthier Fellowship by the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice. This enabled them to complete and present the results of a project on Litigation Risk Analysis, at the CIAJ 2016 fall conference “Civil Justice and Economics: A Matter of Value”. The paper is available online at https://ciaj-icaj.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/930.pdf.  In addition, the following publications on the topic of risk analysis are soon to be available:

  • M. Keet, “Informed Decision-Making in Judicial Mediation and the Assessment of Litigation Risk” in Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution (forthcoming)
  • M. Keet, “Litigation Risk Assessment as Tool to Enhance Negotiation”, May 2017 (submitted for publication) 
  • H. Heavin and M. Keet, “Litigation Risk Analysis:  Rigour, Transparency and Informed Decision-Making in the Management and Settlement of Litigation Files”, May, 2017 (submitted for publication)
  • M. Keet & H. Heavin, “Assessing Client Interests and Process Costs in a Litigation Risk Analysis”, Chapter in forthcoming book on the Cost and Value of Justice (UBC Press)
  • H. Heavin & M. Keet, “A Spectrum of Tools to Support Litigation Risk Assessment” in Canadian Journal of Law and Technology (forthcoming, Fall, 2017)

Publications and Research

B. Lowenberger, M. Keet & J. Anderson  “Collaborative Policy-Making, Law Students, and Access to Justice:  The Rewards of Destabilizing Institutional Patterns”, Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice (forthcoming)

M. Keet and B. Cotter “Lawyers’ Ethical Obligations, Innovative Models of Legal Service and a Time of Regulatory Upheaval: Settlement Counsel as an Instructive Model”, May 2017 (submitted for publication)

M. Keet “Settlement Counsel:  An Innovative Strategy for the Management and Resolution of Commercial Litigation Files” in Canadian Bar Review (forthcoming, 2017)

L. Clark, M. Keet and C. Ryan, “Mediation the GM Foods Debate:  Lessons from the Enduring Conflict Framework”, 11(2) Journal of Food Law & Policy (2015)

M. Keet and B. Cotter, “Settlement Conferences and Judicial Role: The Scaffolding for Expanded Thinking about Judicial Ethics” (2013) 91 Canadian Bar Review. (This article was included in seminars conducted by the National Judicial Institute (Clinics) and the Saskatchewan Law Society (CLE: Ethical Negotiations) 

H. Heavin and M. Keet, “Skating to Where the Puck Will be: Exploring Settlement Counsel and Risk Analysis in the Negotiation of Commercial Disputes” (with Heather Heavin). (2013) 76(2) Saskatchewan Law Review.

J. Kleefeld and M. Keet, “Getting Real:  Enhancing the Acquisition of Negotiation Skills Through a Simulated Email Transaction”, (2011) 2 Journal of Arbitration and Mediation 23  

“Theorizing the Role of Volunteers in Community Restorative Justice Programs” (2010) 6(2) International Journal of Restorative Justice 94

Book Review:  Julie Macfarlane, The New Lawyer: How Settlement is Transforming the Practice of Law (with Connie den Hollander) (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2008) (2009) 25 (1) Canadian Journal of Family Law 117

“Collaborative Family Law and Gender Inequalities:  Balancing Risks and Opportunities” (with Wanda Wiegers) (2008) 46 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 733

“Client Engagement Inside Collaborative Law” (with Wanda Wiegers and Melanie Morrison), (2008) 24 Canadian Journal of Family Law 145

“The Evolution of Lawyers’ Roles in Mandatory Mediation:  A Condition of Systemic Transformation” (2005) 68 Saskatchewan Law Review 313

“Civil Justice Reform and Mandatory Civil Mediation in Saskatchewan:  Lessons from a Maturing Program” (with Julie Macfarlane) (2005) 42 Alberta Law Review 677

“From Litigation to Mediation:  Using Advocacy Skills for Success in Mandatory or Court-Connected Mediation” (with Teresa Salamone) (2001) 64 Saskatchewan Law Review 57

“Getting it Done – A Process Design for Environmental Negotiations” (with Teresa Salamone), Natural Resources & Environment (ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources), Volume 16(2), Fall 2001, 122

“Collaborative Law:  A Gateway to New Thinking” in Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch, Bar Notes, Fall 2007 

“Restorative Justice:  Supporting Meaningful Educational Experiences” in Vol. 11, No. 3, Justice as Healing (Native Law Center newsletter), 2006

“Recent Supreme Court of Canada Decision in Tort Law:  Mustapha and Hill” in Civil Law Update, seminar materials, Saskatchewan Legal Education Society Inc., December 2008

“Conceptual and Computation Issues in Damages for Sexual Assault”(with K. Cooper-Stephenson), in Fraud and Sexual Assault Update, conference materials, Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association, Fall 2005

Commentary on Restorative Justice, in Paul Chartrand, proceedings from “Aboriginal People and the Criminal Justice System in Saskatchewan:  What Next?” published in the Saskatchewan Law Review, Fall 2005

“A Summary of the Evaluation Report’s Findings”, in From Rhetoric to Re-Examination:  Essential Litigation Topics, conference materials, Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association, Fall 2004

"From Litigation to Mediation: Using Advocacy Skills for Success in Mandatory or Court-Connected Mediation" (with Teresa Salamone) (2001) 64 Saskatchewan Law Review 57

"Getting it Done - A Process Design for Environmental Negotiations" (with Teresa Salamone), Natural Resources & Environment (ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources), Volume 16(2), Fall 2001, 122