Faculty Overview

A warm welcome

Professor Steven Gilles personally welcomes new students during fall 2017 orientation. Law students begin building lasting faculty relationships from day one.

Supporting student success is what we do

Quinnipiac University School of Law professors are committed to the personal and professional success of every student. While passionate scholars in their own right, teaching is their number one priority. 

Small class sizes, low student-to-faculty ratio (11:1), unusually accessible professors and a close-knit community create the kind of supportive, enriching environment that is rare among law schools. We are personally invested in seeking ways to help our students develop into strong, active and ethical lawyers and advocates. 

Our faculty members are accomplished in their respective fields. They are distinguished scholars and experienced practitioners, including judges, public defenders, prosecutors, trial lawyers, corporate attorneys and PhDs. They bring a world of professional experience into the classroom and students benefit from their extensive professional networks. It’s common for graduates to remain in touch with faculty throughout their careers.

Quinnipiac School of Law offers the type of learning environment that is purposely designed to produce extraordinarily well-prepared professionals​.

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Areas of Expertise

Learning from leading scholars and industry experts

Faculty teach and publish in important and evolving areas of the law, including:

  • Alternative dispute resolution/civil advocacy
  • Animal law
  • Constitutional and administrative law
  • Corporate, business and franchise law
  • Criminal law
  • Employment and labor law
  • Environmental and land use law
  • Family and juvenile law
  • Health, disability and insurance law
  • Intellectual property/technology law
  • International law and policy
  • Legal writing and research
  • Public interest and poverty law
  • Real estate/property law
  • Trusts and estates
  • Tax law and business planning
  • Torts and product liability

Mentorship Program

Invested in you from the start

The Day One Mentoring program is an optional offering that pairs an admitted student with current students and a faculty member — from the moment you send your deposit to Quinnipiac.

Your mentors will offer guidance on everything related to first-year student life. The faculty member remains a trusted resource and mentor throughout the entire law school experience, along with the growing network of supportive connections that surround our students.

This support is a key part of what’s different here — and an important reason our graduates are so well prepared when they enter the job market.

A helping hand

Professor Carolyn Kaas talks with Alexandra Arroyo, JD ’18, on the North Haven Campus. Hailing from Texas, Arroyo was concerned about making the transition to life in a new state. Kaas offered her practical help and advice on issues from which classes to take and where to live. It’s just one of the examples of the above-and-beyond attitude that students can expect of faculty here.

Being part of the School of Law is more than just a place to study the law. It's a place to form relationships with your professors and peers that often last long beyond your graduation. Here, students and alumni involved with the Probate Law Journal connect with Dean Jen Brown during a recent reception.

Building lifelong connections

The School of Law is more than just a place to study the law. It's a place to form relationships with your professors and peers that often last long beyond your graduation. Here, students and alumni involved with the Probate Law Journal connect with Dean Jen Brown during a recent reception.

Faculty Spotlight: William Logue

Market-driven Knowledge

Professors making an impact

Professor William Logue has had a long and successful career mediating a range of private disputes, as well as helping facilitate policies pertaining to forestry, transportation and toxic waste cleanup. So it was no surprise when Logue, an adjunct professor at the Quinnipiac School of Law, was named co-director of Connecticut’s Agricultural Mediation Program (CTAMP).

Developed as a response to the farm loan crisis of the 1980s, the Agricultural Mediation Program addresses and mitigates problems that arise between a state’s farmers, their lenders and the USDA. These can include loan delinquency, environmental concerns, housing conflicts and other issues that can lead to potentially long, costly and bitter litigation. The Center on Dispute Resolution at Quinnipiac School of Law became Connecticut’s official designated agricultural mediation provider in 2015.

Hands-on learning

Passing on his expertise, Professor William Logue works with a student in the School of Law.

“We humanize the process for both parties by facilitating open, honest and confidential communication,” Logue said. “People can respect and understand different perspectives this way.”

Student fellows at the Center on Dispute Resolution regularly assist in CTAMP, typically with outreach and administration. Their roles will continue to grow in the future.

“As we become more active, we expect students to be involved in other ways,” Logue said.

Professor Logue is also a senior fellow at the Center on Dispute Resolution, and serves as its director of training programs. These programs help future lawyers develop vital negotiation and conflict resolution skills.

“These skills can be used in all aspects of life,” Logue explained. “They help reorient people on how they engage with each other, and can preserve and enhance relationships.”

Faculty Spotlight: John Thomas

Staying Connected

In his element

Professor John Thomas balances his passion for teaching and law research with his love of guitars and their rich history. Sometimes, the three intersect.

Benefiting the community

Professor John Thomas keeps it real. As the Carmen A. Tortora Professor of Law, he is responsible for more than 170 publications on topics ranging from gun violence and U.S.-Mexico relations, to health policy, autism and juvenile justice. Thomas also heads five nonprofit organizations, including The Buddy Holly Guitar Foundation.

An avid guitar player and historian, his research on the women who built Gibson’s World War II-era guitars culminated in his book “Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of Extraordinary Women and Gibson’s ‘Banner’ Guitars of WWII.” This research also formed the basis of his “X-Ray Project,” which used diagnostic imaging techniques to illustrate the superior quality of guitars crafted by female luthiers. Slides from the X-Ray Project also featured prominently in Thomas’ art show, “Vintage Steel: the Art and History of the American Steel String Guitar,” which premiered at the River Street Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut.

“Over the past decade, I’ve been volunteering my services to anyone who approaches me with a proposal to create an interesting and worthwhile charity. I’ve now created 12 nonprofits.”
Professor John Thomas

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