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Academic Centers

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Preparing leaders for new kinds of law

We have deep expertise in two crucial areas of the profession: health law and dispute resolution. Both quickly evolving fields require in-depth knowledge, creativity and compassion.

Our two academic centers bring experts to campus to engage with students, design panel discussions and host conferences. They house extensive academic resources and sponsor special research.

Alumni who take advantage of the centers’ resources are redefining what a JD means in the workplace. They find meaningful work in hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, corporations, courthouses, government agencies and nonprofits. They bring their knowledge and skills to complex settings where collaboration is needed to get things done.


A group of four students and a professor at a conference table during a mediation session.

Finding common ground

Co-director of the Center on Dispute Resolution Charles Pillsbury leads a mediation session with clients and students.

Center on Dispute Resolution

Navigating an alternative course

Law is how we, as a society, determine our rights and responsibilities. It’s how we create policies and regulations and it’s how we resolve disagreement. Quinnipiac’s Center on Dispute Resolution focuses on integrating the theory and practice of dispute resolution. Founded in 1998 by the law school’s current dean, Jennifer Gerarda Brown, the center serves as an umbrella over extraordinary opportunities for both professionals and law students to engage in dialogue and attend special training.

The teachers in the center are nationally recognized scholars, skilled trainers and mentors. They include professors who lead mock mediation sessions in the classroom, faculty supervisors in our Civil Justice Clinic and judges, mediators and practicing attorneys who come to campus to engage with our students and share their professional expertise. With diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, they share a common purpose — to help our law students become more creative and compassionate resolvers of conflict.

In Their Words - James Demetriades

Portrait of student James Demetriades in the Law Library.

Making a difference

James Demetriades, JD '18, has been inspired to make a difference in the community by integrating mediation into law practice.

Leading the changing legal landscape

James Demetriades, JD ’18, has been exploring various areas of the law as he considers potential careers. He has found himself “diving more and more into mediation,” he says, because the skills are so vital and so versatile.

Like many law students here, Demetriades understands the wide-ranging value of developing skills in alternative means of conflict resolution. He is concentrating in civil justice and dispute resolution and has taken classes focusing on mediation, negotiation and client representation. Additionally, he is a member of the Society for Dispute Resolution competition team. All of these activities fall under the umbrella of the Center on Dispute Resolution.

“As a lawyer, you will always be balancing the interests of your clients against the realities of their situations. That’s what the skills of negotiation and mediation are all about.”
James Demetriades, JD ’18

In Their Words - Marta Maietta

Portrait of student Marta Maietta, JD '16 in the Law library.

Health law is in her DNA

Marta Maietta, JD ’16, is at the forefront of incorporating the quickly shifting rules of the Affordable Care Act, making her an essential member of Trinity Health.

On the front line of legal change

As a student, Marta Maietta, JD '16, became fascinated by the size and complexity of our nation’s health care system — and excited about the chance to use her analytical skills to solve problems that could help shape the new landscape of health and the law. She became a legal intern at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford while the hospital was going through a merger with the Trinity Health network.

Upon graduating she was hired by Trinity Health as an administrative fellow, where she works directly with the St. Francis CFO on strategy and new reimbursement models under the Affordable Care Act.

Maietta graduated with a JD and a health law concentration. She had contributed to the Health Law Journal and served as president of the Health Law Society — examples of what you’ll find here supported by the Center on Health Law and Policy.

“The exciting part is figuring out that what works here may not work in another setting. It’s a field where you have to be creative and specific in your problem solving.”
Marta Maietta, JD ’16