Faculty Overview

Professor Steven Gilles personally welcomes new students during fall 2017 orientation.

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 student speaking with a professor on a couch in the library of the North Haven campus.

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.

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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: Jennifer Herbst

A delicate balance of patient care and provider safety

For most of her career, Jennifer Herbst, professor of law and medical sciences, has been at the forefront of health law.    

She knows the demands on health care professionals have risen, with provider burnout becoming a significant cause of errors in hospitals. The concept of safety at work –– balancing provider and patient interests –– has emerged as a primary concern as hospitals seek to prevent mistakes that may harm patients.     

Herbst currently teaches Public Health Law to both law and medical students and she’ll begin teaching Bioethics next year. Jen also collaborates on research with colleagues in her field as well as students on topics that interweave business, medicine, law and ethics.

Quinnipiac Professor of Law and Medical Sciences Jennifer Herbst moderates a health care discussion.

Speaking Up

Quinnipiac Professor of Law and Medical Sciences Jennifer Herbst moderates a health care discussion Tuesday, June 13, 2017, during the 15th annual Regional Health Care Breakfast and Awards

Her current research examines safety in hospital settings where workers encounter physical risks, such as when moving patients, or are the targets of patients’ emotional outbursts. Her work raises intriguing questions, such as is it ever ethically justifiable for a hospital to “fire” a patient? She also has explored the ethics of caring for hospital-dependent patients –– individuals who are terminally ill or are repeatedly readmitted to the hospital because their acute medical needs cannot be met elsewhere.    

“Health care providers often make life and death decisions, so there is always going to be some level of risk,” Herbst said. “It’s a dilemma between a culture of care and a culture of safety. Care cannot be entirely risk-free.”

Faculty Spotlight: William Logue

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.

Professor William Logue works with a student in the School of Law.

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.”

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