Rebecca DeBiase, JD ‘20
DeBiase is currently serving as center’s co-fellow with Jessica McDade. She is on the Executive Board of the Women’s Law Society, Family and Juvenile Law Society, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Honor Society, Christian Legal Society, and a member of the Society for Dispute Resolution’s competition team and Mock Trial team as well as a staff member for the Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal. Rebecca has competed in the ABA Employment Law Negotiation competition. She also serves as a research assistant in preparation for the upcoming Speziale ADR Symposium focusing on family law. Rebecca is currently a research associate at a private law firm in Westport and works in Quinnipiac’s Civil Justice Clinic. She expects to receive her juris doctorate with concentrations in Family Law and Civil Advocacy and Dispute Resolution in May 2020.
Jessica McDade, JD ‘20
McDade is currently serving as the center’s co-fellow with Rebecca DeBiase. She serves on the Executive Board for the Society for Dispute Resolution, Women’s Law Society, Family and Juvenile Law Society, Phi Delta Phi Honor Society, and is currently a staff member on the Quinnipiac Health Law Journal and a competition team member for the Dispute Resolution team and the Mock Trial team. In the Fall, she participated in the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition. She has worked as a community mediator in Cambridge, as well as for the Worcester District Court in Massachusetts and the New Haven District Court in Connecticut, and currently works in Quinnipiac’s Civil Justice Clinic. She expects to receive her juris doctorate with concentrations in Civil Advocacy and Dispute Resolution and Family Law in May 2020.
Leah Mantei, JD '19
Mantei served as the student fellow for the Center on Dispute Resolution. She is on the Executive Board of the Public Interest Law Project (PILP) and a member of the Society for Dispute Resolution’s competition team. In the fall, she participated in the ABA Regional Negotiation competition and her team placed 4th overall out of 24 teams. In addition to serving as a research assistant during the summer to develop the curriculum for a new course entitled International Human Rights and Transitional Justice, she proposed and helped create a new concentration in International Law and Policy at the law school. She is currently a law clerk at a private law firm and volunteers at IRIS, a local refugee resettlement organization. She expects to receive her juris doctorate with concentrations in International Law and Policy and Civil Advocacy and Dispute Resolution in May 2019.
Court Shields, JD '18
Shields served as center co-fellow with Katie Covett. She serves on the Executive Board of the International Human Rights Society, Student Bar Association, and Society for Dispute Resolution competition team. She has interned with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and expects to intern with the Office of the Attorney General this coming summer. In addition, she worked at the South African Human Rights Commission in Capetown, South Africa, this past fall. She expects to receive her juris doctorate with a concentration in Civil Advocacy and Dispute Resolution in May 2018.
Katie Covett, JD/MBA '18
Covett served as a co-fellow with Court Shields. Last year, she won 2nd place for an essay on "Brexit" in an International Dispute Resolution writing competition sponsored by the University of Missouri School of Law. Through the business school, Covett worked as the Project Manager of a student consulting team affiliated with QU's Central European Institute. The consulting team provides business services for European start-up companies hoping to enter the U.S. market. She expects to complete both degrees in May of 2018.
Cassandra Cicco, JD '17
Cicco served as the student fellow in the Center on Dispute Resolution in 2016 and received her juris doctor with a concentration in Civil Advocacy and Dispute Resolution in May 2017. She was the Vice President of External Competitions for the Society on Dispute Resolution competition team, and was also a part of the Mock Trial competition team.
Cicco graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management with a minor in Labor Law in the Workplace in 2014. She has interned with the Connecticut Office of the Public Defenders, the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and has continued mediating for the Commission throughout her third year at the law school. Cicco has also externed for Subway World Headquarters and was working as a law clerk at a local private law firm.
Angela Cortese, JD '16
Cortese served as the student fellow in the Center on Dispute Resolution in 2015 and received her juris doctor with concentrations in Civil Advocacy and Dispute Resolution and Criminal Law in May 2016. She was a member of the Society on Dispute Resolution competition team, the Mock Trial competition team, president of Outlaws, and the treasurer for the American Constitution Society.
Cortese graduated from the University of New Haven in 2013 with a master's in criminal justice and received her Bachelor's degree in criminal justice and sociology in 2011 from Elmira College in New York. She has interned with the Connecticut Office of the Public Defenders and the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and externed with the Judiciary Committee of the legislative branch.
Kelsey Craveiro, JD '15
Craveiro served as the student fellow in the Center on Dispute Resolution in 2014 and graduated cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2015. While at school, Craveiro served as a research assistant for Professor Linda Meyer, vice-president of Women's Law Society, and as a volunteer mediator for Community Mediation, Inc. in Hamden.
Craveiro graduated with concentrations in Civil Advocacy & Dispute Resolution and in Family Law, both with honors. She received the Judge F. Owen Egan Annual Book Award in recognition for her commitment to alternative dispute resolution. Craveiro now works as a Veterans Affairs Attorney at Rob Levine & Associates in Providence, RI, where she assists veterans in obtaining disability compensation from the VA.
Kristen Sweet, JD '13
Sweet served as the student fellow in the Center on Dispute Resolution at Quinnipiac University School of Law for the 2012-2013 academic year and continued as a fellow until December 2014. Sweet received her juris doctor from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2013. As a law student, Sweet completed a 40-hour Mediation Certificate Program and served as a mediator at the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.
Sweet graduated with a concentration in civil advocacy and dispute resolution with honors and received the Judge F. Owen Egan Annual Book Award in recognition of her commitment to alternative dispute resolution. Sweet now works as an attorney with the labor and employment firm Kainen, Escalera, and McHale in Hartford.
Alexandra Buenaventura Gillett, JD '12
Buenaventura was the first student fellow for the Quinnipiac University School of Law Center on Dispute Resolution during the 2011-2012 academic year. As the center student fellow, Buenaventura assisted in the planning of the 2013 John A. Speziale ADR Symposium; actively participated in Connecticut Mediation Network meetings; served as student liaison to the Sections on Dispute Resolution of the American and Connecticut Bar Associations, chairing the ABA Representation in Mediation Regional Competition at the School or Law; was elected president of the Quinnipiac Society for Dispute Resolution; and engaged in strategic planning for future center events.
Currently, Gillett works as a mediation specialist in the Superior Court division of the Connecticut Judicial Branch. She remains actively involved in the Connecticut Mediation Network, now the Connecticut Mediation Association, co-chairs the Connecticut Bar Association's Section on Dispute Resolution, is a board member of the New England Association for Conflict Resolution, and sits on the planning committee of the ABA's Representation in Mediation Competition.