Faculty + Fellows
CAROLYN WILKES KAAS ("Carrie") is an associate professor of law at Quinnipiac University School of Law, and is the co-director of the Center on Dispute Resolution. Kaas also serves as the director of clinical programs, as well as the director of the School of Law's concentration programs in family law and civil advocacy and dispute resolution. Professor Kaas taught for 20 years in the in-house Civil Clinic, supervising students in a variety of civil and family matters. She is currently teaching a wide range of field placement course including a Mediation Externship. She also teaches negotiation, and is the lead professor for the clinical prerequisite course in interviewing, counseling, and negotiation, called "Introduction to Representing Clients."
Kaas has served on several committees and boards, including the national Clinical Legal Education Association and the Connecticut Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism. In 2011, she served on the Chief Justice's Commission on Civil ADR in the Courts. She is studying non-defensive communication and its application in law and mediation, and is a founding board member of the Canadian and the international non-profits, "The Non-Defensive Voice." She also serves on the boards of Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce, Connecticut Legal Services, and is a founding member of the Connecticut Mediation Network.
Kaas graduated from Cornell University in 1976, from University of Connecticut School of Law in 1983, with highest honors, and clerked for the Honorable Ellen Bree Burns from 1983-85, at the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. She was an associate with Wiggin and Dana before joining the faculty at the law school.
CHARLES A. PILLSBURY ("Charlie") is a part-time professor and co-director of Quinnipiac's Center on Dispute Resolution. Since 2009, he also has served as the executive director of Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBB) and is a member of MBB's Colombia Project team.
From 1989-2009, Pillsbury was the executive director of Community Mediation, Inc., a nonprofit community mediation center in New Haven, Connecticut. He was a founding Board member of the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) in 1993, and was co-chair of NAFCM's Board of Directors from 1999-2001. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and Yale University. Before joining Community Mediation in 1989, Pillsbury practiced law for 14 years in the New Haven area. He is married to The Rev. Allie Perry, and they live in New Haven.
JENNIFER GERARDA BROWN, dean and professor of law, Quinnipiac University School of Law. Brown is the founder and former director of the Center on Dispute Resolution. Dean Brown received her AB from Bryn Mawr College and her JD from the University of Illinois College of Law. Prior to entering law teaching, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Harold A. Baker, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, and practiced law in the litigation department of Winston & Strawn, Chicago, Illinois. Before she joined the faculty at Quinnipiac, she taught at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia and at the University of Chicago Law School as a Bigelow Fellow. She has been a visiting professor at Santa Clara, University of Illinois, Georgetown, and Harvard law schools.
She teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution, Negotiation, Civil Procedure, Therapeutic Jurisprudence, and Lawyers' Professional Responsibility; her scholarship focuses on these areas as well as gender and sexual orientation. She chaired the planning committee for the 2012 Quinnipiac-Connecticut Bar Foundation John A. Speziale ADR Symposium. Brown's work has been widely published - view her full bio for a list of publications.
HARRY N. MAZADOORIAN serves as the Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Center on Dispute Resolution. He has been involved in the field of dispute resolution for decades, as a trial lawyer, corporate attorney, bar leader, law professor and commercial arbitrator and mediator. He has served as Assistant General Counsel at CIGNA Corporation and Vice President for Government Relations at its subsidiary, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company. He has also served as Legislative Commissioner for the State of Connecticut and town attorney for New Britain CT.
He played an active role in the founding of the American Bar Association's Section on Dispute Resolution and served as the charter chairperson of both the Section's Mediation Committee and Corporate ADR Committee. He also served as a member of the Section's Council as well as on the editorial board of Dispute Resolution Magazine and the CPR Institute's publication Alternatives.
He is recognized as an expert in ADR statewide and nationally and has been a frequent presenter and panelist at ADR programs. He served as founding chairperson of the Connecticut Bar Foundation/Quinnipiac Law School John Speziale ADR Symposium from its inception to 2009. Mazadoorian served as editor and principal contributor to "Mediation Practice Book: Critical Tools, Techniques and Forms" and has written extensively about ADR in a number of ADR journals and periodicals. He writes a column on ADR for the Connecticut Law Tribune.
He serves as an arbitrator and mediator for a number of panels including the American Arbitration Association (since 1976), The Center for Dispute Prevention and Resolution, and FINRA. He was one of the early Connecticut attorneys appointed as an Attorney Trial Referee for the Connecticut Judicial Department. He has received a number of significant recognitions including the Community Mediation Inc. Excellence in Mediation Award, The Association for Conflict Resolution (SPDR) Pioneer Award, The Connecticut Law Tribune Service to the Bar Award and The Connecticut bar Foundation Distinguished Service Award. Mazadoorian has presided over a number of significant cases as an arbitrator or mediator and has mediated several major institutional health care disputes.
He is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School and received an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from Quinnipiac University.
MICHAEL BECKER is a part-time professor teaching negotiation and an attorney mediator. Principal of his own mediation firm, Becker is one of the most experienced divorce mediators in Connecticut. Becker weaves his legal, accounting, counseling and teaching backgrounds into his mediation to help clients work out agreements in a calm, civil, and private way.
Becker brings a unique combination of professional expertise to his work, including a Law Degree, an accounting degree, and a master's degree in marriage and family therapy. Prior to joining the faculty at Quinnipiac University School of Law, he was an adjunct professor at University of Connecticut School of Law and the Fairfield University Marriage and Family Therapy master's degree program.
Becker served as a founding director and two-time president of the Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation (now the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce). He also chaired the council's Legislative Committee, and served on the Standards and Qualifications Committee, which wrote the first Standards of Practice for mediators in Connecticut. Becker is an Association for Conflict Resolution Advanced Practitioner, an Academy of Professional Family Mediators Advanced Member, and a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.
Becker's contributions to the advancement of mediation as a profession include supervising interns in his mediation practice, as well as providing in-service training to mental health agencies in the area. Becker has also written for and been featured in numerous legal, financial and family-related publications, including: Connecticut Magazine, Good Housekeeping, the American Journal of Family Law, Connecticut Connection (publication of Connecticut Association for Marriage and Family Therapy), Financial Planning Magazine, the Connecticut Post and the Connecticut Family Lawyer.
ALEXANDRA 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 Law School; was elected president of the Quinnipiac Society for Dispute Resolution; and engaged in strategic planning for future center events.
Currently, Buenaventura works as a mediation specialist in the Superior Court division of the Connecticut Judicial Branch. She remains actively involved in the Connecticut Mediation Network, sits on the planning committee of the ABA's Representation in Mediation Competition, and volunteers for the Quinnipiac School of Law's Society for Dispute Resolution.
EMANUEL N. PSARAKIS is a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at Quinnipiac University School of Law teaching arbitration, employment law, employment discrimination law and labor law. He also serves as an arbitrator and mediator.
Formerly Psarakis was a partner at the law firm of Robinson and Cole in Hartford, Conn. He was the head of its labor group, represented clients in civil rights, employment, labor relations, business and construction law. Previously he served as a National Labor Relations Board attorney. While in full time law practice, Psarakis was listed in all editions of The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward, White, Inc.). He was also listed in Connecticut Magazine as one of the best lawyers in Connecticut in the area of Employment and Labor Law.
Psarakis has a distinguished 40-year law career where he represented business and individual clients in several thousand employment and business disputes. He represented clients in many industries such as health care, construction, manufacturing, insurance, banking, transportation, textile, nuclear energy, technology, air transport, retail and pari-mutuel racing industries, multi-national corporations, contractor trade associations, non-profits, performing arts organizations, the State of Connecticut, municipalities, boards of education, and universities.
Psarakis has a certificate in Arbitration and Mediation from Alliance in Dispute Resolution, Cornell University; Advanced Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution certification from American Bar Association; advanced Arbitrator training from American Arbitration Association. He is a member of the Labor and Employment Section of the Connecticut and American Bar Associations, member of the ABA Dispute Resolution Forum and the Connecticut Bar ADR Committee, and is an editor of The Developing Labor Law (BNA Publications). Formerly he served as an Administrative Hearing Judge for the Connecticut Commission On Human Rights and as a Parajudicial Officer and Special Settlement Master in the U.S. Federal District Court.
Psarakis has an AB from the University of Connecticut; a JD from Boston University Law School, where he was the senior editor of the Law Review, and an LLM in labor law from Columbia University Law School.