The LSS has seven executive members elected by the student body yearly in the Winter term, each overseeing a distinct portfolio. Read more about your team below, and do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or comments.
Grace Mangusso (she/her)
Grace is a proud Easter Coaster from Quispamsis, New Brunswick. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton with a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership and a minor in Business Administration. She spent her 1L summer working as an Orientation Coordinator with Student Services and a Research Assistant for the Dean on trauma-informed approaches to teaching. She spent her 2L summer working at Torys LLP in their Toronto office, where she will be returning after graduation to article and pursue a career in corporate law. Grace loves cooking and baking, spending time near the ocean, and practicing yoga.
Grace is excited to be returning to the LSS after serving as the 1L Executive in her first year and the Vice President Executive in her second year. In these roles, she helped her classmates navigate online law school, organized an exam treat bag initiative, and led various advocacy efforts on behalf of her colleagues. As President, she plans to elevate student voices, remain attuned to the needs of the Law School community, and contribute to the cherished sense of collegiality at the Schulich School of Law.
Ferris Vasko (she/her)
Ferris has come all the way from snowy northern British Columbia, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English and Anthropology at the University of Northern British Columbia. While completing her studies, Ferris worked in the theatre, festival, and music industries; and is herself a beginner piano and ukulele player. She also loves sharks. Ferris was drawn to law school by a strong desire to advocate for and help others in times of need, and is excited to utilize her legal education towards these aims.
During her first year at Schulich School of Law, she advocated on behalf of her section as the Section B representative, during which time she also sat on the budget committee, and worked on a Pro Bono project with Pro Bono Dalhousie. In her 1L summer, she worked as the Summer Student with Admissions and External Relations. Ferris is looking forward to taking on the role of VP Executive this year, during which time she will organize the internal structure and operations of the Society, oversee its governance, and be responsible for its year-to-year continuity
Jason Stephanian (he/him)
Jason was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and went on to study drama in New York City before returning to complete his honours bachelors in Ethics, Society, and Law and Philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is also deeply passionate about the integration of human rights and technology and understanding the limits and possibilities technological advancement creates for societies.
Jason has a passion for advocacy and is excited to represent students regarding all academic matters. As VP Academic, Jason is responsible for acting as a liaison between students, faculty, and administration for everything academic related. This includes sitting on associated committees, such as Academic Committee, Faculty Council, and acting as Chair for the Teaching Awards Committee. Jason is also responsible for maintaining the famous CANs database and running the annual LSS CANs Drive.
Meghan Praught (she/her)
Meghan was born and raised in Ontario, and grew up in a small town outside of Toronto. She obtained her Bachelor of Applied Science in Justice Studies from the University of Guelph and a Diploma in Community and Justice Services from Humber College. While completing her degree Meghan worked managing her own business teaching music and acting classes across the GTA; and after years of training and performing herself, she released her first single last August.
Performing on stage has given Meghan the confidence and communication skills to speak publicly which she hopes to utilize in her legal career, with an interest in litigation. During her first year at the Schulich School of Law she represented several students as a member of the Dalhousie Student Advocacy Service and hopes to continue this work in the future. As the daughter of two accountants Meghan has been preparing for her tenure as VP Finance for years and is very excited to assist her peers in maximizing the law school experience while maintaining fiscal responsibility.
Graham Headley (he/him)
Born and raised in Calgary but having spent a lot of time growing up in Halifax too, Graham has a healthy appreciation for both mountains and the ocean. Since owning an East Coast Lifestyle shirt however, he has since fully committed to living an east coast lifestyle and spent his last summer working with McInnes Cooper in their Halifax office, where he will return to complete his articles. With a degree in poli-sci from Saint Mary's University, Halifax has very nearly chased all the yeehaw out of another 'Berta boy.
Returning as your VP External for his final year of law, Graham is looking forward to utilizing the experience he gained from his previous year as VP External and his first year as a 1L rep to its maximum potential. You can expect to hear from him in October as he rallies the school for a competitive food drive, if anything particularly exciting happens in the Dalhousie Student Union, or if there are any resume boosting opportunities through participation in Dalhousie Committees.
Danielle Bailey-Heelan (she/her)
VP Student Life
Danielle was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, where she also completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and English at the University of Alberta. While completing her undergraduate education, Danielle also earned a Certificate in Interdisciplinary Leadership at the Peter Lougheed Leadership College which provided her the opportunity to work in a Provincial Courthouse with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Northern Alberta. Her experiences as Court Worker affirmed Danielle's long-time interest in pursuing a legal career. Danielle returned to Edmonton during her 1L summer to work for Dentons LLP and continue her work as an Executive Administrative Assistant at the University of Alberta. In the future, Danielle hopes to pursue a career in litigation. In her free time, Danielle enjoys playing sports, exercising, cooking and baking, and going for walks along the Halifax Harbour.
Danielle is looking forward to returning to the LSS after serving as a 1L Section Representative and a sitting member of the Faculty Council. As VP Student Life, Danielle hopes to facilitate and contribute to a law school environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and uplifting for all students. Using a student-focused approach, she believes it is crucial that the programming and events of the LSS reflect all students' needs and hopes, and continues to build the community further. In her view, the best part of the Schulich School of Law is the collegial atmosphere, and the friendships she has made. For that reason, she wishes to do all she can to ensure future students have similar positive and memorable social experiences.