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.
Maya Churilov (she/her)
Maya was born in Toronto and raised in Vaughan, Ontario. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. While completing her studies, Maya worked in the hospitality industry as a server and bartender. There she developed a knack for baking, and some her favourite recipes include toffee chocolate chip brownies, strawberry cheesecake macarons, and M&M brownies. Maya is fluent in Russian, and her other interests include anything and everything to do with the outdoors – hiking, camping, fishing, ATVing, and occasional skydiving.
In her time at the Schulich School of Law, Maya has been involved with several organizations including Pro Bono Dalhousie, the Dalhousie Student Advocacy Service, and the LSS. Maya is passionate about representing the study body at the Schulich School of Law, and has held the role of the Section C Representative in her first year, and Vice President Student Life in her second year. She has also sat on the Budget Committee, the Orientation Week Committee, and Teaching Awards Committee. In her role as President she hopes to continue to advocate for student concerns and continue fostering a sense of community among her colleagues.
Grace Mangusso (she/her)
Grace is a proud East 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. Grace’s eagerness to critically examine the systems, structures, and authorities that shape our collective life brought her to Schulich law. She aims to use her legal education to influence meaningful and actionable change, wherever it may take her.
Grace is excited to be returning to the LSS after serving as the 1L Executive and Section A Representative in her first year. In these roles, she helped her classmates navigate online law school by creating 1L study groups, organizing an exam treat bag initiative, and leading various advocacy efforts on behalf of the first-year class. 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.
Grace’s portfolio as VP Executive includes overseeing the governance and operations of the LSS by organizing its internal structure and maintaining 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.
Emily DiBratto (she/her)
Emily was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at York University in 2019. After graduating, she worked in construction project management until she started at Schulich. She came to law school because she wanted to continue her education in something new.
During her first year at Dalhousie, she spent her time navigating online school while exploring Halifax. She also worked on a research project with the Canadian Bar Association. In her free time, she likes to read, shop, and cook new recipes.
As VP Finance this year, she will work with the rest of the LSS and all societies to build (and help fund) a sense of community throughout Weldon.
Graham Headley (he/him)
Graham is a born and raised Calgarian, but an adopted Nova Scotian. Finishing most of his later education in the province, he obtained a Political Science degree from Saint Mary’s before returning to Calgary to work. As law school was one of his major aspirations, eventually he felt he was ready enough to take on the challenge it presented. His desire to attend law school is driven by a wish to assist in access to justice for minority communities.
In his first year of law Graham was elected to be one of three 1L representatives which are a part of the LSS Board of Directors, and he also sat on the finance committee. He is excited to bring this experience to his new role as VP External, where he will sit on the DSU Council as the Faculty of Law Representative, as well as the Board of Directors for the Dalhousie Law Alumni Association, and Dalhousie’s Student Senate Caucus.
Graham enjoys spending time outside when the weather is nice, reading fiction, and spending time with friends. He is looking forward to representing student concerns to external organizations and can’t wait to (hopefully) see everyone in person for the upcoming year!
Claire Dowden (she/her)
VP Student Life
Claire is a proud “townie,” Newfoundlander, and East Coaster (in that order) hailing from St. John’s. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at Memorial University with a double major in English Literature and Communication Studies. Claire comes to the Schulich School of Law with an eagerness to learn and a sense of gratitude to be a member of such a community-minded institution.
In her 1L year, Claire helped newcomers to Canada to file citizenship applications through Pro Bono, took on many AIO and SDC cases through the Dalhousie Student Advocacy Service, and sat as the Dalhousie Feminist Legal Association’s Section A Representative.
Claire’s portfolio as VP Student Life includes overseeing Schulich's many student societies, handling communications and social media, and planning events for students. She is very much looking forward to building upon the “Weldon tradition” and reigniting a sense of community within the law school as it transitions back to in-person learning.