Ellen Keane Rutt has worked for the Law School for 20 years. After her graduation from UConn Law in 1990, she was a litigator in a large law firm in Connecticut. In her role as associate dean for enrollment and strategic planning, Ellen oversees admissions, student finance, and the career planning center. She travels extensively on behalf of the Law School and frequently meets with prospective students who have an interest in attending UConn Law.
In her role as associate director of admissions, Sarah Gessner is involved in all aspect of the admissions process. In addition to working on admissions policy and procedure, managing events and applicant contact, and enhancing enrollment managing in any way, Sarah reviews applicant files and interacts with the faculty, dean and administration. She regularly travels to admissions events throughout the country, speaking on panels about the admissions process and meeting with faculty, prelaw advisors and most importantly, prospective students. A Boston native and graduate of Bowdoin College, Sarah graduated from the Law School in 2003. She practiced as a commercial litigator in the Hartford and Boston offices of a major international firm before returning to UConn Law.
Deb Funke has worked in the Office of Admissions for 10 years. Her responsibilities include arranging travel and registration for recruiting events; organizing open houses and pipeline events; hiring and supervising student employees; granting fee waivers, and answering questions from prospective, admitted, and waitlisted applicants via phone and email. Deb also coordinates class visits between professors and applicants.
Rachele Torres has worked in admissions for more than 20 years. She is responsible for all facets of an applicant’s file. Among other things, she is responsible for all statistical data released by the Admissions Office. Rachele currently maintains the Admissions website, ACES2 and works closely with outside agencies such as the Law School Admission Council on various projects. Additionally, she is the liaison to other offices on the law school campus.
In his combined role as director of graduate programs and executive director of the Insurance Law Center, Peter Kochenburger supervises all aspects of the law school's graduate degree programs: the LL.M. in Insurance, the LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies, and the Doctor of Laws (S.J.D.). He is the primary contact for graduate law students with questions about their academic program. Professor Kochenburger holds a B.A. from Yale and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Pat Carbray is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Office of International Programs and Insurance Law Center. She processes applications for the LL.M. and S.J.D. programs, coordinates the distance learning program, facilitates immigration documents, and assists students with many matters during their program. Pat also organizes symposia and many other events throughout the year. She received her associates in science degree from Bryant College in 1976.
Peter Lindseth has been director of International Programs since 2012. In that capacity, he oversees the Law School's U.S. Legal Studies LL.M., S.J.D., and faculty and student exchange programs. Professor Lindseth is a specialist in comparative public law and legal history with emphasis on the administrative state and European integration. He holds a B.A. and J.D. from Cornell and a Ph.D. in European history from Columbia.
Burak Can is the primary contact for all individuals inquiring about the LL.M. program in U.S. Legal Studies as well as applicants and newly-admitted students to the program. A native of Berlin, Germany, Burak received his LL.B. from Free University Berlin, his LL.M. from UConn Law and his M.B.A. from University of Hartford. He is fluent in German and Turkish.
Carrie Field is the primary contact for all students interested, or already participating, in international exchange programs, whether as outbound UConn Law students or as inbound international students from UConn Law's many exchange partners. In addition, Carrie coordinates the visiting scholars schedule and, in conjunction with the Storrs campus, provides all international visitors with immigration support. Carrie earned her J.D. at UConn Law in 2007, was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in November 2007 and practiced at Pullman & Comley, LLC until joining the Law School in July of 2013.