Annual Meetings & Awards
Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner - October 29, 2014

Aqua Turf Club
Plantsville, Connecticut

2013 Award Winners
Michael L. Aresco '76: Distinguished Graduate Award

Michael L. Aresco '76, one of the most influential leaders in sports television and collegiate sports, was named commissioner of the Big East Conference in August 2012, and has overseen the successful rebranding of the league as the American Athletic Conference. Mr. Aresco’s first months were marked by his successful efforts to ensure the Conference’s place within the College Football Playoff – the new system that will determine the national champion, beginning in 2014.

Mr. Aresco came to the conference from CBS Sports where he was executive vice president of programming. He was responsible for all college sports programming for CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network. Mr. Aresco oversaw the acquisition and management of CBS Sports college properties, including the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, regular-season college basketball and football, conference basketball championship games, football bowl games and other programming. Mr. Aresco played an integral role in the landmark deal that created the CBS Sports-Turner Broadcasting partnership, which resulted in the acquisition of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship rights through 2024. Mr. Aresco also was the creator and executive producer of "The Tony Barnhart Show," the critically- acclaimed college football show, as well as "Courtside" with Seth Davis, a highly-regarded weekly show devoted to college basketball, both of which air on the CBS Sports Network.

In 2004, Mr. Aresco was appointed by the late NCAA President Myles Brand to the Basketball Partnership, a select panel whose mission was to explore ways to improve and promote college basketball. He is a charter member of the steering committee of the Columbia University/New York City Chapter of the National Football Foundation and serves on the board of the National Sports Marketing Network. In 1984, Mr. Aresco joined ESPN as counsel and was named assistant general counsel in 1988 before moving to the programming department.

Mr. Aresco is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Tufts University (B.A., magna cum laude, history), the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts (M.A., international relations), where he held a John Moors Cabot Scholarship, and UConn Law School (J.D.). He practiced law privately in Hartford for several years.

Willajeanne F. McLean, Distinguished Service Award

Willajeanne F. McLean, an internationally recognized expert on the interface of intellectual property and European law, served as interim dean for the Law School for the 2012-2013 academic year. She has been a member of the faculty since 1991 and has taught Trademark Law, Torts, Law and Institutions of the European Union, and a seminar on intellectual property law in the EU.

The holder of a B.A. in French literature and European history from Wellesley and a B.S. in microbiology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Dean McLean worked in a research lab at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute before earning her J.D. from Fordham Law School. She also holds an LL.M. in European community law from the Free University of Brussels.

Before pursuing a career in the academy, Dean McLean, a patent attorney, practiced at Darby and Darby, an intellectual property boutique, where she worked primarily in the field of trademark law. As a member of Law School faculty, she has guest-lectured at the Free University of Berlin, University of Mannheim, University of Tilburg, and the Université  Paul Cézanne d'Aix-Marseille. In addition, Dean McLean, who directed the Law School’s international exchange programs for more than a decade, has held visiting professorships at Exeter University, Fordham University School of Law, and the University of Iowa College of Law. She was a Fulbright Fellow at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, where she taught Comparative EU and U.S. Intellectual Property Law, and lectured at the Intellectual Property Law Institute of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow.

John A. Danaher, III '80, Public Service Award

In March 2010, Governor M. Jodi Rell nominated John A. Danaher, III to serve as a judge of the Connecticut Superior Court. His nomination was confirmed on May 5, 2010 and on May 10, 2010 he was sworn in as a judge. Judge Danaher is currently assigned to the Litchfield seat of court. Since his appointment, he has authored more than 150 opinions. He has twice served as an instructor at the Connecticut Judges’ Institute and he is a member of the Judicial Department Education Committee.

Governor Rell appointed Judge Danaher to serve as commissioner of the Department of Public Safety in March 2007 where he served until May 9, 2010.  In that capacity, Judge Danaher was responsible for the three divisions of the department: the Connecticut State Police, the State Forensic Laboratory, and the Division of Fire, Emergency and Building Services. Numerous significant cases arose during Judge Danaher’s tenure as commissioner including the Cheshire home invasion case in which three members of the Petit family were murdered (July 2007); the murder of Yale University graduate student Annie Le (September 2009); and the Kleen Energy power plant explosion in which six men were killed (February 2010).  Following the Cheshire home invasion case, Governor Rell appointed Judge Danaher to serve on a commission charged with making improvements to criminal justice information systems. Following the Kleen Energy explosion, Governor Rell appointed Judge Danaher to serve on a commission charged with determining the cause and origin of the explosion.

Judge Danaher worked in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut from 1986 to 2007. He served in a variety of capacities with that office, including service as the Deputy United States Attorney and, thereafter, as the United States Attorney from May 2001 through November 2002. During his tenure he co-founded a Crimes Against Children Working Group, served as Antiterrorism Advisory Council Coordinator, International Security Coordinator, Ethics Advisor, Crisis Management Coordinator, Supervisor for the Hartford Weed & Seed Operation, and was a member of the office’s Death Penalty Committee.

Judge Danaher participated in several notable matters, including the prosecution of a terrorist group known as Los Macheteros, an organization that claimed responsibility for various bombings and murders in Puerto Rico. Judge Danaher was a member of the team that prosecuted 19 members of Los Macheteros for the 1983 armed robbery of 7.1 million dollars from a Wells Fargo depot in West Hartford. In 1990, in recognition of his work in that case, Judge Danaher was called to Washington, where Attorney General Richard Thornburgh presented Judge Danaher with the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award. Judge Danaher also prosecuted the only “murder of a federal employee” case to have been brought in the District of Connecticut.

In addition to his career in public service, Judge Danaher served an associate attorney in the Trial Department of Day, Berry & Howard from 1981 to 1986. He began his legal career in 1980 as a law clerk for the Honorable T. Emmet Clarie in the United States District Court, District of Connecticut. Judge Danaher holds a B.A. from Fairfield University, an MA from the University of Hartford, and a J.D. from the UConn School of Law, where he served as executive editor of the Connecticut Law Review.

Photos from the 2012 Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner
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The University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association, Inc. held its Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on October 10, 2012 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, where a packed house gathered to recognize the distinguished careers of this year’s honorees: Evan D. Flaschen ’82, the recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award; former Law School Dean Jeremy Paul, who received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award; Chief Justice (ret.) Ellen Ash Peters, who was presented with the Medal of Excellence; and Public Service Award recipient Pedro E. Segarra ’85, mayor of the City of Hartford.

Distinguished Graduate Award Winners

1971  Thomas J. Meskill ’56
1972  Douglass B. Wright ’37
1973  Louis Shapiro ’32
1974  Alva P. Loiselle ’43
1975  Carl W. Nielsen ’52
1976  Anthony V. DeMayo ’51
1977  Carmine R. Lavieri ’48
1978  T. Emmet Clarie ’38
1979  Joseph W. Bogdanski ’40
1980  Robert N. Giaimo ’44
1981  Lewis B. Rome ’57
1982  James F. English, Jr. ’56
1984  William R. Davis ’55
1985  Hugh F. Keefe ’67
1986  James J. Kennelly ’59
1987  Richard D. Tulisano ’69
1988  Dale P. Faulkner ’63
1989  John F. Droney ’73
1990  Francisco L. Borges ’78
1991  Thomas H. Dooley ’64
1992  Robert R. Googins ’61
1993  Hubert J. Santos ’69
1994  Thomas D. Ritter ’77
1995  Members of the Judiciary
1996  Randall Pinkston ’80
1997  Richard N. Palmer ’77
1998  Rosemary E. Giuliano ’78
1999  Daniel F. Flynn ’62
2000  Joette Katz ’77
2001  William H. Trachsel ’71
2002  Dona D. Young ’80
2003  Thomas J. Groark, Jr. ’65
2004  John H. Durham ’75
2005  Alphonso E. Tindall, Jr. ’81
2006  Hope C. Seeley ’89
2007  Christopher F. Droney ’79
2008  Kevin J. O'Connor ’92
2009  Christine S. Vertefeuille ’75
2010  James Sicilian ’81
2011  James K. Robertson, Jr. ’74
2012  Evan D. Flaschen ’82
2013  Michael L. Aresco '76

Distinguished Service Award Winners

1974  Aaron Nassau
1975  George F. Sherwood ’66
1986  Phillip I. Blumberg
1987  Howard R. Sacks
1988  Thomas C. McKone ’49
1989  Ethel S. Sorokin ’53
1990  George Schatzki
1991  Peter A. Lane ’67
1992  Cornelius J. Scanlon
1993  Ellen Ash Peters
1994  Robert C. Zampano
1997  David W. Collins ’58
1998  Robert J. Callahan
1999  John C. Brittain
2000  Hugh C. Macgill
2001  Dr. Henry C. Lee
2002  Barbara B. Kennelly
2003  Donna F. Martinez ’78
2004  James D. Bartolini ’75
2005  Alfred V. Covello ’60
2006  Nell Jessup Newton
2007  Kurt A. Strasser
2008  Rafael A. Santiago ’83
2009  Alan E. Green ’74
2009  Laurie S. Werling
2010  William R. Breetz
2011  Alexandra Davis DiPentima ’79
2012  Jeremy Paul
2013  Willajeanne F. McLean

Medal of Excellent Award Winners

1974  George F. Muir ’39
1975  William R. Davis ’55
1987  Robert W. Fiondella ’68
1988  William S. Zeman ’41
1989  Wesley W. Horton ’70
1990  William B. Rush ’59
2004  Ralph Gregory Elliot
2008  William F. Gallagher ’63
2010  Anthony V. DeMayo ’51
2012  The Honorable Ellen Ash Peters

Public Service Award Winners

1974  Robert C. Leuba ’60
1975  William D. Graham ’49
1987  Anne M. Hamilton ’73 and Rosalind S. Katz ’78
1988  Eunice S. Groark ’65
1989  Robert I. Berdon ’57
1990  Thomas P. Smith ’72
2006  Joan Glazer Margolis ’78
2007  Michael R. Sheldon
2009  Nora R. Dannehy
2012  Pedro E. Segarra ’85
2013  John A. Danaher, III '80