Annual Meetings & Awards


Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner - October 29, 2014

The University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association, Inc. thanks the following for their generosity in buying tables in support  of the 2014 Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner:

2014 Award Winners
James T. Shearin '86: Distinguished Graduate Award

James T. (Tim) Shearin is chairman of Pullman & Comley LLC. He has wide-ranging experience in federal and state courts, at both the trial and appellate levels, and before arbitration and mediation boards. He represents clients in the areas of commercial and business, intellectual property, Internet piracy and computer crimes, banking, securities, antitrust, products liability and general civil litigation. 

Shearin has lectured and written on the constitutionality of Connecticut’s Prejudgment Remedy Statute, the “ins and outs” of civil forfeitures, lender-liability law, federal discovery rules, implications of expert disclosure in federal court, limitations of technical advancements in the practice of law, rules and practices governing the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, the means by which to secure federal judgments, medical malpractice liability for HMOs, defense of covenant not to compete cases, Markman hearings, the federal jurisdiction of national banks, federal court practice and procedure, expert witnesses, settlement conferences and mediation in the federal court, case management, the art of written and oral advocacy and adhesion contracts. Shearin is also an American Arbitration Association-qualified arbitrator.

Barbara J. Collins '78: Distinguished Service Award

Barbara J. Collins is a solo practitioner in Hartford. Also a graduate of the NYS School of Industrial Relations at Cornell University, she has for over thirty-five years represented labor unions, individual employees and multi-employer pension and health and welfare trust funds in labor and employment matters. Since 2000 she also has been an arbitrator and mediator in the labor and employment area. 

Collins is a former president of the Connecticut Bar Association along with being a member and former Chair of the CBA Executive Board of the Human Rights and Responsibility, and the Labor and Employment Sections. She was on the House of the Delegates for the CBA for over ten years, Chair of the CBA Human Rights Section and on the Executive Board of the CBA Workers' Compensation Section. In addition, she is a member of the Steering Committee and Chair of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (Central Connecticut Chapter), a joint labor and management organization which sponsors approximately five lectures a year on topics of interest to labor and management. She also is a member of the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association. From 2000 to 2012 she was an arbitrator for the State of Connecticut Board of Mediation and Arbitration representing the interests of labor.  In 2012 she was appointed to the Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations as one of three Board members. 

Since 2000 Collins has served on the Board of Directors of The University of Connecticut School of Alumni Association, including one term as president. For the last 11 years she has been President of the Rockledge Women’s Golf Group in West Hartford and in October 2013 she began a two year term as President of the Southern New England Women’s Golf Association (SNEWGA). She also is a Professional Ski Instructor Association certified ski instructor and for over ten years ran the Weekend Children Ski Program at Ski Sundown, New Hartford, CT. 


Harry D.Weller '79: Public Service Award

Harry Weller has worked for almost 30 years as an appellate prosecutor in the Office of The Chief State’s Attorney. In his career he has handled every type of criminal case, from marijuana possession to capital crimes.

Weller was the lead appellate attorney in Connecticut’s first death penalty case, State v. Michael Ross, and was again lead appellate attorney in his second full appeal until Ross’ execution on May 13, 2005. Weller has been either lead attorney or consultant on every capital case prosecuted in Connecticut since 1994. He also has handled many high-profile appeals for the state.

Weller has received many awards for his advocacy, including Prosecutor of the Year in 2005. He has lectured both state and local prosecutors on some of the more complicated issues they would face, especially in capital litigation. He also has taught legal research and writing at UConn Law School and for two years taught the Prosecutor’s Criminal Appellate Clinic at Quinnipiac University School of Law.

Weller and his family are members of Beth David Synagogue in West Hartford where he has served as the shul’s co-president and presently is vice-president, chair of the Ritual Committee and Gabbai rishon. He also serves on the Judaic Studies Committee of the Hebrew Academy from which both of his daughters graduated.

Presently, he lives in West Hartford with his wife Robyn, a teacher for 30 years in Granby Connecticut. His daughter Sarah, son-in-law Yossi and grandson Natan Gavriel live in Jerusalem. Sarah is a school teacher and Yossi a licensed Israeli tour guide. His younger daughter Elayna is a nurse that the Charter Oak Clinic in Hartford. 

Photos from the 2013 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 29, 2013 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, where a packed house gathered to recognize the distinguished careers of this year’s honorees: Michael L. Aresco '76, the recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award; former Law School Interim Dean Willajeanne F. McLean, who received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award; and Public Service Award recipient John A. Danaher, III '80.

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
2014  James T. Shearin '86

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
2014  Barbara J. Collins '78

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
2014   Harry D.Weller '79