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Annual Meetings & Awards

The Board of Directors of The University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association Inc. invites all alumni to its Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Oct. 28, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry St., Plantsville, Connecticut. Please visit our registration page to sign up.

2015 Award Winners
Justice Andrew J. McDonald '91: Distinguished Graduate Award
Andrew McDonald

Andrew J. McDonald was sworn in as an associate justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court in January 2013 after a long career of public service and private practice. He served as general counsel for the Office of the Governor for the State of Connecticut from 2011 to 2013, and as a state senator from 2003 to 2011, representing Stamford and Darien in the 27th District. He served as the senate chairman of the Judiciary Committee for all eight years he was in the General Assembly and during periods of his legislative career also served as the senate vice chairman of the Energy and Technology Committee and as member of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, the Transportation Committee, the Education Committee and the Regulations Review Committee. From 2005 to 2011 he served as deputy majority leader of the Senate.

From 1991 to 2011, McDonald practiced law, first as an associate and then as a partner, with the firm of Pullman & Comley, LLC. He was a commercial litigator and handled all stages of litigation in federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate levels. From January of 1999 to July of 2002, he also served as the director of legal affairs and corporation counsel for the City of Stamford. Earlier in his career, he served on the Stamford Board of Finance, including serving as the board's chairman, and as co-chair of the Audit Committee. He began his public service career in 1993 as a member of the Stamford Board of Representatives, where he served until 1995.

Martha Stone: Distinguished Service Award
Martha Stone

Martha Stone is the founder and executive director of the Center for Children’s Advocacy, a non-profit law office dedicated to enforcing the legal rights of poor children who fall through the cracks of the child abuse, education, health and juvenile justice systems. Stone has led the growth of the organization statewide and now oversees a legal staff of 11 attorneys in Hartford, Bridgeport and New Haven. She has developed innovative and unique models of legal representation, where the center's attorneys are located inside hospitals and high schools. Most recently, she oversaw the launch of a Mobile Legal Office to reach homeless teens, only the second in the country. 

Prior to founding the center in 1997, she was associate director of children’s rights in New York, and, for 18 years previous to that was legal director of the Connecticut Civil Liberties Union, now the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut. She is an adjunct professor of law at UConn School of Law, where she teaches Child Advocacy. She has served as co-chair of the Connecticut Legislature’s Families with Service Needs Advisory Board and helped form the Disproportionate Minority Contact Committees in Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport in collaboration with state and local government agencies in an effort to reduce the overrepresentation of youth of color in the juvenile justice system.

Judge Susan B. Handy '80: Public Service Award
Susan Handy

Susan B. Handy is a senior judge, sitting in the New London Judicial District on both civil and criminal matters.  During her tenure on the bench, she has served as chief administrative judge of criminal matters, administrative judge of the New London Judicial District and presiding judge of civil and criminal matters in both the New London and New Britain Judicial Districts. She serves as a member of the Criminal Jury Instruction Committee, co-chairs the Events Subcommittee of the Judicial Media Committee and serves on the pre-bench faculty for the education of newly appointed judges. She is a past member of the Judicial Rules Committee, the Judicial Executive Committee, and the Judicial Review Council. is a member of the New London County Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association, where she continues to serve on its Civics Education Committee.

After graduation from UConn School of Law, Handy joined the law firm of Conway, Londregan, Leuba, McNamara, and Sussler in the Mystic office. Her practice primarily focused on civil litigation, including representation of the Gannett Company, and serving as town attorney in Stonington, North Stonington, Bozrah and Groton Long Point. She remained in private practice until early 1993, when she was confirmed as a judge of the Superior Court.

Robert M. Langer '73: Medal of Excellence

Robert M. Langer is a partner in the Litigation Department and co-chair of the Antitrust and Consumer Protection Practice Group at Wiggin and Dana, LLP, in Hartford.  He is involved in all aspects of antitrust, consumer protection and trade regulation counseling and litigation, including class actions, representing clients in both federal and state courts, and before the Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice and offices of state attorneys general throughout the United States.

Before joining Wiggin and Dana in 1994, Langer was the assistant attorney general in charge of the Antitrust and Consumer Protection Department of the Office of the Connecticut Attorney General and served as Chair of the National Association of Attorneys General Multistate Antitrust Task Force from 1990 to 1992.  He has participated in more than 20 cases in the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Connecticut Appellate Court involving interpretation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act and the Connecticut Antitrust Act, as well as numerous landmark antitrust cases in the U.S. Supreme Court.  He has written more than 60 articles on a variety of antitrust, consumer protection, constitutional law and health care topics, spoken on many hundreds of occasions on such topics throughout the country, and is the co-author of "Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust," Vol. 12 of the Conn. Practice Series.  He currently serves as Chair of the Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law and is an adjunct professor of law at UConn School of Law.


Distinguished Graduate Award Winners

2014  James T. Shearin '86
2013  Michael L. Aresco '76
2012  Evan D. Flaschen ’82
2011  James K. Robertson, Jr. ’74
2010  James Sicilian ’81
2009  Christine S. Vertefeuille ’75
2008  Kevin J. O'Connor ’92
2007  Christopher F. Droney ’79
2006  Hope C. Seeley ’89
2005  Alphonso E. Tindall, Jr. ’81
2004  John H. Durham ’75
2003  Thomas J. Groark, Jr. ’65
2002  Dona D. Young ’80
2001  William H. Trachsel ’71
2000  Joette Katz ’77
1999  Daniel F. Flynn ’62
1998  Rosemary E. Giuliano ’78
1997  Richard N. Palmer ’77
1996  Randall Pinkston ’80
1995  Members of the Judiciary
1994  Thomas D. Ritter ’77
1993  Hubert J. Santos ’69
1992  Robert R. Googins ’61
1991  Thomas H. Dooley ’64
1990  Francisco L. Borges ’78
1989  John F. Droney ’73
1988  Dale P. Faulkner ’63
1987  Richard D. Tulisano ’69
1986  James J. Kennelly ’59
1985  Hugh F. Keefe ’67
1984  William R. Davis ’55
1982  James F. English, Jr. ’56
1981  Lewis B. Rome ’57
1980  Robert N. Giaimo ’44
1979  Joseph W. Bogdanski ’40
1978  T. Emmet Clarie ’38
1977  Carmine R. Lavieri ’48
1976  Anthony V. DeMayo ’51
1975  Carl W. Nielsen ’52
1974  Alva P. Loiselle ’43
1973  Louis Shapiro ’32
1972  Douglass B. Wright ’37
1971  Thomas J. Meskill ’56

Distinguished Service Award Winners

2014  Barbara J. Collins '78
2013  Willajeanne F. McLean
2012  Jeremy Paul
2011  Alexandra Davis DiPentima ’79
2010  William R. Breetz
2009  Laurie S. Werling
2009  Alan E. Green ’74
2008  Rafael A. Santiago ’83
2007  Kurt A. Strasser
2006  Nell Jessup Newton
2005  Alfred V. Covello ’60
2004  James D. Bartolini ’75
2003  Donna F. Martinez ’78
2002  Barbara B. Kennelly
2001  Dr. Henry C. Lee
2000  Hugh C. Macgill
1999  John C. Brittain
1998  Robert J. Callahan
1997  David W. Collins ’58
1994  Robert C. Zampano
1993  Ellen Ash Peters
1992  Cornelius J. Scanlon
1991  Peter A. Lane ’67
1990  George Schatzki
1989  Ethel S. Sorokin ’53
1988  Thomas C. McKone ’49
1987  Howard R. Sacks
1986  Phillip I. Blumberg
1975  George F. Sherwood ’66
1974  Aaron Nassau

Medal of Excellence Award Winners

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

Public Service Award Winners

2014   Harry D.Weller '79
2013  John A. Danaher, III '80
2012  Pedro E. Segarra ’85
2009  Nora R. Dannehy
2007  Michael R. Sheldon
2006  Joan Glazer Margolis ’78
1990  Thomas P. Smith ’72
1989  Robert I. Berdon ’57
1988  Eunice S. Groark ’65
1987  Anne M. Hamilton ’73 and Rosalind S. Katz ’78
1975  William D. Graham ’49
1974  Robert C. Leuba ’60