Timothy Fisher became the 17th dean of the UConn School of Law on July 1, 2013 following thirty-five years in private practice. Prior to becoming dean, he taught at the Law School as an adjunct instructor. Dean Fisher's legal career has focused on the fields of ethics, alternate dispute resolution, commercial transactions, construction law, family wealth disputes, and municipal law. A graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, Dean Fisher has served in numerous public service and private sector leadership roles. He currently chairs the State’s Commission on Judicial Compensation.
Associate Dean Kirk directs all library operations and oversees information systems serving the entire Law School community. In June 2014, Dean Kirk's responsibilities were expanded to include academic affairs.
Paul Chill '85 became the Law School's first associate dean for clinical and experiential education in September 2013. He oversees the Law School's rich assortment of clinical programs as well as the individual externship program, first-year Lawyering Process, and several other experiential learning-based programs and activities. He also works with the associate dean for academic affairs to develop new clinical opportunities and promote innovative teaching methods in nonclinical courses.
Karen is the Assistant Dean for Finance, Administration, and Enrollment at the UConn School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from UConn and her JD from UConn Law. After graduation from law school, Karen was a civil rights litigator whose practice focused primarily on employment discrimination, police brutality and housing discrimination. While at UConn Law, she has been an adjunct professor teaching Critical Identity Theory and has presented on numerous panels, symposia and conferences on diversifying law school populations, implicit bias, intersectionality, inclusive leadership, and diversity and inclusion. Karen has also created numerous pipeline projects, including the CBA Pathways to Legal Careers Pipeline. Karen is the immediate past president of the Connecticut Bar Association.
Karen was the recipient of the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award; the CWEALF Maria Miller Stewart Award; the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities Constance Baker Motley Award for Business and Law; and the University of Connecticut Spirit Award.
Jennifer Cerny is the Assistant Dean of Students and oversees Student Affairs, which houses the departments of Student Services, Center for Career Development, Disability Services and Wellness. Jennifer joined UConn Law in 2011, after several years at private firms, where she focused her practice on commercial transactions, ADA compliance and insurance defense litigation. At the Law School, she develops a wide range of programs and initiatives, in addition to managing the daily and strategic operations for Student Affairs. Under her leadership, the departments place heavy emphasis on providing holistic services that complement the exceptional education provided in the classrooms at the Law School.
The Student Affairs team provides daily support and advises the student body on topics including wellness, diversity & inclusion, professionalism and disability services, among others. Additionally, the Student Services office provides oversight and guidance to 45+ student organizations and acts as a liaison between students, staff and faculty. Jennifer has held leadership positions in a number of professional and service organizations and has presented at national conferences on topics including disability accommodations, student services and the importance of owning one’s own narrative. Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree from New York University and worked for a Wall Street-based financial company, prior to obtaining her J. D. from UConn School of Law.
Jessica directs all library operations and oversees the day-to-day operations of the information technology systems, equipment and services for the law school campus. Jessica also teaches Advanced Legal Research and Law Practice & Technology at the Law School. She received her JD from Seattle University School of Law and her M.L.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Prior to arriving to UConn, Jessica was the Assistant Director for Academic Technology at The John Marshall Law School, and was responsible for managing classroom technology, distance education, and media services. She has also created and taught distance education courses at the University of Florida Law School and at The John Marshall Law School. Jessica is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and Law Librarians of New England (LLNE). She currently serves as Immediate Past Chair of the Computing Services Special Interest Section (CS-SIS) for AALL.
Ron and his staff work with alumni and other members of the Law School community who wish to support the advancement of the School through their philanthropy. They work collaboratively with the dean to attract the private funding that is vital to keeping the UConn Law School in the forefront of legal education.
Donna manages the day-to-day fiscal operations of the Law School, including purchasing, accounts payable/receivable and daily cash management operations. Donna also oversees the bursar functions related to student billing and accounts. She provides budgetary and financial support to the dean's office and all Law School departments by preparing and analyzing financial reports. Donna received her bachelor's degree in economics from UConn. She serves as the financial liaison to UConn's main campus.
Deb is responsible for the management of all large scale campus events, faculty conferences and workshops, law journal symposia and other events and oversees the space planning for the campus. She provides support to internal and external customers in the planning of their events including invitations, event calendar listings, catering and makes recommendations as necessary. She also works closely with the administration to provide recommendations on process improvements in accordance with the goals and objectives of the programs.
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 LLM in Insurance, the LLM in U.S. Legal Studies, and the Doctor of Laws (SJD). 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 JD from Harvard Law School.
Jeanne is responsible for publications, media relations, website content, event promotion and social media. She serves as managing editor for major Law School print and digital publications and represents the school in a public relations role. Jeanne joined the Law School staff in January 2015 after serving as communications director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut. She had previously been the online editor of The Hartford Courant.
Peter Lindseth has been director of International Programs since 2012. In that capacity, he oversees the Law School's U.S. Legal Studies LLM, SJD, 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 JD from Cornell and a Ph.D. in European history from Columbia.
In her role as director of admissions, Lauren is responsible for managing and directing JD recruitment, admissions, and related programming for the School of Law. She serves as the principle resource to students, faculty, and the public on all matters relating to JD admissions procedures; screens and evaluates all applications; and attends national venues designed to attract a diverse student population.
Lauren received her BA in English, with minors in psychology and law and society, from New York University and her JD from New York Law School. After graduation, Lauren specialized in intellectual property and contract law, with a focus on music industry transactions. Lauren is admitted to practice in New York.
Jim manages the execution and coordination of various services related to the law school's physical plant, grounds and related infrastructure with the goal of providing an environment that promotes quality education in a safe setting. Under his direction, the Operations Division handles day-to-day maintenance, custodial and general upkeep of facilities on campus. This includes repairs to building and building systems, minor renovation projects, operation of utility systems (water, heat, AC and electrical) sanitation and recycling, groundskeeping, events, snow and ice control and related activities.
Lisa has served as the registrar of the Law School since 1997 and has been in higher education administration since 1989. Lisa oversees the activities of the registrar's office including schedule preparation, registration, grades processing, degree conferral, exam administration and certification of attendance. As registrar, Lisa is the custodian of student records.
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Alison works in collaboration with the Law School Alumni Association, dean, UConn Foundation and UConn colleagues to provide programming, connections and volunteer opportunities for alumni. She received her undergraduate degree from UConn and her development career has been focused on supporting education and nonprofits.