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.
Richard S. Kay serves as associate dean for research and faculty development. In this position, Dean Kay generally oversees the scholarly mission of the Law School. He attempts to ensure that faculty members have the resources they need to carry out their research and writing and provides support and guidance to untenured faculty. He facilitates faculty travel to conferences and other speaking engagements and assists in bringing in scholars from other institutions around the world. His duties also include dissemination of faculty scholarship and participation in the faculty appointments and tenure process.
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 received her undergraduate degree in psychology from UConn and her J.D. 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. Karen is admitted to practice in Connecticut and the Federal District Court, District of Connecticut. Karen has presented on numerous panels, conferences and symposia on diversifying law school populations; the intersectionality of race, class, gender, religion and sexual orientation; affirmative action and admissions; the Defense of Marriage Act; and numerous pipeline projects. Karen also serves as an adjunct professor teaching Critical Identity Theory.
Alan Ridnour has been with UConn School of Law since July 2015. As Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration, Alan has oversight of all financial and operational aspects of the school, including fiscal and business affairs, campus planning and human resources. Alan has more than 30 years’ experience in policy and resource management and operations in state and federal government and in higher education. He has master’s degrees in public administration and in national security and strategic studies.
Jennifer Cerny, Esq. is the director of student services. She works closely with student groups to coordinate campus events and promote student initiatives. In addition, she provides support for the Student Bar Association and works with individual students on time management and other law school issues. Jennifer also acts as a liaison between students, faculty and staff in addressing student needs at the Law School. Jennifer joined the student services staff in January 2011 after leaving her practice with a Hartford-based litigation law firm. She graduated from UConn Law in 2008 and received her undergraduate degree from New York University in 2002. While in New York City, Jennifer worked in business development for a large Wall Street financial company.
Jessica 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 J.D. 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 American Association of Law Libraries and Law Librarians of New England.
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, the Law School Foundation and its board of directors to attract the private funding that is vital to keeping the UConn Law School in the forefront of legal education.
Roberta received her bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University, a master's degree in counseling in higher education from Central Connecticut State University and her M.B.A. from UConn. She has served the Law School as director of student finance for many years. Roberta is the past-president for the Connecticut Association of Financial Aid Administrators and serves as a mentor to new financial aid professionals. She has presented on numerous local and national panels regarding financial aid, financial literacy and financial aid in the changing economic times. In addition, Roberta has served on University committees regarding financial aid good practices, the RFI process for lenders, the Financial Literacy Committee, and Red Flags Identity Theft Prevention Program Committee.
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.
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.
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.
Steve is the foundation administrator for The University of Connecticut Law School Foundation, Inc. (LSF). Steve’s financial duties include the preparation of the financial statements, with footnotes, which are audited annually by an external auditing firm. These financial statements are prepared in accordance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles). Steve prepares and files the Form 990 which is required by the IRS annually. Numerous state filings are done to satisfy individual state compliance laws. Steve reconciles all unrestricted, temporarily restricted and permanently restricted funds in bank and investment accounts to the general ledger. Steve functions as the liaison with the executive, audit, finance and investment committees of the LSF.
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.
Facilities operations staff are responsible for 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. Operations Division handles day-to-day maintenance, custodial and general upkeep of facilities on the Law School 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. To make a facilities request, please visit the Quick Links on the faculty/staff portal.
Jim oversees the Career Planning Center’s efforts to position students for success in the legal marketplace. He works with faculty, alums and employers to maximize the number of opportunities available to students. Before joining the Law School, he was a partner at Robinson & Cole in Hartford, where he focused on counseling clients and litigating environmental and products liability cases while serving as the hiring partner and diversity partner. He has been listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” in the area of Environmental Law since 2008 and is admitted to practice in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, the District of Connecticut, the Southern District of New York, and the Eastern District of New York. He began his career as an environmental engineer with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. Jim is a triple Husky, earning his BS in chemical engineering, his MBA and his J.D. from UConn.
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.