Dean's Office
Dean Eboni S. Nelson
Eboni S. Nelson
Dean and Professor of Law, Dean's Office
Office: Chase 103
Phone: 860-570-5127

Eboni S. Nelson became dean of the University of Connecticut School of Law on July 31, 2020. She came to UConn from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she taught for 13 years and served from 2018 to 2020 as the associate dean for academic affairs. Her scholarship focuses on education law and policy.

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Karen DeMeola
Assistant Dean for Finance, Administration, and Enrollment, Dean's Office
Office: Chase 104
Phone: 860-570-5086

Karen is the Assistant Dean for Finance, Administration, and Enrollment at the UConn School of LawShe 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.

Chris Schuck
Assistant to the Dean, Dean's Office
Office: Chase 103
Phone: 860-570-5127

Chris provides administrative support to the dean, including calendar management, meeting coordination and travel preparation. She is responsible for the planning and implementation of the tenure and reappointment process and the provost's annual report, and she assists in administrative planning and evaluation of policies, procedures, and services provided by the Law School.

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Kristina Santasiere
Administrative Coordinator, Dean's Office
Office: Chase 104
Phone: 860-570-5130

Kristina provides direct support to the Assistant Dean for Finance, Administration and Enrollment and manages administrative functions in the Deans’ suite.  In addition, she supervises student support staff; serves as liaison to the university offices on campus including but not limited to Parking Services, Facilities, UConn Police, and Dining Services; maintains and monitors department/unit budget and records; screens incoming mail and telephone calls; and serves as a resource to students, staff and others regarding policies and procedures.