Alumni Association Announces 2018 Awards

banquet hall at 2017 Law School Alumni Association awards dinner
Alumni Association Announces 2018 Awards
September 4, 2018
Hartford, CT

Retired Judge Anne C. Dranginis '72, Connecticut Deputy Attorney General Perry Zinn-Rowthorn '97 and UConn Law Professor Jon Bauer will be honored next month with awards from The University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association.

Anne C. Dranginis
Distinguished Graduate Award: The Honorable Anne C. Dranginis ’72

Judge Anne C. Dranginis retired in 2006 as an associate judge of the Connecticut Appellate Court after serving more than 21 years on the Superior and Appellate Court benches to become a principal at a Pullman & Comley LLC. She serves in leadership positions of many prestigious organizations and in 2016 was elected president of the Hartford County Bar Association.

Perry Zinn-Rowthorn
Public Service Award: Perry Zinn-Rowthorn ’97

Perry Zinn-Rowthorn has served since 2013 as deputy attorney general for the state of Connecticut. He joined the Office of the Attorney General in 1999 as an assistant attorney general and was appointed associate attorney general for litigation in 2009. He previously worked as a litigator in private practice and clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Robert N. Chatigny.

Jon Bauer
Distinguished Service Award: Professor Jon Bauer

Jon Bauer directs the law school’s Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, which has won grants of asylum or related forms of relief for more than 125 refugees who have fled persecution to seek asylum in the United States since 2002. Professor Bauer, a Yale Law School graduate, has been teaching and supervising students since 1988, when he joined the UConn faculty after four years with the Legal Action Center.

In addition, the association will honor four alumni with the new Graduates of the Last Decade Impact Award. The recipients are:

Donald J. Bell
Donald J. Bell ’13

Donald J. Bell is the director of black talent initiative for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. He previously served as counsel to ranking members of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, senators Richard Blumenthal and Jon Tester. While working on Capitol Hill, he was a leader in advocating for greater Senate staff diversity.

Walter Menjivar
Walter Menjivar ’12

Walter Menjivar is an assistant attorney general in the Health and Education Division of the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General. He has served as president of the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association and on the House of Delegates for the Connecticut Bar Association. He was recently nominated a James W. Cooper fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.

Meredith O’Keefe
Meredith O’Keefe ’08

Meredith O’Keefe is director of the Career Planning Center at UConn School of Law. She is president of the Connecticut Association of Legal Recruitment Administrators and former secretary of the Connecticut American Council on Education Women’s Network. She practiced law for several years as a litigation associate with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker in New York and a small litigation firm in Connecticut.

Matthew Ritter
Matthew Ritter '07

Matthew Ritter has represented the 1st Assembly District in Hartford in the state House of Representatives since 2010, and since January 2017 has served as house majority leader, the second ranking position in that chamber. He previously served for two years as the co-chair of the Public Health Committee. He practices law in the Hartford office of Shipman & Goodwin LLP.

The awards will be presented Oct. 16, 2018, at The University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner. It will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry St., Plantsville, Connecticut. More information and a registration link are available here.

The University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association serves all graduates of the UConn School of Law, cultivating a spirit of community and pride among those who have attended the law school and contributing to the advancement of the law school and the legal profession.