FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dean Timothy Fisher is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Brendan Maher as director of the Insurance Law Center at UConn School of Law.
Maher is a nationally recognized authority on pensions, health care, and insurance, and the statutes that govern them, including ERISA and the Affordable Care Act. He has written numerous groundbreaking articles in those fields and has appeared before the United States Supreme Court in cases establishing new rights in this important field. He teaches in the areas of employee benefits, business organizations and federal procedure.
The Insurance Law Center, established in 1998 with the help of an endowment from the major insurance companies of the Hartford area, is the preeminent source of scholarship and teaching in the field of insurance law in the Western Hemisphere. With more courses in the field of insurance than any other law school, and dozens in the overall realm of finance and business law, the center makes UConn the leading school for those who seek to advance their understanding of this $1.8 trillion field of the economy and the law that governs it. UConn provides an LL.M. degree program in insurance law, which draws students from around the world. The center also sponsors conferences on cutting-edge issues regarding insurance and offers training opportunities for insurance regulators as well as mid-career professionals.
“UConn School of Law, our students, and the industry and regulatory stakeholders in this field are all fortunate that Professor Maher has accepted the role of director of the Insurance Law Center,” Fisher said. “His unparalleled expertise and scholarship in the field will help drive the center’s mission to explore the role of insurance in society and contribute to its development.”
Maher, a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, is also a member of the Connecticut Retirement Security Board and a co-moderator of Connecticut's Forum on Healthcare Innovation. Last spring, he chaired the center’s conference “The Affordable Care Act Turns Five,” where former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius was the keynote presenter.
“I am truly honored to serve as director of the Insurance Law Center at UConn Law,” Maher said. “It is unquestionably the nation’s leading center for the study of insurance law and risk regulation, and a place that, consistent with the University of Connecticut’s ethos, combines cutting-edge scholarship with energetic community engagement. I look forward to continuing that admirable tradition—locally, nationally and globally.”
Peter Kochenburger has been named executive director of the Insurance LLM Program and deputy director of the Insurance Law Center.