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.
In spring 2017, Yannick joined UConn as the Director of Admissions. He manages the JD admissions at the law school. Yannick comes to UConn Law with several years of law school admissions and student recruitment experience. He has presented at conferences throughout the country on issues relating to advising first-generation law school students, the value of a personal statement, and the importance of diversification in the legal community. Yannick received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. Later, he received his law degree from Florida A&M University. Yannick is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University. He is also a member of the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors.
Deb Funke has worked in the Office of Admissions for 10 years. Her responsibilities include arranging travel and registration for recruiting events; organizing open houses and pipeline events; hiring and supervising student employees; granting fee waivers; and answering questions from prospective, admitted, and waitlisted applicants via phone and email. Deb also coordinates class visits between professors and applicants.
Rachele Torres has worked in admissions for more than 20 years. She is responsible for all facets of an applicant’s file. Among other things, she is responsible for all statistical data released by the Admissions Office. Rachele currently maintains the Admissions website, ACES2, and works closely with outside agencies such as the Law School Admission Council on various projects. Additionally, she is the liaison to other offices on the law school 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.
Pat Carbray is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Office of International Programs and Insurance Law Center. She processes applications for the LL.M. and S.J.D. programs, coordinates the distance learning program, facilitates immigration documents, and assists students with many matters during their program. Pat also organizes symposia and many other events throughout the year. She received her associates in science degree from Bryant College in 1976.
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.
Carrie Field is the primary contact for all individuals inquiring about the LL.M. program in U.S. Legal Studies as well as applicants and newly-admitted students to the program. She is also the contact for students interested in international exchange programs, whether as outbound UConn Law students or as inbound international students from UConn Law's many exchange partners. Carrie additionally coordinates the visiting scholars program and, in conjunction with the Storrs campus, provides all international visitors with immigration support. Carrie earned her J.D. at UConn Law in 2007, was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in November 2007 and practiced at Pullman & Comley, LLC until joining the Law School in July of 2013.
Yan Hong, as Director of Graduate Admissions, works to develop and implement the graduate admissions strategies to attract a highly qualified and diverse student body to assure continued academic excellence at UConn Law and the enrichment of the legal profession. Yan manages and performs various tasks related to the admissions program, ranging from counseling prospective students, recruiting and admitting students during all phases of the admissions cycle. Yan Hong received her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Brigham Young University and her B.A. from Sichuan International Studies University in China.