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.
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.