Karen is the Assistant Dean for Finance, Administration, and Enrollment at the UConn School of Law. She 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. 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.
In her role as director of admissions, Lauren is responsible for managing and directing JD recruitment, admissions, and related programming for the School of Law. She serves as the principle resource to students, faculty, and the public on all matters relating to JD admissions procedures; screens and evaluates all applications; and attends national venues designed to attract a diverse student population.
Lauren received her BA in English, with minors in psychology and law and society, from New York University and her JD from New York Law School. After graduation, Lauren specialized in intellectual property and contract law, with a focus on music industry transactions. Lauren is admitted to practice in New York.
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.
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.