The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Chad A. Dever '05, an attorney with Cantor & Colburn who taught patent law as an adjunct professor at UConn School of Law, died June 12, 2018. Read his obituary.
Patent attorney Timothy S. Cieslak '12 has joined Murtha Cullina LLP as an associate in the firm's Hartford office. He is an experienced patent attorney with a background in mechanical engineering who works primarily preparing and prosecuting patent applications. He is a member of the bar in Connecticut and a patent agent registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Leni D. Battaglia '05 has been elected a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, effective Oct. 1, 2018. He is a member of the firm's Labor and Employment Practice in its New York office. His work primarily involves defending clients in employment litigation and arbitration.
Lynn Blackwell '87, a division chief at the state Department of Motor Vehicles, died on June 7, 2018. Read her obituary.
The seventh novel by James Hankins '98, titled A Blood Thing, was released on June 5, 2018, by Thomas & Mercer. Hankins' previous books are The Inside Dark, Shady Cross, The Prettiest One, Brothers and Bones, Jack of Spades, and Drawn.
Melissa Malone '05 has been named town administrator in Natick, Massachusetts. She previously served as chief operating officer of the city of Providence, Rhode Island, and founded M2 Consulting, which handles contract analysis, project management, planning and policy issues.
Jason A. LaBerteaux '11 has joined the New York City Office of Scarinci Hollenbeck as counsel in the firm's Intellectual Property practice. He is an experienced patent attorney admitted to the bar in New York and Connecticut and for the the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. District Court of Connecticut and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
Robert Kiley '87 will be ordained as a permanent deacon at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph on June 2, 2018. Kiley, along with five other men also being ordained Saturday, will join more than 175 active deacons of the Archdiocese of Hartford. Kiley works as a principal attorney, defending health care providers in medical malpractices cases, at Danaher Lagnese, PC.
The Connecticut Law Tribune recognized Aigne Goldsby '16, Nisha Kapur '14, Aaron Levy '06, and Stephen Napier '09 as 2018 New Leaders in the Law at an awards dinner on May 24, 2018, in Hartford. The annual award recognizes Connecticut lawyers under the age of 40 who have demonstrated excellence in the courtroom and in client services.
William Davis '55 and Claudia Baio '89 were recognized as 2018 Distinguished Leaders by the Connecticut Law Tribune. The award is given annually to lawyers who achieve a major accomplishment during the year while demonstrating strong leadership skills. The Tribune's fourth annual awards dinner was held May 24, 2018 in Hartford.