The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
John Mooney '13, a combat veteran of Iraq, submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts in support of a veteran who was suffering from PTSD when he was charged with driving under the influence of drugs. The court’s opinion, which acknowledged Mooney’s brief, concluded that judges may divert some veterans accused of driving under the influence to rehabilitation programs before their trials. The unanimous opinion in Commonwealth v. Joel D. Morgan was released April 18, 2017. Mooney, a solo practitioner in Somerville, Mass., is a former U.S. Army field artillery captain who served in Iraq from 2005 to 2006.
Gregory D'Auria '88 was sworn in April 10, 2017, as a justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court after 23 years in the Office of the Attorney General. D'Auria earned a bachelor's degree in political science from UConn in 1985 and juris doctor from UConn School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Connecticut Journal of International Law, in 1988. He joins four other UConn Law alumni on the state’s highest court: associate justices Dennis G. Eveleigh ’72, Andrew J. McDonald ’91 and Richard N. Palmer ‘77, and senior justice Christine S. Vertefeuille ’75. Read more
Jem Sponzo '06 and her husband Brad Stewart welcomed their daughter Maeve Mulcahy Stewart on July 6, 2016. In February 2017, Jem was appointed by the United States Attorney General as a federal Immigration Judge, sitting in New York City.
Mohamed Arafa LLM '08 spoke at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan, on March 28, 2017. Arafa is now an assistant professor of criminal law at Alexandria University Faculty of Law and adjunct professor of Islamic law & Middle Eastern legal studies at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Arafa's talk, entitled Terrorism Under International Criminal Law: Egypt’s War on Terrorism-Quo Vadis? addressed international law on terrorism in relation to the situation in Egypt and unrest in other parts of the Middle East.
Scott N. Siedor '14 has been appointed to the Channel 3 Kids Camp Board of Directors. The year-round camp seeks to promote diversity, acceptance and environmental appreciation to children and families. Siedor, who is a lawyer in Robinson+Cole's Business Transactions Group, focuses his practice on all aspects of corporate and transactional law.
Nancy J. Shestack ’81, an immigration lawyer who lived in Washington D.C., died Sept. 20, 2016. Read her obituary.
Lucy Arecco ’98 has been appointed the Greenwich High School Bella House administrator and Social Studies Program Administrator. After graduating from UConn School of Law, Arecco practiced in the private sector as an associate attorney for five years before beginning to teach Social Studies at Greenwich High School in 2004.
Marcia M. Escobedo ’06 has been named Of Counsel in Cohen and Wolf’s Bridgeport office in the Employment & Labor, Family Law and Litigation groups. Escobedo specializes in family law litigation, divorce mediation, private and public employers and employment litigation.
Meghana Shah ’04 has been selected to participate in the 2017 Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, which is designed to connect high-potential attorneys with leaders in the legal field. Shah, a partner at Eversheds Sutherland, specializes in domestic and international litigation and investigations in such areas as energy and environment, insurance and finance, toxic torts, and food and beverage.