The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Jeffrey White '03 is among six business leaders to receive the Connecticut District Export Council 2020 Ambassador Award. The Ambassador Award is given to recognize and appreciate outstanding contributions and leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic in service to the region’s exporters and manufacturers. White is currently serving on the CTDEC for the 2020-2022 term, as appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and has been noted as one of the most active DEC members this year.
Maple Leaves Sports & Entertainment has hired Teri Dennis-Davies '98 as their senior vice-president of equity, diversity, and inclusion, the company announced September 16, 2020. Dennis-Davies spent the last 14 years with the Royal Bank of Canada, most recently as the vice-president of employee relations. She will start her new position on October 19, 2020.
Je'Quana Orr '18 will co-present the Connecticut Bar Association's webinar, "Women and the Legal Profession over the Decades", during the Connecticut Legal Conference. The event will be held on September 16, 2020 and will discuss how the legal profession has changed as it relates to women, what still needs to be done for women in the profession, and how to further gear the legal profession toward inclusivity and diversity.
David Rosado '07 is joining the Hartford-based law firm, Rose Kallor, the firm announced in September, 2020. Rosado, the former Hartford Police Chief, will work with clients in the public and private sectors on compliance with state laws.
Christopher Cerami '13 and Heidi McGee '92 have joined the Shelton, Connecticut-based firm Willinger, Willinger, & Bucci P.C. as associates, the firm announced August 21, 2020.
The Shelton, Connecticut-based law firm Willinger, Willinger & Bucci announced they have promoted attorney James A. Lenes '91 to partner August 21, 2020. Lenes, who is a general practice lawyer, has worked for the firm since 2010.
The Connecticut General Assembly's Judiciary Committee voted on Aug. 17, 2020 to confirm the interim judicial appointment of Christine E. Keller '77 to the Connecticut Supreme Court. Gov. Ned Lamont nominated her on July 20, 2020 to fill the vacancy left by retired Justice Richard Palmer, who also graduated in the UConn Law Class of 1977. Keller has served as a judge on the Connecticut Appellate Court since 2013. She previously served on the Superior Court beginning in 1993. The full legislature will vote on her confirmation after the next regular legislative session begins in January.
Drexel University College of Medicine has named Karen Restifo '11 vice dean of Drexel University College of Medicine’s Tower Health campus, effective September 1, 2020. Before joining Drexel, Restifo served as associate dean of student affairs at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.
Karen Sills '06 has been included in Hartford Business Journal's 2020 40 under 40 young professionals in Connecticut list. Sills is vice president and corporate counsel at Prudential Financial, where she has worked since 2011. The 40 Under Forty Award recognizes 40 young professionals in the Greater Hartford area who are excelling in leadership roles.