The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has appointed Pedro Segarra '85 as commissioner of the state workers' compensation commission. Segarra served as mayor of Hartford from 2010-2015. Prior to his appointment, Segarra worked for the firm Shimkus, Murphy and Rosenberger in Hartford.
Homer G. Scoville '56, a long-time family lawyer and Connecticut senator, died on July 16, 2018. Read his obituary.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has appointed Kevin O'Connor '92 to serve on the UConn Board of Trustees. O'Connor graduated from UConn Law in 1992 with high honors and was recognized with the Distinguished Graduate Award. O'Connor served as an associate attorney general under President George W. Bush from 2008-2009. Most recently, O'Connor works as chief legal counsel for Point 72 in Stamford, Connecticut.
Roberta Lalama, a justice of the peace and notary public, died on June 18, 2018. Read her obituary.
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.