The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Denise R. Polivy '97, a former federal clerk and longtime Connecticut bankrupcty attorney, died on November 29, 2018. Read her obituary.
Thomas Groark Jr. '65, a former prominent social justice advocate and longtime Hartford attorney, died on November 16, 2018. Read his obituary.
The Connecticut Environmental Forum appointed Emily Deans '15 to its board of directors on November 26, 2018. Deans is an associate at Robinson & Cole LLP, where she is a member of the firm's Environmental, Energy & Telecommunications Group. The Connecticut Environmental Forum provides a space for sharing stories and information for environmental professionals.
The Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association honored Stephen Clancy '05 with its Rising Star award on November 12, 2018. The award is given annually to a civil defense lawyer who exhibits strong potential for leadership in the future. Clancy is a partner at Robinson & Cole LLP, where he is a member of the firm's Litigation Section, as well as its Insurance & Reinsurance Practice Group.
Richard M. Sheridan '68, a former assistant attorney general for the state of Connecticut, died on November 6, 2018. Read his obituary.
Day Pitney has announced that Daniel Gottfried '04 will rejoin the firm as a partner in its Corporate and Business Law Department. Gottfried previously worked at Day Pitney as an associate, before he joined Hinckley Allen, where he was named a partner. Additionally, Gottfried has assumed the role of chair of Day Pitney's International Transactions practice. He will work out of the firm's Hartford office.
Karen Richards '82 has been appointed to the State of Vermont's new Racial Equity Advisory Panel. Richards, along with four other appointees, are tasked with advising the governor on strategies for remedying systemic racial disparities statewide and recommending candidates for state leadership roles. Richards was appointed by the Vermont Human Rights Commission, which she previously served as executive director.
Andrés Avila, LLM '17, has joined Saxe Doernberger & Vita PC as an associate in the firm's Northeast office in Trumbull, Connecticut. The firm represents policyholders in insurance coverage disputes.
MendenFreimen LLP has announced that Brian Annino '03 will join the firm's Atlanta office as a senior associate attorney. Annino will specialize in business law, estate planning and trust, and estate administration matters. Annino previously owned his own practice, the Annino Law Firm, a general practice firm also in the greater Atlanta area.
Ice Miller LLP, a general practice firm with locations in many major U.S. cities, announced that Daniel Drobnick '12 will join the firm's Columbus, Ohio, office. Drobnick, who previously worked at Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, another Ohio-based firm, will join Ice Miller's Business Group, where he will primarily serve corporate clients.