The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
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.
Jeannine Lewis '05 was sworn inas the District 33 Probate Court judge on July 23, 2018. Lewis won a special election for the seat and will officially take over for retiring Judge Terrance Lomme on July 30, 2018. Previously, Lewis worked in private practice with a specialty in probate law. The court serves the towns of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook.
The following alumni have been elected 2018 Fellows of the Connecticut Bar Foundation: Marsha Anastasia '92 of Pitney Bowes Inc; John Andreini '79 of the Law Offices of John M. Andreini; Richard Casher '76 of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP; Edwin Colon '09 of Berchem Moses PC; Karen Dowd '91 of Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque PC; Dara Goings '05 of Ruel Ruel Goings & Britt LLC; David Hardy '99 of Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP; Karen Hart '97 of Leete, Kosto & Wizner LLP; Robert Melvin '91 of Robinson+Cole; Keisha Palmer '09 of Robinson+Cole; James Ray '92 of Robison+Cole; James Ruel '99 of Ruel Ruel Goings & Britt LLC; Dana Hrelic '08 of Horton, Dowd, Barschi & Levesque PC; Judge Joseph Schwartz '07 of the Connecticut Superior Court; Cheryl Sharp '93 of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities; Michael Thompson '91 of Wiggin and Dana LLP; S. Dave Vatti '92 of the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut; and Latonia Williams '09 of Shipman & Goodwin LLP. The new fellows were chosen in recognition of their exemplary professionalism and advancement of the legal practice.
Odilon Borges Neto LLM '05 will speak on a panel discussing compliance issues in Latin American law at the 11th West Coast Conference on FCPA Enforcement and Compliance in San Francisco. He will speak on a September 25, 2018 panel called, “Ask the Experts: Risk-ranking in Latin America."
The Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District announced Philip Pires '08 was appointed chair of its board of commissioners, effective July 1, 2018. Pires currently works as a principal attorney at Cohen and Wolf, where he specializes in land use and zoning law.
Gregory Smith '09 has been named chief operating officer of Cutler Capital Management, an investment management firm based in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was previously the director for alternative investments at Barings LLC.
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.
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.