The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Minal Patel Davis '01 was honored with a Presidential Medal for her work combatting human-trafficking in Houston. Davis, who received both her JD and MBA from UConn in 2001, earned the award for her work as a special advisor to the mayor of Houston. Davis received her medal, the highest honor in her field, from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the White House on October 17, 2018.
Brian Farnen '03, general counsel and chief legal officer of the Connecticut Green Bank, and Moses Vargas '07, general counsel of the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, were honored as 2018 GC Impact of the Year award winners by the Connecticut Law Tribune. The award is given annually to recognize in-house attorneys who had a significant accomplishment. The Tribune's fourth annual awards dinner was held May 24, 2018 in Hartford.
The Connecticut legislature confirmed 11 UConn alumni as judges of the Superior Court in votes taken May 3, 2018. All 11 were nominated to the bench by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. The new judges are: Claudia A. Baio '89; Tejas Bhatt '03; Suzanne E. Caron '88; Robert W. Clark '97; Eric D. Coleman '77; Ann E. Lynch '90; Jennifer Macierowski '95; Maureen Price-Boreland '92; Joseph B. Schwartz '07; James Sicilian '81; and James Field Spallone '92.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has nominated two more UConn Law alumni to serve as judges of the state Superior Court: Claudia A. Baio '89, a partner at Howard, Kohn, Sprague & Fitzgerald LLP in Hartford, and Assistant Public Defender Tejas Bhatt '03.
Meghan O. Serrano, a partner with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP, has been named Board Member of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. Serrano was recognized at the organization's annual celebration on October 5, 2017. Her practice is focused on real property litigation, and she is certified in business litigation by the Florida Board of Legal Specialization and Education.
Jill Lebow '00 has been named an Outstanding Woman in Business by the Worcester Business Journal. Lebow is senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Fallon Health, where she is responsible for talent acquisition, talent management and total rewards. The Outstanding Woman in Business award is given annually to “strong, talented and remarkable women who are making their mark on the Central Massachusetts business community.”
Adam Blank '04 has been appointed to the Connecticut Task Force to Study Fully Autonomous Vehicles, which will study the potential for self-driving cars to be used by the public. Blank, who is a partner at Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin & Kuriansky, will be one of 11 members of the task force. The task force will evaluate self-driving car programs against federal and state regulations and laws, make recommendations and submit a final report.
Tim Messner '02 has been appointed general counsel by the DISH Network, where he has been a senior vice president. Messner joined DISH in 2004 as a junior attorney, and has held positions of increasing responsibility in the legal department ever since. He starts his new role on Oct. 23, 2017.
Meghan O. Serrano '04 has been certified in Business Litigation by the Florida Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization and Education. Serrano, a partner at the Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick law firm, is one of 254 attorneys in the state of Florida to earn this certification.
Attorney Andrew Dean '01 has joined the law firm of Cooper Cargill Chant in Conway, New Hampshire. Previously, Dean practiced in Boston for 10 years with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo. His focus was on real estate acquisition, disposition, leasing, development and financing.