The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Matthew McCleery '97 has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Latham Centers, a residential program that offers housing to children and adults with disabilities. McCleery is the president of Maritime Money International and the managing director of Blue Sea Capital, Inc. He lives in Chatham, Massachusetts.
ReedGroup announced that James Venable '92 has joined the company as vice president of compliance. In his new role, Venable will oversee a large team of employment attorneys and compliance experts.
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.
Robbie T. Gerrick '02 has joined Halloran Sage, where she will specialize in municipal and state government litigation. Gerrick will work out of the firm's Hartford location. She previously worked at McGivney, Kluger & Cook.
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.
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.