The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has nominated three UConn Law alumni to serve as judges of the state Superior Court: former state Sen. Eric D. Coleman '77; Assistant Attorney General Ann E. Lynch '90, and James Sicilian '81, general counsel for Day Pitney LLP.
Connecticut Appleseed honored Leonard Rodriguez '94, general counsel for UIL Holdings, with its Good Apple Award on April 4, 2018. The organization, which mobilizes volunteer lawyers and other professionals to further economic and social justice in Connecticut, presented the award at a dinner at The Quinnipiac Club in New Haven.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has nominated Judge Ingrid L. Moll '99 to the Connecticut Appellate Court. Moll has served on the Superior Court bench for the past four years. She was previously a member of the Hartford law firm Motley Rice LLC and had served as a law clerk for Justice David M. Borden of the Connecticut Supreme Court from 1999 to 2001. She is a past president of the University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association. Five of the eight judges now serving on the Connecticut Appellate Court are UConn Law alumni.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has nominated five UConn Law alumni to serve as judges of the state Superior Court: Suzanne E. Caron '88, a partner with Caron & Parris LLC; Robert W. Clark '97, special counsel to the Connecticut Attorney General; Maureen Price-Boreland '92, executive director of Community Partners in Action; Joseph B. Schwartz '07, a partner with Murtha Cullina LLP; and James Field Spallone '92, the chief legal counsel in the Connecticut General Assembly’s House Democratic Caucus.
Michael Callahan '95, senior vice president and general counsel at LinkedIn, has been appointed by Stanford Law School as a law professor and the new executive director of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance. The Rock Center publishes research and develops tools aimed at a broader understanding of corporate governance. Callahan was previously executive vice president and general counsel of Yahoo for 12 years, as well as executive vice president and chief legal officer of Auction.com.
Betsy Conway '91 has been appointed to the Chelsea Groton bank's Board of Trustees. Conway, who is General Counsel of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, became a Corporator of the bank in 2011. In addition to being an attorney, Conway has also been an adjunct professor at UConn School of Law since 2009 and serves on the Board of Trustees at Norwich Free Academy. Before becoming General Counsel of the Tribal Nation in 2016, Conway was a director at Brown Jacobson P.C. and was instrumental in establishing the Indian Law Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association in 1998.
Daniel Bender '96 has co-authored a new book entitled Demonstratives: Definitive Treatise on Visual Persuasion. Demonstratives, which Bender co-wrote with colleagues R. Jason Fowler and Pierre E. Kressmann, is about the creation and implementation of persuasive graphics used by lawyers in trial. The book "provides the thought behind persuasive and effective demonstratives, practical and best uses of demonstrative evidence throughout your case, and a visual encyclopedia of terms and examples." Bender applied knowledge from his degrees in law, business and journalism to create 300+ examples of graphics that aim to "inspire even the most seasoned litigator" to revamp their visual presentations. Demonstratives was published on November 27, 2017 by the American Bar Association.
Robinson & Cole LLP has announced the promotion of eight associates, including three UConn Law alumni, to counsel, effective January 1, 2018. Lisa C. Riccio '99 works primarily in the firm's Hartford office, handling financial matters related to affordable housing and commercial real estate transactions as a member of the Real Estate and Development Group. Evan J. Seeman '09, also a member of the Real Estate and Development Group, works primarily in Hartford and concentrates his practice in religious land use litigation, land use and zoning, and real property litigation. Elizabeth K. Wright '09, a member of the Construction Group, works primarily in the firm's Boston office, handling all aspects of construction-related contract issues and litigation and focusing her practice on construction law, commercial litigation, and surety and fidelity law.
Peter Knight '96 has joined the board of directors of Connecticut Legal Services, a non-profit agency that helps low-income families and individuals gain equal access to justice and opportunities. Knight is a member of the Energy, Environmental and Telecommunications Group at Robinson & Cole LLP, and serves as the chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee.