The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Shipman & Goodwin LLP announced the hiring of Perry Zinn Rowthorn '97 as partner on February 4, 2019. He will be a member of the firm's new State Attorneys General Practice Group. Rowthorn was previously Connecticut's chief deputy attorney general.
Mercedes G. Alonzo Cortes ’93 has published a children's book, "Adventure in Pico Bonito." The book, inspired by the author's visit to Pico Bonito National Park in Honduras, features her prose and artwork. It is available in English and Spanish. The story follows two siblings on an adventure through the rain forest and their encounters with the animals that live there. Cortes, who was born in Honduras, announced that part of the book's profits will benefit education and wildlife conservation in Honduras. Cortes has worked as an assistant attorney general in the Connecticut Attorney General's Office for more than 18 years.
Connecticut Governor-elect Ned Lamont has announced that . Clark has served as a Bridgeport Superior Court judge for the last seven months. Before that, Clark spent 14 years working for several attorneys general in Connecticut. Lamont will be sworn in on January 9, 2019.
The Aesthetic Business Institute has named Karen Albright '90 to its board of directors. The Aesthetic Business Institute will launch officially in 2019 as an educational program designed to provide training to those working in the aesthetic medical industry. Albright is the owner and president of BodyLase Skin Spa, a medical salon.
Denise R. Polivy '97, a former federal clerk and longtime Connecticut bankrupcty attorney, died on November 29, 2018. Read her obituary.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP announced that Renée M. Dailey '99 will join the firm's brand new financial restructuring and global debt finance team. Dailey, who previously co-led bankruptcy litigation at Morgan Lewis, joined Akin Gump's Hartford office. Along with Dailey, the firm brought on three other experienced attorneys, who, along with Dailey, will make up the brand new team.
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.