The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
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.
Alfred R. Casellla '93 has been elected to The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Casella, of Murtha Cullina, often deals with family relations, probate and tax issues. The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel fellows are peer-elected lawyers experienced in the preparation of wills and trusts, estate planning and probate procedure.
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.
The Fairfield Democratic Town Committee presented William Burke '91 with the 2017 John J. Sullivan Public Service Award on Oct. 15, 2017. Burke has practiced law in Fairfield since 1991. The award is given annually to a Democrat who serves the party and Fairfield community "with distinction encompassing community service and sustained political activity and leadership." Through the years Burke has been active with the Democratic State Central Committee, the Democratic Town Committee of Fairfield and the Fairfield Zoning Board of Appeals, among other volunteer positions.
Josef Volman '91 has been named a Mergers & Acquisitions Trailblazer by The National Law Journal. Volman, a partner at Burns & Levinson in Boston and co-chair of the firm's Business Law group, focuses his practice on entrepreneurs and investors, startup and emerging companies and private equity/venture capital funds.
Enid Ray '94 has been appointed CEO of Our Piece of The Pie's, effective August 15, 2017. Our Piece of the Pie is a youth-based nonprofit organization that aims to "help urban youth because economically independent adults" through academic, job skills training and outreach initiatives. Previously, Ray served as the executive director of the Hartford School System's school choice office and also as Hartford's youth services director.
Matthew Hart ’97 has been named town manager of West Hartford. He previously served as town manager of Mansfield, where he supervised such projects as the construction of the Storrs Center, a community center, a skate park and a playground. He started work in his new position on Aug. 31, 2017.
Christopher Kriesen '93, a West Hartford resident, has established a new law firm in the Colt building in Hartford. The Kalon Law Firm, which practices exclusively in the area of insurance defense, allows lawyers and staff to work remotely and securely wherever they have an internet connection. Kriesen taught advocacy at UConn School of Law as an adjunct professor in 2000.
Christopher Paul '94 has been named senior managing director and general counsel at Global Jet Capital. Previously, he served as general counsel at CIT Aerospace. Paul specializes in commercial transactions, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions. and corporate finance.