The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Roberta Lalama, a justice of the peace and notary public, died on June 18, 2018. Read her obituary.
Lynn Blackwell '87, a division chief at the state Department of Motor Vehicles, died on June 7, 2018. Read her obituary.
Robert Kiley '87 will be ordained as a permanent deacon at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph on June 2, 2018. Kiley, along with five other men also being ordained Saturday, will join more than 175 active deacons of the Archdiocese of Hartford. Kiley works as a principal attorney, defending health care providers in medical malpractices cases, at Danaher Lagnese, PC.
William Davis '55 and Claudia Baio '89 were recognized as 2018 Distinguished Leaders by the Connecticut Law Tribune. The award is given annually to lawyers who achieve a major accomplishment during the year while demonstrating strong leadership skills. The Tribune's fourth annual awards dinner was held May 24, 2018 in Hartford.
Judge José Rodriguez ‘80, who served as a New York City Housing Court judge for more than 27 years, died on May 12, 2018. Read more here.
Shirley V. Hoogstra '86 delivered the commencement address at Mount Vernon Nazarene University's graduation ceremony on May 5, 2018. The ceremony was held in R.R. Hodges Chapel, on the school's campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Hoogstra serves as president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
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 appointed Stephen M. Morelli '86 chairman of the Workers' Compensation Commission. Morelli has been a member of the commission since 2012. He previously served as the deputy mayor of Berlin, Connecticut, and was also the chairman of Berlin's Ordinance Committee.