The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Joan C. Fumia '89, a dedicated volunteer and community member, died on May 14, 2017. Read her obituary.
Herbert Hallas '81 has published his third book, Guardians of the Record: The Origins of Official Court Reporting and the Shorthand Writers Who Made It Possible, which explores how official court reporting got its start in the United States. Hallas also tells the stories of 11 pioneer court reporters who helped to ensure that court reporting would become a key component in the American pursuit of due process of law.
Gregory D'Auria '88 was sworn in April 10, 2017, as a justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court after 23 years in the Office of the Attorney General. D'Auria earned a bachelor's degree in political science from UConn in 1985 and juris doctor from UConn School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Connecticut Journal of International Law, in 1988. He joins four other UConn Law alumni on the state’s highest court: associate justices Dennis G. Eveleigh ’72, Andrew J. McDonald ’91 and Richard N. Palmer ‘77, and senior justice Christine S. Vertefeuille ’75. Read more
Nancy J. Shestack ’81, an immigration lawyer who lived in Washington D.C., died Sept. 20, 2016. Read her obituary.
Linda Morkan '87 has been appointed chair of Robinson+Cole's Appellate Group. During her time at Robinson+Cole, Morkan has been involved in more than 175 appeals at a variety of courts, including the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts, The Rhode Island Supreme Court, The New York Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Morkan is also a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, which extends memberships only to those who have been appellate advocates for at least 15 years. Currently, Morkan serves as co-chair of the Appellate Advocacy Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.
Duane Lovello '88 is set to retire from being the Darien Police Chief in February 2017 after 35 years with the police department. Lovello started his career at the Darien Police Department in 1981 before being named chief in 2005. He is credited with implementing many department expansions, including school resource and school liaison officers, the K9 division, the Domestic Violence Unit, the Accident Investigation Team and the Cops and Kids Adventures program. Lovello was appointed chairman of the Police Officer Standards and Training Council in 2016 and currently serves as president of the Fairfield County Chiefs of Police Association.
Judge Carl Taylor '81 will be inducted into the Connecticut Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Nov. 19, 2016 at Vazzano's Four Seasons in Stratford, Connecticut. As a teenager in Maryland, Taylor played on his high school's lacrosse team. He continued to play at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and since the early 1980s has committed to be a coach and mentor to hundreds of young players in the West Hartford Youth Lacrosse League. Taylor was appointed to the Superior Court bench in 2001 after nearly two decades as a state prosecutor.
David Rintoul '86 has been named a 2018 SuperLawyer for Connecticut and New England in the area of employee benefits. Rintoul, who works for Zeldes, Needel & Cooper, P.C. specializes in employment and long-term disability cases. SuperLawyers are chosen nased on professional achievements, research and peer evaluation.
In September 2016, Oxford University Press will release Richard Posner, a biography of the influential judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit by William Domnarski '83. The first full-length biography of Posner, it is Domnarski's fifth book. His earlier books include four others about federal judges and a collection of essays Swimming in Deep Water: Lawyers, Judges, and Our Troubled Legal Profession. He has practiced law for more than 30 years, and was an adjunct instructor at UConn School of Law from 1984 to 1992.