The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Christine A. Sullivan '88 has joined Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C. as Senior Counsel in the firm's education law department. She is the former director of education and training at the UConn Health Center, A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research and Service. She holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Connecticut. Before joining the firm, Sullivan worked in private practice for more than 26 years at Duffy & Fasano Attorneys.
The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of John E. Sparks '86 to the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on April 5, 2016. The five-judge panel is the highest authority, save for the U.S. Supreme Court, in cases arising under the nation's military justice system. Sparks had served as the commissioner to the court's chief judge since 2000 and previously served as principal deputy general counsel of the Navy, special assistant to the secretary of agriculture, deputy legal adviser for the National Security Council, and military assistant to the general counsel at the Department of the Navy. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1998. President Barack Obama nominated him for the 15-year term.
William M Carello '89 has joined Stamford-based Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin & Kuriansky LLP as a partner. His practice includes a broad range of business representation with a focus on commercial real estate leasing, business dispute resolution, mergers and acquisitions, commercial lending and corporate governance. Carello previously chaired the corporate department of Rucci, Burnham, Carta & Carello LLP.
Jacqueline Coyle Keeshan ’83 has been elected to the Greenwich Land Trust’s Board of Directors. Keeshan, who previously practiced business and estate planning law, also volunteers for the Greenwich Public Schools’ Reading Champions program.
Clifford J. Hendel '83, recently served as chairman of an arbitration panel in the high-profile appeal of Michel Platini, president of the Union of European Football Associations, seeking to overturn a provisional ban imposed by the ethics committee of FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Hendel was one of three arbitrators for the Court of Arbitration for Sport that partially upheld the 90-day provisional ban. Hendel, a dual U.S.-French citizen, is admitted to practice in New York, England and Wales, Paris and Madrid. He is a partner in the Madrid law firm of Araoz & Rueda.
Ann Merriam Feinberg ’89 has been appointed to the board of directors for Woodbury’s Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition. The coalition works to improve the quality and quantity of water in the watershed and is recognized for its use of science and research. Feinberg is also counsel at the Connecticut Community Foundation and has worked in development for over 20 years.
Paul Thomas ’81 has joined Duffy Law LLC, a criminal defense firm based in New Haven. For the past 18 years, Thomas has served as an assistant federal defender, representing clients throughout Connecticut. He was previously a partner of Zeldes, Needle & Cooper, PC in Bridgeport.
Sarah Stark Oldham ’88 is the only Connecticut lawyer to be featured in the 2015 “Women Leaders in the Law” list recently published by Fortune Magazine. The list identifies a select group of top lawyers in the country, as peer-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Oldham was also identified as a “New England Best Lawyer” by The Wall Street Journal in 2015. She is a partner at Rutkin, Oldham & Griffin LLC and represents clients in the negotiation and litigation of high-asset family law matters.
Barbara Green ’85 will be recognized by the Kennedy Center in Trumbull, which offers services to individuals with disabilities, at its 51st annual Four Seasons Ball on Saturday, Nov. 7 for her many leadership roles in the community. Over the years, Green’s work with the center has included helping families to establish special needs trusts for their relatives with disabilities. She is a partner at Green and Gross, P.C., in Bridgeport, focusing on estate planning and settlement, elder law and family law.
Judith C. Bares '87, who had been a patent attorney for the Xerox Corporation and a volunteer mediator for teenagers in need, died on Oct. 21, 2015. Read her obituary here.