The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
William I. Haslun II '87 has joined the newly named Greenwich-based law firm of Johnson, Haslun & Hogeman, LLP. Haslun, who has practiced for 28 years, was previously a partner at Ivey, Barnum, & O'Mara, LLC. Haslun focuses on commercial and residential real estate transactions and development, land use and zoning law and property-related civil litigation.
Karen Narwold '86 was featured in Profile Magazine in an article about her work as senior vice president, corporate secretary, and general counsel, corporate and government affairs, at Albemarle Corporation, a specialty chemicals company in Baton Rouge, La. Narwold previously worked in a Connecticut law firm and at UCAR Carbon Company Inc., then a subsidiary of Union Carbide Corp.
Several alumni were named as recipients of CT Law Tribune's first Professional Excellence Awards, which will be given annually. Those being honored this year will be featured in a September issue of the Law Tribune and honored at a special event in October. The following alumni are recipients.
- Wesley Horton ‘70: Name partner at appellate law firm Horton Shields & Knox.
- Charles Krich ‘78: Principal attorney at state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.
- James Ruane Sr., ‘77: Longtime defense attorney and senior partner at Ruane Attorneys at Law.
- Ann Rubin ‘83: Former managing partner and current partner at Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey.
- James T. "Tim" Shearin ‘86: Former managing partner at Pullman & Comley, head of the Connecticut Bar Foundation and past chairman of the Connecticut Legal Services Corp.
Joseph Bonassar '87 has joined Milford-based consumer products company SCS Direct Inc. as in-house general counsel. Bonassar will be overseeing and identifying legal issues in such areas as licensing, design, sale, distribution and public relations. Bonassar previously worked at Sikorsky Aircraft, led legal teams for international companies and ran his own legal practice, which specialized in small companies.
Debra C. Ruel '84, attorney at Rome McGuigan P.C., won the 2015 Charles J. Parker Legal Services Award. The award recognizes a member of the Connecticut Bar Association who has a deep and abiding interest in and dedication to delivery of legal services to the disadvantaged in Connecticut and who has given selflessly to advance the goal of of providing legal services to all Connecticut residents. Ruel, who practices family law, co-founded the nonprofit Children’s Law Center of Connecticut. She is also an adjunct faculty member at UConn School of Law and at Manchester Community College.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy nominated four Connecticut residents to fill vacancies on the Connecticut Superior Court, including UConn Law alumni Alice A. Bruno '80 of New Britain and John B. Farley '87 of West Hartford. Bruno has been executive director of the Connecticut Bar Association and has recently served as special counsel to the secretary of the state. Farley is a partner in the firm of Halloran & Sage, LLP. Their nominations are expected to be taken up in the 2016 legislative session.
The Hon. Lorraine Murphy Weil '83, a bankruptcy and financial restructuring lawyer who became the first female partner of Hartford's Hebb & Gitlin PC and the first female United States bankruptcy judge in the District of Connecticut, died April 26, 2015. Read her obituary.