The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
First Horizon National Corp. announced the election of Kenneth A. Burdick '85 to its board of directors on January 29, 2019. Burdick has served as chief executive officer ar WellCare Health Plans, Inc. since 2015.
Nippon Steel & Sumikin Bussan Americas, Inc. announced the appointment of Thomas Welsh '80 as general counsel, effective January 1, 2019. Welsh previously worked as principle attorney at Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C.
Connecticut Attorney General-elect William Tong announced the selection of Margaret Chapple '85 as his chief deputy attorney general. Before her recent retirement, Chapple worked in the Office of the Attorney General in various roles for more than 30 years. Chapple will assume her role when Tong is sworn in on January 9, 2019.
Karen Richards '82 has been appointed to the State of Vermont's new Racial Equity Advisory Panel. Richards, along with four other appointees, are tasked with advising the governor on strategies for remedying systemic racial disparities statewide and recommending candidates for state leadership roles. Richards was appointed by the Vermont Human Rights Commission, which she previously served as executive director.
Linda L. Morkan '87 was appointed to The University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association's Board of Directors on October 16, 2018. Morkan currently chairs the appellate practice group at Robinson & Cole LLP, where she has worked since 1988.
Michelle Chase '87, former disability and mental health advocate and founder of Laurel House Art Association, died on July 12, 2018. Read her obituary.
The U.S. Senate confirmed Kari A. Dooley '88 as to the federal bench in the District of Connecticut on September 6, 2018. She was nominated by President Trump in December 2017 at the recommendation of Connecticut senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy. Dooley served as an assistant United States attorney for 12 years before she was appointed in 2004 to the Connecticut Superior Court. She began her career in private practice with Whitman and Ransom in Greenwich, Connecticut.
George E. Blair III '84 has been named the new pastor at Mohegan Congregational Church in Uncasville, Connecticut. Blair comes to the new post having previously served at churches in Connecticut and in three other states.
IFG Companies announced that they have hired John W. Mahoney '89 as senior vice president and chief claim officer. Mahoney will work out of the Hartford office, and will be responsible for managing IFG's national claims organization. Previously, Mahoney worked at Zurich North America.
Michael A. Gailor '87 has been appointed state's attorney for the Judicial District of Middlesex, Connecticut. In his new role, Gailor will serve as the top prosecutor in the district, which includes Middletown and 14 other towns. Gailor has worked as executive state's attorney for the Judicial Distroct of Hartford since 2005. Additionally, he is preseident of the Connecticut Criminal Justice Educational and Charitable Association.