The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Eunice Groark '65, Connecticut's first female lieutenant governor, died on May 8, 2018. Read her obituary.
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.
Sheryl Starr '78 has been promoted to managing partner at Bernkopf Goodman LLP. Starr has worked at the Boston-based firm for more than 30 years. She will oversee the firm's day-to-day operations, working closely with the Executive Committee, in her new role.
Charles E. Olsen '61, former director of worldwide operations-power systems services at Combustion Engineering, died on April 21, 2018. Read his obituary.
The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce will present its 2018 Community Achievement Award to Stephen Penny '73, a partner in Penny, Botticello & O’Brien, P.C, in Manchester, Connecticut, on April 26, 2018. The award recognizes Penny's service to the community. He has served as mayor of Manchester and a member of its Board of Directors and is currently a member of the Town Pension Board. He also was president of the Manchester Rotary Club and is the official announcer for the Manchester Road Race.
Robert J. Lynn '75 was sworn in April 9, 2018, by Gov. Christopher Sununu as the 36th chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Lynn served as an associate justice for seven years before Sununu nominated him in February to become chief justice. The New Hampshire Executive Council confirmed the nomination in March. Lynn previously served as a trial court judge, as chief justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court, as an assistant U.S. attorney and as chief of the New England Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force. He also spent several years in private practice.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has nominated three UConn Law alumni to serve as judges of the state Superior Court: former state Sen. Eric D. Coleman '77; Assistant Attorney General Ann E. Lynch '90, and James Sicilian '81, general counsel for Day Pitney LLP.
Thomas M. Kablik '65, a former state representative, died on March 9, 2018. Read his obituary.
The U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment of John Durham '75 as the United States attorney for Connecticut in a unanimous vote on February 15, 2018. Durham has served as a prosecutor in the New Haven State Attorney's office, in the Justice Department’s Boston Strike Force on Organized Crime and in several capacities, including acting U.S. attorney, in the office of the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut.
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has nominated Robert J. Lynn '75 to serve as the next chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Lynn has been an associate justice since December 2010, and served before that as a trial court judge, as chief justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court, as an assistant U.S. attorney and as chief of the New England Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force. He also spent several years in private practice as a partner with Cleveland, Waters & Bass and with McSwiney, Jones, Semple & Douglas.The governor's nomination requires confirmation by the state's elected Executive Council.