The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
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.
Sperry DeCew '75, has been named the Chairman of the New Canaan Police Commission. DeCew has been a general practice attorney in New Canaan for 25 years, and has served the community in a number of roles. DeCew served as selectman from 1997 to 1999 and Town Councilman from 1977 to 1989. DeCew currently is involved with the New Canaan Historical Society, New Canaan Public Library Building and Grounds Committee, Kiwanis Club and the Silver Hill Hospital board of directors
Alice Gale '77, an author and lifelong public servant, died on January 9, 2018. Read her obituary.
John Leary '67, a professor of Legal Studies at Quinnipiac University for more than 20 years, died in January 2018. Read his obituary.
Shelagh H. O'Neill '79, co-founder of the first all-women law firm in Connecticut, died January 3, 2018. Read her obituary.