The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Jason Weida '05 and Kyley Weida of Hingham, Massachusetts, happily announce the birth of their daughter, Sailor Marian, on December 12, 2017. Sailor is the third child in the Weida family. The oldest, Bowen, is six and Alden is three.
Harry Webb '56, former president of the United Way and the New Britain Bar Association, died December 18, 2017. Read his obituary.
Jonathan B. Mills '85, the chairman and managing director at Cummings & Lockwood, has been named the recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for his professional achievement and dedication to community service. He has been practicing law for more than 30 years, mainly in the area of commercial real estate. Mills, who resides in New Canaan, was also recently elected a Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.
Daniel Bender '96 has co-authored a new book entitled Demonstratives: Definitive Treatise on Visual Persuasion. Demonstratives, which Bender co-wrote with colleagues R. Jason Fowler and Pierre E. Kressmann, is about the creation and implementation of persuasive graphics used by lawyers in trial. The book "provides the thought behind persuasive and effective demonstratives, practical and best uses of demonstrative evidence throughout your case, and a visual encyclopedia of terms and examples." Bender applied knowledge from his degrees in law, business and journalism to create 300+ examples of graphics that aim to "inspire even the most seasoned litigator" to revamp their visual presentations. Demonstratives was published on November 27, 2017 by the American Bar Association.
Daren Daniels '10 has been promoted to senior attorney-adviser at the Social Security Administration's Office of Appellate Operations in Arlington, Virginia. He joined the Social Security Administration in 2014 as an attorney adviser.
Robinson & Cole has announced the election of seven new partners, including UConn School of Law alumni Stephen O. Clancy '05 and Keisha S. Palmer '09, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Clancy, a member of the firm's Litigation Section and its Insurance and Reinsurance Practice Group, focuses his practice on insurance coverage and extra-contractual litigation, as well as professional liability and other complex litigation. Palmer, a member of the firm's Public Finance Group, represents state, municipal, and Indian tribal governments in the issuance of tax-exempt and taxable general obligation bonds and other debt obligations. They work in Robinson & Cole's Hartford office.
Meghan O. Serrano, a partner with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP, has been named Board Member of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. Serrano was recognized at the organization's annual celebration on October 5, 2017. Her practice is focused on real property litigation, and she is certified in business litigation by the Florida Board of Legal Specialization and Education.
The National Center for State Courts inducted Michael H. Lanza '86, executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer of Selective Insurance Company of America, into the Warren E. Burger Society at a ceremony on Nov. 16, 2017, in Washington, D.C. The society honors the center's most exceptional volunteers. Lanza, a member of the General Counsel Committee, was recognized for his support of the National Task Force on Fines, Fees, and Bail Practices. He and Selective Insurance are sponsoring a pilot project to explore whether training on a driving simulator can be an effective alternative for those who can't afford to pay court fines and fees for traffic violations. The center is a nonprofit court reform organization with headquarters in Williamsburg, Virginia, that was founded at the urging of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren E. Burger.
Robinson & Cole LLP has announced the promotion of eight associates, including three UConn Law alumni, to counsel, effective January 1, 2018. Lisa C. Riccio '99 works primarily in the firm's Hartford office, handling financial matters related to affordable housing and commercial real estate transactions as a member of the Real Estate and Development Group. Evan J. Seeman '09, also a member of the Real Estate and Development Group, works primarily in Hartford and concentrates his practice in religious land use litigation, land use and zoning, and real property litigation. Elizabeth K. Wright '09, a member of the Construction Group, works primarily in the firm's Boston office, handling all aspects of construction-related contract issues and litigation and focusing her practice on construction law, commercial litigation, and surety and fidelity law.
Adam Blank '04 has been appointed to the Connecticut Task Force to Study Fully Autonomous Vehicles, which will study the potential for self-driving cars to be used by the public. Blank, who is a partner at Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin & Kuriansky, will be one of 11 members of the task force. The task force will evaluate self-driving car programs against federal and state regulations and laws, make recommendations and submit a final report.