The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Mercedes G. Alonzo Cortes ’93 has published a children's book, "Adventure in Pico Bonito." The book, inspired by the author's visit to Pico Bonito National Park in Honduras, features her prose and artwork. It is available in English and Spanish. The story follows two siblings on an adventure through the rain forest and their encounters with the animals that live there. Cortes, who was born in Honduras, announced that part of the book's profits will benefit education and wildlife conservation in Honduras. Cortes has worked as an assistant attorney general in the Connecticut Attorney General's Office for more than 18 years.
Robinson & Cole LLP announced the promotion of two UConn Law graduates to partner on December 17, 2018. Ian T. Clarke-Fisher ‘10, a member of the firm's Business Litigation and Labor and Employment groups, focuses on commercial and employment litigation. He works in the firm's New York office. Benjamin C. Jensen ‘05, a member of the firm's Business Litigation and Intellectual Property and Technology groups and its Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Team, represents clients in litigation and regulatory compliance matters involving technology, data privacy and cybersecurity. He works in the firm's Hartford office.
Connecticut Governor-elect Ned Lamont has announced that . Clark has served as a Bridgeport Superior Court judge for the last seven months. Before that, Clark spent 14 years working for several attorneys general in Connecticut. Lamont will be sworn in on January 9, 2019.
Murtha Cullina LLP has announced that Benjamin C. White ‘06 has joined the firm as counsel. White, who previously worked at St. Onge Steward Johnston & Reens LLC for more than 12 years, will be part of Murtha Cullina's Intellectual Property Practice Group.
Judge Donna F. Martinez ‘78, who has served as a United States magistrate judge for nearly 25 years, will retire on October 4, 2019. Martinez was appointed to the federal bench in 1994. Prior to that, she served as an assistant United States attorney in the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. announced that John F. Presper ‘03 has been promoted to partner in the firms Alexandria, Virginia office. Presper, who serves on the firm’s Litigation and ITC Litigation practice groups, has been with Oblon since 2005. Before that, he clerked for Justice Thomas Smith of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced on December 11, 2018 that Danae Serrano '05 has been named its acting ethics counsel and designated agency ethics official. Before joining the commission in 2010 as an assistant ethics counsel, Serrano served as an attorney in the General Counsel’s Office of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
Hartford Performs has appointed Charles F. Modzelewski ‘16 to its board of directors. Hartford Performs brings artists to Hartford Public Schools to teach. Modzelewski is currently an associate at Robinson & Cole, where he is a member of the firm's Insurance and Reinsurance Group.
The Aesthetic Business Institute has named Karen Albright '90 to its board of directors. The Aesthetic Business Institute will launch officially in 2019 as an educational program designed to provide training to those working in the aesthetic medical industry. Albright is the owner and president of BodyLase Skin Spa, a medical salon.
Robinson & Cole LLP announced on December 5, 2018 the promotion of two UConn Law alumni to counsel as of January 1, 2019. Emilee Mooney Scott ’10 is a member of the firm's Environmental, Energy and Telecommunications group in its Hartford office. Taylor A. Shea '10 is a member of the firm's Business Transactions and Finance groups and its Manufacturing Industry Team. She also works in the Hartford office.