The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
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.
Jill Lebow '00 has been named an Outstanding Woman in Business by the Worcester Business Journal. Lebow is senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Fallon Health, where she is responsible for talent acquisition, talent management and total rewards. The Outstanding Woman in Business award is given annually to “strong, talented and remarkable women who are making their mark on the Central Massachusetts business community.”
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.
Alfred R. Casellla '93 has been elected to The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Casella, of Murtha Cullina, often deals with family relations, probate and tax issues. The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel fellows are peer-elected lawyers experienced in the preparation of wills and trusts, estate planning and probate procedure.
William C. Brown '74 has received the Pomeranz-O’Brien Award from the Connecticut Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section. The award is presented annually to a lawyer who has demonstrated excellence in workers' compensation law. Brown, a founding member of the Workers' Compensation Section, implemented the Workers’ Compensation Specialist Certification program. He works with the Law Office of Angelo Paul Sevarino, mediating compensation claims.
Peter Knight '96 has joined the board of directors of Connecticut Legal Services, a non-profit agency that helps low-income families and individuals gain equal access to justice and opportunities. Knight is a member of the Energy, Environmental and Telecommunications Group at Robinson & Cole LLP, and serves as the chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee.
Charles d’Evegnee '74, an Army veteran and law degree holder, died on November 17, 2017. Read his obituary.
Anthony Guerrera '63, an attorney who practiced for over 53 years, died on November 18, 2017. Read his obituary.
The Idaho State Bar will present a Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Award to Sean J. Coletti '05 at a dinner on November 13, 2017. Coletti, a partner in Hopkins Roden Crockett Hansen & Hoopes, PLLC, and a city councilman in Ammons City, Idaho, will be honored for his pro bono work helping a man get guardianship over his young nephew. He is also a regular volunteer at a wills clinic for veterans.