The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Tom Santopietro '81 will discuss his new book, "Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters" at the Mark Twain House in Hartford on July 23, 2018. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with Santopietro's presentation, and will conclude with a live screening of the original film.
The Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District announced Philip Pires '08 was appointed chair of its board of commissioners, effective July 1, 2018. Pires currently works as a principal attorney at Cohen and Wolf, where he specializes in land use and zoning law.
Odilon Borges Neto LLM '05 will speak on a panel discussing compliance issues in Latin American law at the 11th West Coast Conference on FCPA Enforcement and Compliance in San Francisco. He will speak on a September 25, 2018 panel called, “Ask the Experts: Risk-ranking in Latin America."
Robbie T. Gerrick '02 has joined Halloran Sage, where she will specialize in municipal and state government litigation. Gerrick will work out of the firm's Hartford location. She previously worked at McGivney, Kluger & Cook.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has appointed Kevin O'Connor '92 to serve on the UConn Board of Trustees. O'Connor graduated from UConn Law in 1992 with high honors and was recognized with the Distinguished Graduate Award. O'Connor served as an associate attorney general under President George W. Bush from 2008-2009. Most recently, O'Connor works as chief legal counsel for Point 72 in Stamford, Connecticut.
Roberta Lalama, a justice of the peace and notary public, died on June 18, 2018. Read her obituary.
Judge Robert L. Holzberg '78 was honored by the Town of Middletown for his 22 years of service as a trial court judge on June 26, 2018. Holzberg's portrait will hang in the Middletown courtroom he presided over for nearly a decade. In addition to serving in Middletown, Holzberg spent the other half of his judicial career in Waterbury. Now Holzberg is a partney at Pullman & Comley, where he manages the firm's alternative dispute resolution division.
Gregory Smith '09 has been named chief operating officer of Cutler Capital Management, an investment management firm based in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was previously the director for alternative investments at Barings LLC.
Chad A. Dever '05, an attorney with Cantor & Colburn who taught patent law as an adjunct professor at UConn School of Law, died June 12, 2018. Read his obituary.
Patent attorney Timothy S. Cieslak '12 has joined Murtha Cullina LLP as an associate in the firm's Hartford office. He is an experienced patent attorney with a background in mechanical engineering who works primarily preparing and prosecuting patent applications. He is a member of the bar in Connecticut and a patent agent registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.