The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Eric E. Walker '06 has been named to the American Bankruptcy Institute's 40 Under 40 initiative. Walker, a partner at Perkins Coie, has focused his practice on all aspects of commercial litigation, financial restructuring and bankruptcy. Walker is also co-chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute's Real Estate Committee and sits on the advisory board for its Central States Conference.
Halloran & Sage LLP has hired three members of the UConn Law Class of 2017 as associates. Liam Bohonnon, Jake DelGreco and Shaun Loughlin have joined the firm's insurance defense and litigation practice groups. DelGreco, who brings experience at a general litigation firm assisting with personal injury litigation, will work at the Hartford office. Bohonnon, previously an analyst for a major global bank, and Loughlin, previously a legal intern to Senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello of the U.S. District Court of Connecticut, will work at the New Haven office.
President Trump has nominated John Durham '75 to be Connecticut's next U.S. Attorney. Durham began his career as a prosecutor in the New Haven State Attorney's office and then joined the U.S. Attorney's office, where he has served as acting U.S. attorney, deputy U. S. attorney and chief of the office’s criminal division. He is known for his prosecution of organized crime and corruption in Boston in the James “Whitey” Bulger case and for investigating the destruction of CIA videotapes amid allegations of torture. His appointment requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
The Center for Auto Safety has named Jason Levine ’05 executive director. He previously worked at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, where he served as chief of staff to Commissioner Robert Adler. Before that, he worked at the Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. The Center for Auto Safety, a non-profit organization founded in 1970 by Ralph Nader, advocates on behalf of consumers for all aspects of automobile safety.
Joseph Schwartz '07 has been named the co-chair of Murtha Cullina's Municipal Practice Group. Schwartz has focused his legal career on representing municipalities in cases of general governance, construction law, land use and tax appeals, among others. He regularly presents at the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and is also on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Association of Water Pollution Control Authorities.
Andrew Wittstein '72, an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Litchfield Judicial District, died October 18, 2017. Read his obituary.
The Fairfield Democratic Town Committee presented William Burke '91 with the 2017 John J. Sullivan Public Service Award on Oct. 15, 2017. Burke has practiced law in Fairfield since 1991. The award is given annually to a Democrat who serves the party and Fairfield community "with distinction encompassing community service and sustained political activity and leadership." Through the years Burke has been active with the Democratic State Central Committee, the Democratic Town Committee of Fairfield and the Fairfield Zoning Board of Appeals, among other volunteer positions.
Tim Messner '02 has been appointed general counsel by the DISH Network, where he has been a senior vice president. Messner joined DISH in 2004 as a junior attorney, and has held positions of increasing responsibility in the legal department ever since. He starts his new role on Oct. 23, 2017.
Karen Goodwin '84 has been inducted as a Hampden Superior Court judge in Springfield, Massachusetts. Previously, Goodwin served as an assistant U.S. attorney and worked on civil cases from the four Western Massachusetts counties. Outisde of work, Goodwin is active in the Springfield Schools Volunteers program, where she helps provide academic support to public school students.