The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
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.
Shipman & Goodwin LLP has hired Lara Greenberg '16 as an associate in the firm's Hartford office, where she will practice in the area of business and finance. In addition to her JD, Greenberg holds an MBA from the UConn School of Business. Greenberg previously served as a judicial law clerk for retired Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Flemming L. Norcott Jr., who is now serving as a judge trial referee for the Connecticut Appellate Court.
Meghan O. Serrano '04 has been certified in Business Litigation by the Florida Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization and Education. Serrano, a partner at the Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick law firm, is one of 254 attorneys in the state of Florida to earn this certification.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Joan C. Margolis '78 will retire as of April 30, 2018, Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall has announced. Margolis, the first woman appointed U.S. magistrate judge for the District of Connecticut, has served nearly 33 years. Before she became a magistrate, she was an associate at Wiggin & Dana in New Haven and one of the first law clerks for Judge Ellen Bree Burns, who was the first female judge for the District of Connecticut. As a student at UConn School of Law, Margolis served as notes & comments editor of the Connecticut Law Review.
Day Pitney LLP has hired 11 new associates this fall, including four UConn Law alumni: Zachary Alexander ’16, Alexis Beyerlein ’16, Brian Glenn ’17 and Michael Schoeneberger ’14. Alexander, who served as a judicial law clerk to justices Peter T. Zarella and Gregory T. D'Auria of the Connecticut Supreme Court, will practice in the areas of trusts and estates and individual clients in the firm’s West Hartford, Connecticut, office. Beyerlein, who served as a judicial law clerk to Judge Bethany J. Alvord of the Connecticut Appellate Court, and Glenn, who holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil from Oxford University and an MA from Brown University, will practice in the area of complex commercial litigation in the firm’s Hartford, Connecticut, office. Schoeneberger, who served as a judicial law clerk to Justice Andrew J. McDonald of the Connecticut Supreme Court and as a court attorney with the New York Court of Appeals, will practice in the areas of government enforcement and white collar criminal defense in the Stamford, Connecticut, office.
Nine UConn School of Law alumni have been named to the Connecticut Law Tribune's 2017 New Leaders in the Law list. All honorees will be celebrated at the Law Tribune's Awards Banquet on October 3, 2017 in Hartford. They include: Tejas Bhatt '03, Stephen Clancy '05, Graham Coates '12, Pamela Del Negro '03, Matthew Dolan '12, Michael Dolan '10, Alicia Hayter '11, Meghan Sweeney '10 and Justin Theriault '10.
William Jones '48, a practicing attorney for more than 65 years, died September 13, 2017. Read his obituary.