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The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni: 

Erick Russell '12 Elected Vice Chair of State Democratic Party
Erick Russell '12
Jan 24, 2019 -

The Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee announced the election of Erick Russell '12 as vice chair of the party. Additionally, Russell serves as chair of the Connecticut Bar Association's LGBT section. Russell is an associate in Pullman & Comley LLC's Bridgeport office, where he is a member of the firm’s Government Finance Department.

In Memoriam: William Karl Novick '60
Jan 22, 2019 -

William Karl Novick '60, a former Army veteran and president of American Tech, died on January 16, 2019. Read his obituary. 

New Edition of FOI Book by Mark Sommaruga '91 Released
Jan 16, 2019 -

Pullman & Comley LLC has published a fifth edition of "Understanding Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act" by Mark J. Sommaruga '91. The book describes the state's laws guaranteeing public access to government meetings and records.

William Trachsel '71 Appointed to Cape Cod Foundation Board
Jan 16, 2019 -

The Cape Cod Foundation announced the election of William Trachsel '71 to its board of directors on January 15, 2019. Before his retirement in 2007, Trachsel worked at Pratt and Whitney for over 20 years. 

In Memoriam: Thomas H. Dooley '64
Jan 14, 2019 -

Thomas H. Dooley '64, a former longtime Connecticut attorney and two-term Connecticut House of Representatives member, died on January 6, 2019. Read his obituary. 

Joette Katz '77 Joins Shipman & Goodwin LLP
Joette Katz '77
Jan 14, 2019 -

Shipman & Goodwin LLP announced that Joette Katz '77 has joined the firm as a partner in the Business Litigation Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm, Katz served as the commissioner of the Connecticut State Department of Children and Families for eight years. Prior to that, she was an associate justice on the Connecticut Supreme Court for over 18 years. Katz will work out of Shipman & Goodwin's Hartford and Stamford offices. 

Michael Pepe '08 Promoted to Partner at Saxe Doernberger & Vita
Michael Pepe '08
Jan 10, 2019 -

Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C. announced the promotion of Michael Pepe '08 to partner. Pepe's practice focuses on representing contractors and real estate developers in insurance coverage litigation. Pepe works at the firm's Northeast headquarters in Trumbull, Connecticut. 

Brian Doherty ‘13 Promoted to Shareholder at Boyle Shaughnessy
Brian Doherty '13
Jan 10, 2019 -

Boyle Shaughnessy Law announced the promotion of Brian Doherty '13 to shareholder on January 7, 2019. Doherty, who works out of the firm's Worcester, Massachusetts office, focuses on commercial and business litigation. Previously, Doherty served as a graduate judicial intern for . Judge Timothy Hillman of the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts.

Kara Kuchar '06 Promoted to Partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Kara Kuchar '06
Jan 9, 2019 -

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP announced the promotion of Kara Kuchar '06 to partner on January 7, 2019. Kuchar, whose practice focuses on regulating financial service providers, has been with the New York firm since 2006.