The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Judge Donna F. Martinez ‘78, who has served as a United States magistrate judge for nearly 25 years, will retire on October 4, 2019. Martinez was appointed to the federal bench in 1994. Prior to that, she served as an assistant United States attorney in the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. announced that John F. Presper ‘03 has been promoted to partner in the firms Alexandria, Virginia office. Presper, who serves on the firm’s Litigation and ITC Litigation practice groups, has been with Oblon since 2005. Before that, he clerked for Justice Thomas Smith of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced on December 11, 2018 that Danae Serrano '05 has been named its acting ethics counsel and designated agency ethics official. Before joining the commission in 2010 as an assistant ethics counsel, Serrano served as an attorney in the General Counsel’s Office of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
Hartford Performs has appointed Charles F. Modzelewski ‘16 to its board of directors. Hartford Performs brings artists to Hartford Public Schools to teach. Modzelewski is currently an associate at Robinson & Cole, where he is a member of the firm's Insurance and Reinsurance Group.
The Aesthetic Business Institute has named Karen Albright '90 to its board of directors. The Aesthetic Business Institute will launch officially in 2019 as an educational program designed to provide training to those working in the aesthetic medical industry. Albright is the owner and president of BodyLase Skin Spa, a medical salon.
Robinson & Cole LLP announced on December 5, 2018 the promotion of two UConn Law alumni to counsel as of January 1, 2019. Emilee Mooney Scott ’10 is a member of the firm's Environmental, Energy and Telecommunications group in its Hartford office. Taylor A. Shea '10 is a member of the firm's Business Transactions and Finance groups and its Manufacturing Industry Team. She also works in the Hartford office.
Kevin Welsh '05 has been named executive director of the Office of Environment & Energy at the Federal Aviation Administration, where he previously served as senior international advisor. He also has served as a director at the National Security Council, a member of the Environmental Affairs team at Airlines for America, and an associate attorney in the real estate and environmental practice of the Paul Hastings law firm.
Denise R. Polivy '97, a former federal clerk and longtime Connecticut bankrupcty attorney, died on November 29, 2018. Read her obituary.
Thomas Groark Jr. '65, a former prominent social justice advocate and longtime Hartford attorney, died on November 16, 2018. Read his obituary.
The Connecticut Environmental Forum appointed Emily Deans '15 to its board of directors on November 26, 2018. Deans is an associate at Robinson & Cole LLP, where she is a member of the firm's Environmental, Energy & Telecommunications Group. The Connecticut Environmental Forum provides a space for sharing stories and information for environmental professionals.