The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Minal Patel Davis '01 was honored with a Presidential Medal for her work combatting human-trafficking in Houston. Davis, who received both her JD and MBA from UConn in 2001, earned the award for her work as a special advisor to the mayor of Houston. Davis received her medal, the highest honor in her field, from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the White House on October 17, 2018.
Emily C. Deans '15 has been appointed to the Board of Directors of The Keney Park Sustainability Project. The project's mission is to help families become self-sustainable and environmentally conscious while preserving Hartford's Keney Park. Deans works at Robinson & Cole as an associate in the areas of environmental, telecommunications, and utilities law.
Linda L. Morkan '87 was appointed to The University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association's Board of Directors on October 16, 2018. Morkan currently chairs the appellate practice group at Robinson & Cole LLP, where she has worked since 1988.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions named John Durham '75 an advisor to a new federal task force targeting the MS-13 street gang and other organized crime groups. Durham will lead a sub-committee on MS-13. Before his appointment as a U.S. attorney, Durham served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the eastern district of New York.
William R. Liedlich '75, veteran of the U.S. Army and longtime Connecticut lawyer, died on September 27, 2018. Read his obituary.
Schoonmaker, George, Colin & Blomberg, PC announced that Robert D. Vossler '17 will join the firm as an associate attorney. Vossler, who previously clerked on the Connecticut Appellate Court, will work out of the firm's Greenwich, Connecticut office.
Chrysalis Center Inc. announced that Rosendo Garza Jr. '15 will join its board of directors. Chrysalis Center Inc. is a non-profit which serves more than 4,000 Connecticut families. Garza currently works at Day Pitney's Hartford office as an associate attorney. He previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Eckert Seamans announced that Winifred B. Gibbons '14 will join the firm's Boston office as an associate attorney. Gibbons will work in the lititgation department. Prior to joining the firm, Gibbons served as a judicial law clerk for the Rhode Island Trial Court.
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP announced Jenna Montesano '16 will join the firm as a Real Estate attorney out of the firm's Hartford office. Montesano previously worked at Shipman & goodwin LLP.
Donald W. Bania '74, a former communicant and avid UConn sports fan, died on September 12, 2018. Read his obituary.