The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Sarah Colbert '05 has been named vice president of administration at Sturm, Ruger & Company. Colbert joined the company in 2011 doing human resources and legal capacity work. Most recently, she served as the director of human resources, where she helped to implement an internal program to further employee education and training. Previously, Colbert served as a litigation associate at Day Pitney and at Ryan Ryan Deluca.
Della "Kathi" Steadman '04, a child advocacy and family law attorney, died on May 16, 2017. Read her obituary.
Jacob Studenroth '09 has moved his liquor store, The Wise Old Dog, over one storefront after five years in business in West Hartford. The Wise Old Dog is now located at 612 South Quaker Lane.
Joan C. Fumia '89, a dedicated volunteer and community member, died on May 14, 2017. Read her obituary.
Alan Mead '92 has been named to the Connecticut Board of Examiners for Opticians by Gov. Dannel Malloy. Mead, a North Haven resident who is one of three members of the board, has a background in clinical and research medicine. Beyond studying medicine and obtaining his JD from UConn School of Law, Mead has also served as a combat veteran and a police officer, and is currently a professor at both Quinnipiac University and Yale Medical School.
Herbert Hallas '81 has published his third book, Guardians of the Record: The Origins of Official Court Reporting and the Shorthand Writers Who Made It Possible, which explores how official court reporting got its start in the United States. Hallas also tells the stories of 11 pioneer court reporters who helped to ensure that court reporting would become a key component in the American pursuit of due process of law.
Elizabeth Wright '09 was named an "Up and Coming Lawyer" at the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's annual Excellence in the Law event on April 27, 2017. Wright is a lawyer in the construction group at Robinson+Cole. Outside of work, she serves on the Board of Directors and as co-chair of the Programs Committee for the Connecticut chapter of Professional Women in Construction and participates in a pro bono program that represents victims of domestic violence seeking restraining orders.
Chad Thorson '05 has joined McNair as a part of its Intellectual Property group. Thorson’s practice focuses on patent procurement and validity and infringement issues in the mechanical, electrical, software and nuclear engineering technology sectors. Before earning his J.D. from UConn School of Law, Thorson earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and served as a submarine officer in the Navy.
Timothy Reimers '01 has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Leadership Network. Reimers, who is a principal at Polsinelli, works in both real estate and public finance practices in the firm's Los Angeles office. As a part of the Leadership Network, Reimers will help educate and connect Los Angeles area leaders.
The American Athletic Conference Board of Directors has announced that the contract of Commissioner Mike Aresco '76 has been extended through June 2022. Under Aresco, who was first appointed in 2013, the conference has expanded to include Navy in football and East Carolina, Tulsa and Tulane in all sports. Wichita State will join on July 1, 2017, in basketball and Olympic sports. The conference also acquired a new set of logos and branding initiatives and was named a finalist in 2016 for the Sports Business Journal Sports League of the Year award, the only entity from college athletics to be so honored.