banquet hall at 2017 Law School Alumni Association awards dinner
Annual Awards
Recent Alumni Notes

The Board of Directors of The University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association Inc. held its Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at The Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry St., Plantsville, Connecticut.

2018 Award Winners
Anne C. Dranginis
Distinguished Graduate Award: The Honorable Anne C. Dranginis ’72

Judge Anne C. Dranginis retired in 2006 as an associate judge of the Connecticut Appellate Court after serving more than 21 years on the Superior and Appellate Court benches to become a principal at a Pullman & Comley LLC. She serves in leadership positions of many prestigious organizations and in 2016 was elected president of the Hartford County Bar Association.

Perry Zinn-Rowthorn
Public Service Award: Perry Zinn-Rowthorn ’97

Perry Zinn-Rowthorn has served since 2013 as deputy attorney general for the state of Connecticut. He joined the Office of the Attorney General in 1999 as an assistant attorney general and was appointed associate attorney general for litigation in 2009. He previously worked as a litigator in private practice and clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Robert N. Chatigny.

Jon Bauer
Distinguished Service Award: Professor Jon Bauer

Jon Bauer directs the law school’s Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, which has won grants of asylum or related forms of relief for more than 125 refugees who have fled persecution to seek asylum in the United States since 2002. Professor Bauer, a Yale Law School graduate, has been teaching and supervising students since 1988, when he joined the UConn faculty after four years with the Legal Action Center.

2018 Graduates of the Last Decade Impact Award
Donald J. Bell
Donald J. Bell ’13

Donald J. Bell is the director of black talent initiative for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. He previously served as counsel to ranking members of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, senators Richard Blumenthal and Jon Tester. While working on Capitol Hill, he was a leader in advocating for greater Senate staff diversity.

Walter Menjivar
Walter Menjivar ’12

Walter Menjivar is an assistant attorney general in the Health and Education Division of the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General. He has served as president of the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association and on the House of Delegates for the Connecticut Bar Association. He was recently nominated a James W. Cooper fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.

Meredith O’Keefe
Meredith O’Keefe ’08

Meredith O’Keefe is director of the Career Planning Center at UConn School of Law. She is president of the Connecticut Association of Legal Recruitment Administrators and former secretary of the Connecticut American Council on Education Women’s Network. She practiced law for several years as a litigation associate with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker in New York and a small litigation firm in Connecticut.

Matthew Ritter
Matthew Ritter '07

Matthew Ritter has represented the 1st Assembly District in Hartford in the state House of Representatives since 2010, and since January 2017 has served as house majority leader, the second ranking position in that chamber. He previously served for two years as the co-chair of the Public Health Committee. He practices law in the Hartford office of Shipman & Goodwin LLP.

Brown Rudnick LLP
Carlton Fields
Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP
Connecticut Bar Association
Day Pitney LLP
Judge Anne C. Dranginis
Keegan Werlin LLP
McCarter & English, LLP
Pullman & Comley LLC
Ruel Ruel Goings & Britt, LLC
Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C.
Shipman & Goodwin LLP
United Technologies Corporation
Wiggin & Dana LLP


Distinguished Graduate Award Winners
2017  Cheryl A. Chase '78
2016  Kathleen A. Murphy ’87
2015  Andrew J. McDonald '91
2014  James T. Shearin '86
2013  Michael L. Aresco '76
2012  Evan D. Flaschen ’82
2011  James K. Robertson, Jr. ’74
2010  James Sicilian ’81
2009  Christine S. Vertefeuille ’75
2008  Kevin J. O'Connor ’92
2007  Christopher F. Droney ’79
2006  Hope C. Seeley ’89
2005  Alphonso E. Tindall, Jr. ’81
2004  John H. Durham ’75
2003  Thomas J. Groark, Jr. ’65
2002  Dona D. Young ’80
2001  William H. Trachsel ’71
2000  Joette Katz ’77
1999  Daniel F. Flynn ’62
1998  Rosemary E. Giuliano ’78
1997  Richard N. Palmer ’77
1996  Randall Pinkston ’80
1995  Members of the Judiciary
1994  Thomas D. Ritter ’77
1993  Hubert J. Santos ’69
1992  Robert R. Googins ’61
1991  Thomas H. Dooley ’64
1990  Francisco L. Borges ’78
1989  John F. Droney ’73
1988  Dale P. Faulkner ’63
1987  Richard D. Tulisano ’69
1986  James J. Kennelly ’59
1985  Hugh F. Keefe ’67
1984  William R. Davis ’55
1982  James F. English, Jr. ’56
1981  Lewis B. Rome ’57
1980  Robert N. Giaimo ’44
1979  Joseph W. Bogdanski ’40
1978  T. Emmet Clarie ’38
1977  Carmine R. Lavieri ’48
1976  Anthony V. DeMayo ’51
1975  Carl W. Nielsen ’52
1974  Alva P. Loiselle ’43
1973  Louis Shapiro ’32
1972  Douglass B. Wright ’37
1971  Thomas J. Meskill ’56


Distinguished Service Award Winners
2017  Steven M. Greenspan '85
2016  Lewis S. Kurlantzick
2015  Martha Stone
2014  Barbara J. Collins '78
2013  Willajeanne F. McLean
2012  Jeremy Paul
2011  Alexandra Davis DiPentima ’79
2010  William R. Breetz
2009  Laurie S. Werling
2009  Alan E. Green ’74
2008  Rafael A. Santiago ’83
2007  Kurt A. Strasser
2006  Nell Jessup Newton
2005  Alfred V. Covello ’60
2004  James D. Bartolini ’75
2003  Donna F. Martinez ’78
2002  Barbara B. Kennelly
2001  Dr. Henry C. Lee
2000  Hugh C. Macgill
1999  John C. Brittain
1998  Robert J. Callahan
1997  David W. Collins ’58
1994  Robert C. Zampano
1993  Ellen Ash Peters
1992  Cornelius J. Scanlon
1991  Peter A. Lane ’67
1990  George Schatzki
1989  Ethel S. Sorokin ’53
1988  Thomas C. McKone ’49
1987  Howard R. Sacks
1986  Phillip I. Blumberg
1975  George F. Sherwood ’66
1974  Aaron Nassau


Public Service Award Winners
2017  Eric D. Coleman ’77
2016  Linda J. Kelly ’76
2015  Susan B. Handy '80
2014  Harry D. Weller '79
2013  John A. Danaher, III '80
2012  Pedro E. Segarra ’85
2009  Nora R. Dannehy
2007  Michael R. Sheldon
2006  Joan Glazer Margolis ’78
1990  Thomas P. Smith ’72
1989  Robert I. Berdon ’57
1988  Eunice S. Groark ’65
1987  Anne M. Hamilton ’73 & Rosalind S. Katz ’78
1975  William D. Graham ’49
1974  Robert C. Leuba ’60



Medal of Excellence Award Winners

2015  Robert M. Langer '73
2012  The Honorable Ellen Ash Peters
2010  Anthony V. DeMayo ’51
2008  William F. Gallagher ’63
2004  Ralph Gregory Elliot
1990  William B. Rush ’59
1989  Wesley W. Horton ’70
1988  William S. Zeman ’41
1987  Robert W. Fiondella ’68
1975  William R. Davis ’55
1974  George F. Muir ’39

Lifetime Achievement Award

2016 Julia Brezina Dunlop