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Please join us in celebrating the 2020 LSAA honorees during our Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner, online Tuesday, October 13, at 6 p.m. Register here by October 12.

2020 Award Winners
Curtis Tearte
Distinguished Graduate Award: Curtis Tearte ’78
Curtis Tearte is the chairman and founder of the Tearte Family Foundation and a business transformation technology leader. He worked at IBM for more than 30 years, rapidly progressing through executive levels with responsibility for multiple industry sectors. Mr. Tearte also served on the IBM Worldwide Management Committee. He serves as vice chairman of the Brandeis Board of Trustees and previously served on the board of the University of Connecticut Law School Foundation.
Michelle Duprey
Public Service Award: Michelle Duprey ’93

Michelle Duprey, a leader in ADA compliance in the State of Connecticut, has been director of the Department of Services for Persons with Disabilities for the City of New Haven for more than 20 years. She is a frequent presenter on topics of ADA compliance, diversity and the disability community. She has been a longtime member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Labor and Employment section and is past chair of the Human Rights and Responsibilities section. She has also served on many statewide committees and non-profit agency boards.

Timothy Fisher
Distinguished Service Award: Timothy Fisher

Timothy Fisher served as dean of the University of Connecticut School of Law from 2013 to 2020 before he stepped down to join the faculty. He previously worked for 35 years in private practice primarily in the areas of ethics, alternate dispute resolution, commercial transactions, construction law, family wealth disputes and municipal law. Throughout his career he donated his time to work on pro bono cases relating to prison conditions, speedy criminal appeals, marriage equality and exonerating wrongfully convicted prisoners.

2020 Graduates of the Last Decade Impact Award
Dan Brody
Dan Brody ’15

Dan Brody,a member of Robinson+Cole’s Litigation Section, is president of the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association and a board member of the Children’s Law Center of Connecticut. His practice focuses on government enforcement matters, white-collar defense and internal investigations. He also represents, pro bono, victims of domestic violence. He was named a New Leader in the Law by the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Aigne Goldsby
Aigné Goldsby ’16

Aigne Goldsby, a trial attorney for MAPFRE Insurance, is the founder and principal of Black Esquire LLC, where she works with Black and minority pre-law and law students to increase their representation in the legal profession. She is the immediate past president of the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association and a member of the Board of Directors for the ACLU of Connecticut and the Steering Committee for the Governor's Council on Women and Girls.

Lisa Marie Rivas
Lisa Marie Rivas ’11

Lisa Marie Rivas, a partner with Cramer & Anderson, focuses on immigration law and has represented clients from around the world, primarily Latin America and the Caribbean. Her volunteer and pro bono efforts, including free talks on immigration issues, have earned her several honors, including a 2016 New Leaders in the Law award from The Connecticut Law Tribune and the Above and Beyond Award from the Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury.

PAST AWARDEES

Distinguished Graduate Award Winners
2019  Henry S. Cohn '70
2018  Anne C. Dranginis ’72
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
2019  Ingrid Moll ’99
2018  Jon Bauer
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
2019  Charles Luckey '85
2018  Perry Zinn-Rowthorn ’97
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
2019  Karen DeMeola '96
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

 

Graduates of the Last Decade Impact Award

2019: Alfredo Fernández '12, Ellen Messali '10, Erick Russell '12
2018: Donald J. Bell ’13, Walter Menjivar ’12, Meredith O’Keefe ’08, Matthew Ritter '07

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

2016 Julia Brezina Dunlop