Annual Meetings & Awards

The Board of Directors of
The University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association Inc.
thanks the honorees, special guests and sponsors
for attending the Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner,
we look forward to seeing you next year.

2017 Award Winners

Cheryl A. Chase '78
Distinguished Graduate Award

Cheryl A. ChaseCheryl Chase is co-president, general counsel and a principal of Chase Enterprises, a private holding company engaged primarily in commercial real estate development and management. She serves as a trustee of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and as a member of its Executive and Curatorial committees, and chair of the Facilities Committee. She is a member of the Connecticut Science Center Board of Trustees and serves on its Executive Committee. She also serves as vice chair of the Board of Directors of the University of Connecticut Health Center and chair of its Clinical Affairs Subcommittee.

Ms. Chase has also served as a trustee of the University of Connecticut Law School Foundation. She and her family have been long-time supporters of the University of Connecticut, and Cheryl A. Chase Hall on the law school campus is named after her.

Ms. Chase was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and graduated from William H. Hall High School in West Hartford. She received her BA in English and History from Tufts University, and went on to obtain her JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She and her husband, Judge Stuart Bear, a judge trial referee and former member of the Connecticut Appellate Court, live in West Hartford. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Eric D. Coleman ’77
Public Service Award

Eric D. ColemanEric D. Coleman represented the 2nd District, comprising parts of Bloomfield, Windsor and Hartford, in the Connecticut State Senate for 22 years until his retirement in January 2017. In 2001 he was appointed the first African American chair of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, and during his final term he also served as vice chair of the Public Safety Committee and as a member of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee and the Program Review and Investigations Committee. He also served as a deputy president pro tempore of the Senate. He previously served 11 years in the Connecticut House of Representatives, where he held a variety of leadership positions, including deputy speaker. He established his own law practice in Hartford in 1986.

Senator Coleman led the effort to repeal the death penalty in Connecticut and had an active role in enacting medical marijuana legislation and reforms in criminal justice and police accountability. He was instrumental in establishing Martin Luther King Day as a state holiday, strengthening the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, increasing the number of minority and female judges in the state, and creating the African American Affairs Commission. He serves on the boards of directors of Greater Hartford Legal Aid and Humanidad. He is a member of the Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church and serves on its Board of Trustees. 

Senator Coleman is a graduate of the Pomfret School. He earned his BA from Columbia University and his JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He and his wife Pamela live in Bloomfield. They have three children, three grandsons and eight foster children.

Steven M. Greenspan '85
Distinguished Service Award

Steven M. GreenspanSteven M. Greenspan is vice president and chief litigation counsel for the United Technologies Corporation, a Fortune 100 conglomerate based in Farmington, Connecticut. He is a trustee of The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford and a member of the Hartford County Bar Association, having served as its president in 2004 and as a member of its Board of Directors from 1997 through 2005. He also served as a member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s House of Delegates from 2005 through 2013. He became a trustee of the University of Connecticut Law School Foundation in 2000 and served as president of its board from 2014 to 2017.

Mr. Greenspan graduated in 1982 from the University of Pennsylvania and in 1985 from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he was managing editor of the Connecticut Law Review.  He served as a judicial law clerk for Associate Justice David M. Shea of the Connecticut Supreme Court and worked from 1986 to 2010 in the law firm of Day Pitney, formerly Day Berry & Howard, where he was named a partner in 1993.      

Distinguished Graduate Award Winners

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

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

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

Public Service Award Winners

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 and Rosalind S. Katz ’78
1975  William D. Graham ’49
1974  Robert C. Leuba ’60

Lifetime Achievement Award

2016 Julia Brezina Dunlop

Thank you to the following firms and organizations for their generosity as table hosts in support of the 2017 Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner:

  • Anonymous
  • Brown Rudnick, LLP
  • Carlton Fields
  • Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP
  • Day Pitney LLP
  • Hinckley Allen
  • Jackson Lewis P.C.
  • Keggan Werlin LLP
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • McCarter & English, LLP
  • Otis Elevator
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Robinson & Cole LLP
  • Shipman & Goodwin LLP
  • United Technologies Corporation Legal Department
  • UTAS
  • Wiggin and Dana LLP