Annual Meetings & Awards

The Board of Directors of
The University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association Inc.
invites all alumni to the
Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on September 28, 2016 from 6 to 9 p.m.
The Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry St., Plantsville, Connecticut.

Registration for the 2016 Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner is closed.
Questions? Contact Deborah King at 860-570-5151,

2016 Award Winners

Portrait of Kathleen A. Murphy Class of 1987, Distinguished Graduate AwardKathleen A. Murphy ’87
Distinguished Graduate Award

Kathleen Murphy is president of Personal Investing, a Fidelity Investments company that provides retail brokerage, mutual funds, managed accounts, annuities and other financial products and services to millions of individual investors. Ms. Murphy is also responsible for Fidelity’s life insurance and annuities business, its workplace savings business for tax-exempt organizations, all of the firm’s brand and advertising programs, its online strategies through, and Fidelity’s mobile device applications. 

Ms. Murphy, a 25-year industry veteran, oversees a business with more than $1.9 trillion in client assets under administration, more than 17 million customer accounts and over 14,000 employees.  Her business is the nation’s No.1 provider of individual retirement accounts (IRAs), one of the largest brokerage businesses, one of the largest providers of mutual fund managed account programs, and one of the leading providers of college savings plans.

Prior to joining Fidelity, Ms. Murphy was CEO of ING U.S. Wealth Management, leading the Defined Contribution, Defined Benefit, Retirement Solutions, Annuities, and ING Advisors Network businesses.  Ms. Murphy began her career with Aetna, spending 15 years in a variety of legal and government affairs positions, eventually serving as general counsel and chief compliance officer, Aetna Financial Services.

Ms. Murphy received her bachelor of arts degree, summa cum laude, in economics and political science from Fairfield University in 1984.  She earned her juris doctorate with highest honors from the University of Connecticut in 1987. 

Ms. Murphy sits on the Board of Governors of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Board of Directors of the Markle Foundation, the Board of Directors of America’s Promise Alliance, and the Board of Directors of the National Football Foundation.  Ms. Murphy has repeatedly been named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in American Business” by Fortune magazine, one of the “Wall Street Top 50” and “Business 100” by Irish America magazine and named as one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Finance” by US Banker, among other honors.

Portrait of Professor KurlantzickLewis S. Kurlantzick
Distinguished Service Award

Oliver Ellsworth Research Professor and Zephaniah Swift Professor Emeritus

A gifted teacher and prolific scholar, Lewis Kurlantzick has been a member of the Law School faculty for more than four decades. He has the distinction of being the first fulltime professor to teach an intellectual property course – Copyright Law – at UConn Law, the subject of much of his scholarship over the years. Today, in addition to teaching Copyright, Professor Kurlantzick teaches Contracts, Arbitration, and Sports and the Law, a popular seminar that focuses on how the sports industry compares with other more conventional industries.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the board of editors of the Harvard Law Review, Professor Kurlantzick writes on copyright and sports law issues for both popular and legal journals and newspapers. His most recent books include Legal Issues in Professional Basketball and Legal Issues in Professional Baseball (both of which are part of a series he is editing on legal problems in sports) and Copyright Duration: Duration, Term Extension, The European Union, and the Making of Copyright Policy. He also has authored numerous articles and book chapters on a wide range of copyright and sports law topics, including copyright issues in the recording industry and the steroids problem in Major League baseball.

When not teaching and writing, Professor Kurlantzick serves as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). He also has served as a Special Master for the United States District Court in Connecticut.

Portrait of Linda J. Kelly Class of 1976, Public Service Award ReceipientLinda J. Kelly ’76
Public Service Award

Since 2005, Linda Kelly has served as president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the community foundation for the 29-town Greater Hartford region, and one of the oldest and largest of the approximately 750 community foundations in the country. In 2015, the Foundation celebrated 90 years of grantmaking in the Greater Hartford region, made possible by the gifts of generous individuals, families, and organizations. It has awarded grants of more than $654 million since its founding in 1925.

Linda Kelly is also a board member of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and the MetroHartford Alliance and is past chair of the Connecticut Network of Community Foundations. She previously served on the Audit Committee and Community Foundation Leadership Team at the Council on Foundations, a national association of grantmaking foundations and corporations.

Previously, Ms. Kelly served as a Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC), the agency charged with regulating Connecticut-based utility companies. She participated in international regulatory meetings and served in leadership positions with local and national committees, including an appointment by the U. S. Secretary of Transportation to chair a federal advisory committee on safety standards. In the past, she also served the State of Connecticut as Deputy Commissioner of Banking and as a member of the Public Defender Services Commission.

A significant part of Ms. Kelly’s career was spent in the banking industry, including as senior vice president and general counsel of Shawmut Bank Connecticut and assistant secretary and regulatory counsel of its corporate holding company, Shawmut National Corporation.

A native of North Carolina, Ms. Kelly received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and her Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut, and has served on the board of directors of the Connecticut Bar Foundation and as a past president of the University of Connecticut Law School Foundation. Active in her community, Ms. Kelly has spent decades serving a variety of nonprofit and civic organizations in the Greater Hartford area, often in a leadership position.

Julia Brezina Dunlop
Lifetime Achievement Award

Julia Brezina Dunlop served the University of Connecticut School of Law for 30 years in many capacities. When hired she was named director of development and alumni relations for the Law School. She also was appointed executive director of The University of Connecticut Law School Foundation and supervised the raising and spending of private money for the benefit of the Law School under the direction of the Law School Foundation board of trustees and the dean. Additionally, she was named the executive secretary of The University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association and coordinated its activities and all external communications under the direction of its board of directors. In later years, Ms. Dunlop concentrated on activities and events as they became an increasingly important part of the Law School program, working with the Law School Alumni Association, student organizations and faculty. She continued to work closely with the administration of the Law School Foundation.

Ms. Dunlop came to the Law School from Renbrook School, where she had been director of development and coordinated its successful first capital campaign. She is a graduate of Vassar College, where she majored in Latin. After graduating from college she worked in marketing and publishing in Boston and New York. When her younger son entered school, she herself went back to school and received an MBA with a concentration in marketing from the University of Connecticut. She was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for outstanding students of business, and also to Alpha Mu Alpha, the national honor society for outstanding students of marketing.

Ms. Dunlop has remained loyal to Vassar College and served for a number of years as the president of the Vassar Club of Hartford and later as co-president of her class.

At the close of her career, she  appreciates more than she can say the wonderful students, alumni/ae,  faculty and staff she encountered along the way.

Distinguished Graduate Award Winners

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

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

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

Tables for up to 10 people can be purchased for $900 payable to The University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association, Inc. Each table sponsor will have a table with a tent card and will be listed in the event program, at and in Law School Communications.

Thank you to the following firms and organizations for purchasing tables at the 2016 Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner:

Bracewell LLP
Brown Rudnick LLP
Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP
Cohn Birnbaum & Shea P.C.
Connecticut Bar Association
Day Pitney LLP
Professor Lewis Kurlantzick
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Keegan Werlin LLP
Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder, PC
Locke Lord LLP
McCarter & English, LLP
Pullman & Comley LLC
Reid & Riege, P.C.
Robinson & Cole LLP
Rogin Nassau LLC
Selective Insurance Group Inc.
Shipman & Goodwin LLP
United Technologies Corporate Legal Department
The University of Connecticut Law School Foundation, Inc.
Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C.
Wiggin & Dana LLP