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The University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association cultivates the spirit of community and pride among those who have attended the law school and contributes to the advancement of the law school and the legal profession. Everyone who has attended UConn School of Law automatically is a member of The University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association.

Tara Trifon
President Tara L. Trifon ‘09

Tara Trifon is a partner at Locke Lord LLP. She regularly represents corporate and financial services clients in a wide variety of complex disputes at all levels of the state and federal court systems throughout the Northeast.

President's Message:

Dear Fellow UConn Law Alumni,

I am honored and humbled to be writing this message as the President of the UConn Law School Alumni Association. 

I think you’d all agree with me that the past year has been turbulent, to say the least.  Among other things (like murder hornets), we have been grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, which is transforming our economy, society, and the legal profession in front of our eyes.  Not only have we been unable to attend meetings, hearings, or closings in person, but the separation between work and home has been all but eradicated.  Our kids pretty much come to work with us on a daily basis as our kitchen tables are now workspaces for the entire family.  There is also the economic toll that the pandemic is taking on our clients, our families, and our friends.  Suffice it to say, we are all stressed, tired, and missing the good old days when you could meet up with friends for a coffee to vent.

There are two things that I know, though.  First, the UConn Law community is strong.  Even more than the numerous and incredible professional accomplishments, this is a group of people who go out of their way to support, encourage, and congratulate each other; who are committed to the advancement of our school and the profession; and who are constantly looking for new ways to help.  I haven’t met any other group of people who are so committed to working together to improve our community.

Second, we have the opportunity to think outside the box.  Things aren’t necessarily going to be perfect – like how we couldn’t have an in-person celebratory event for Dean Emeritus Fisher – but that just means that other doors are opening – like having many videoconferences with alumni across the country to welcome Dean Nelson back to New England.  The LSAA and I are determined to find new and interesting ways for us all to connect and have fun together, and I can't wait!

Thank you all for being such an inspiring and caring group of people and for doing whatever you can to help UConn Law succeed.  You are amazing, and I look forward to connecting with you soon.

James Ruel
President-Elect: James Ruel '99

James Ruel is a a co-founding partner of Ruel Ruel Goings & Britt LLC and a member of the firm's Family Law Practice Section. He represents clients throughout Connecticut in their efforts to resolve family disputes and also serves as a mentor to the Connecticut Community Law Center.

Linda Morkan
Vice President: Linda Morkan '87

Linda Morkan has dedicated her career to appellate advocacy, handling more than 200 appeals in state and federal tribunals nationwide. A fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, she chairs the Appellate Practice Group of Hartford-based Robinson & Cole LLP.

Secretary: Michelle Smith Cotto '10
Daniel Saltus
Treasurer: Daniel Saltus ‘08

Daniel Saltus is a founding partner of and trial attorney at The Schwartzberg Law Firm, LLC, representing clients in civil litigation matters in Connecticut and New York, focusing on personal injury and medical malpractice. He is a member of the Connecticut and New York State Trial Lawyers' Associations.

Cecil Thomas
Past President Cecil J. Thomas '06

Cecil J. Thomas is an attorney at Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Inc., where he represents low-income clients, predominantly in housing matters. He has led appellate and class action litigation resulting in significant victories on behalf of low-income Connecticut residents.

Michael Camilleri ’00
P.J. Cimini ’95
Michelle Smith Cotto ’10
David S. Hardy ’99
Robert C. Hinton ’95
Christine Jean-Louis ’08
Nisha Kapur ’14
Dennis Mayer ’80
Yamuna Menon ’11
Jillian R. Orticelli ’10
Vincent P. Pace ’98, LLM ’09, SJD  20
Daniel T. Saltus ’08
Lindsay A. Sheehy ’02
Alexandra B. Stevens ’98
Mony Yin ’97
Joseph C. Zemetis ’80


2018-19 Board of Directors

Cecil J. Thomas ‘06

Tara L. Trifon ‘09

Vice President
James M. Ruel ’99

Linda Morkan ’87

Christiana Gianopulos '94

Past President
Richard J. Twilley '04

Michael Camilleri ’00
P.J. Cimini ’95
Michelle Smith Cotto ’10
David S. Hardy '99
Robert C. Hinton ‘95
Nisha Kapur ’14
Kate MacLeman ’12
Linda Morkan ’87
Neil F. Murphy ‘70
Jillian R. Orticelli '10
Vincent P. Pace ’98, LLM ’09
Olga Peacock LLM ’98
James M. Ruel ’99
Daniel T. Saltus ’08
Lindsay A. Sheehy ’02
Alexandra B. Stevens ’98


Past Presidents
1932  J. Agnes Burns ’24
1934  Charles E. McCarthy ’32
1935  Joseph M. Cunningham ’33
1936  Robert J. Peyton ’32
1938  Morris Apter ’37
1939  Thomas F. Shea ’38
1941  Thomas J. Hagarty ’39
1942  Fannie Himmelstein ’39
1959  Emilio Q. Daddario ’42
1960  Douglass B. Wright ’37
1961  John J. McGuiness, Jr. ’50
1962  Walter M. Pickett, Jr. ’52
1963  Arthur W. Feinstein ’43
1964  Carmine R. Lavieri ’48
1965  Thomas C. McKone ’49
1966  Anthony V. DeMayo ’51
1967  William R. Moller ’49
1968  James J. Kennelly ’59
1969  Robert C. Leuba ’60
1970  Milton Sorokin ’50
1971  William B. Rush ’59
1972  Myron Friedman ’51
1973  John E. Fay ’62
1974  George F. Sherwood ’66
1975  Hugh F. Keefe ’67
1976  Richard A. Sugarmann ’62
1977  Dorrance Sexton, Jr. ’68
1978  William P. Murray ’67
1979  Edward Maum Sheehy ’67
1980  Joseph C. Lee ’67
1981  Sandra P. Gersten ’60
1982  David W. Collins ’58
1983  Thomas B. Wilson ’67

1984  Frederick M. Tobin ’64
1985  Fred A. Hitt ’58

1986  George E. O’Brien, Jr. ’75
1987  Angelo L. dos Santos ’73
1988  Lisa B. Bingham ’79
1989  James D. Bartolini ’75
1990  James T. Shearin ’86
1991  Hyacinth V. Douglas-Bailey ’86
1992  Debra C. Ruel ’84
1993  James Wu ’75
1994  John W. Hamlin ’88
1995  Mark A. Milano ’85
1996  Kevin J. Hecht ’85
1997  Gregory M. Harris ’76
1998  Thomas J. Welch ’90
1999  James F. Sullivan ’92
2000  Janis C. Jerman ’93
2001  Joseph C. Zemetis ’80
2002  S. Dave Vatti ’92
2003  Neil F. Murphy, Jr. ’70
2004  Karen T. Staib ’98
2005  Rowena A. Moffett ’97
2006  Jose A. Suarez ’93
2007  James Sicilian ’81
2008  Barbara J. Collins ’78
2009  Matthew R. Peterson ’98
2010  Mimi L. Lines ’80
2011  Alexandra B. Stevens ’98
2012  Matthew D. Gordon '87
2013  Hon. Ingrid L. Moll '99
2014  Jeffrey C. Kestenband '97
2015  Vincent P. Pace '98, LLM '09
2016  David S. Hardy ‘99
2017  Christine Jean-Louis '08
2018  Richard Twilley '04
2019  Cecil J. Thomas ’06