Proud to be First: Panel & Networking Event


Friday, November 8, 2019 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm


Reading Room

Reading Room
William F. Starr Hall
45 Elizabeth St.
Hartford, CT 06105-2290


first generation students logoJoin the UConn School of Law and the First-Generation Students Association for our Proud to be First: Panel & Networking Event. Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson of the Connecticut Supreme Court will join faculty, staff and alumni to discuss their experiences as first generation college students and will answer questions from the audience. Family members of first generation students are welcome to attend.

Appetizers and refreshments will be served.


5:00 – 5:15 pm – Welcome and Opening Remarks (Dean Timothy Fisher, Assistant Dean Jennifer Cerny and Zitmarie Mestre)

5:15 - 6:30 pm – Panel

Moderator: Tracie Goldsmith, President of First Generation Student Association

Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson, Connecticut Supreme Court
Karen DeMeola '96, Assistant Dean of Finance, Administration and Enrollment, University of Connecticut School of Law
Cynthia Isales '03, Agency Legal Director, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Michelle Smith Cotto '10, Director of Legal Services & Assistant General Counsel, Health New England
Don Bell '13, Assistant Director, University of Connecticut School of Law
Valeria Gomez, William R. Davis Clinical Teaching Fellow, University of Connecticut School of Law

6:30 – 6:40 pm – Closing Remarks, Tracie Goldsmith

6:40 – 7:30 pm – Networking Reception


Zitmarie Mestre


If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact the Law School at 860-570-5130 or via email at at least two weeks in advance.