The awards, accomplishments, speaking engagements and news of the distinguished faculty at UConn School of Law:
Professor Alexandra Lahav will speak at the American Bar Association's 20th Annual National Institute on Class Actions Oct. 19, 2016. in Las Vegas. She and Professor John C. Coffee Jr. of Columbia Law School will address the topic The Past Year in Class-Action Action.
Darcy Kirk, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, was recognized by the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section with the 2016 Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship. She received the award at the associations annual meeting on July 17, 2016. The annual award honors an individual or group who has made outstanding contributions to academic law librarianship. Read more.
Karen DeMeola ’96, assistant dean for enrollment and students at UConn School of Law, was elevated at the 2016 Connecticut Legal Conference on June 13 from vice president to president-elect of the Connecticut Bar Association. She will become president in 2017. DeMeola has been a member of the association's Diversity Committee for nearly a decade and is a member of the LGBT Section and the Membership Committee. She also chairs the Pro Bono Committee.
Professor R. Kent Newmyer and John Khalil '16 will speak at the UConn Law School Reunion on June 4, 2016 about their new publications Hard Times and Best of Times: The University of Connecticut School of Law at 39 Woodland Street. Newmyer wrote the history, working with Khalil as his research assistant, focusing on the years between 1940 and 1962, when the law school occupied a stately mansion on Woodland Street in Hartford. The publication draws on archived documents and transcripts as well as interviews with former students and faculty. The history is being published in booklet form and will be made available on the law school website.
Professor Brendan S. Maher, director of the Insurance Law Center at UConn School of Law, prevailed as counsel of record in Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. v. Manning before the U.S. Supreme Court. The court found in an an 8-0 opinion issued May 16, 2016,that state courts have the power to that state courts are free to hear claims arising from state laws that protect their citizens from securities violations. Maher is an expert in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Affordable Care Act, and federal procedure. He has appeared eight times before the Supreme Court in a series of cases regarding federalism, regulation of the financial sector and employee benefits. Read more.
Karen DeMeola '96, assistant dean of students at UConn School of Law, will moderate a panel discussion entitled Connecticut Perspective during a webinar sponsored by the Center for Children's Advocacy, Confronting and Countering Implicit Bias.
Professor Sara Bronin, faculty director of the Center for Energy & Environmental Law and chair of the Hartford Planning and Zoning Commission, will speak at the seventh annual meeting of the Association for Law, Property and Society at Queens University, Belfast, on May 20, 2016. As part of the panel on new frontiers in preservation law, Bronin will present on the topic Form-Based Codes as Preservation Tools: New Zoning for Hartford.
Professor Sara Bronin will speak at the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association conference at the Mark Twain Museum Center in Hartford on June 3, 2016. Bronin, who is also chair of the Hartford Planning and Zoning Commission and the faculty director of the Center for Energy & Environmental Law, will discuss New Form-Based and Sustainability Frontiers in Hartford’s Zoning Code.
Professor Jon Bauer, director of the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic at UConn School of Law, will appear on a panel titled Hot Topics in Asylum Law at the Federal Bar Association’s Immigration Law Conference in New Orleans on May 13, 2016. He will speak about recent legal developments concerning asylum for persons targeted for persecution based on their family affiliations.
Professor Jon Bauer, director of the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic at UConn School of Law, will speak May 21 at the 2016 national Immigration Law Teachers Workshop at Michigan State Law School, participating in a panel on Innovation and Immigration Specialty Courses. He will speak about the course that he and Professor Sachin Pandya recently developed on Immigration and Workplace Rights.