The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Alice Gale '77, an author and lifelong public servant, died on January 9, 2018. Read her obituary.
Kailee Wilson '17 has been promoted to associate attorney at Robinson Donovan, P.C, after serving as a law clerk at the firm since 2016. Previously, Wilson interned at the UConn School of Law Tax Clinic. Wilson specializes in business and corporate counseling, commercial real estate and estate planning.
Brendan Owens '12 has been named partner at Stafford Owens Law Firm. Owens, who joined the firm in 2012, practices mainly in business law, litigation, tax, estate planning and healthcare law.
John Leary '67, a professor of Legal Studies at Quinnipiac University for more than 20 years, died in January 2018. Read his obituary.
Mark Dendinger '07 has been named partner at Bracewell LLP. Dendinger's practice focuses on financial restructurings across company capital structures in various fields. Before coming to Bracewell, Dendinger worked at an investment firm for seven years specializing in secondary market transactions. He works in the firm's Hartford office.
Eric Baron '07 has been named partner at Cantor Colburn. Baron has been an attorney with Cantor Colburn in the firm's Hartford office since 2007. Baron focuses his practice on patents, and guides his clients through the entirety of the patent process in various technical fields. Before joining Cantor Colburn, Baron was an engineer at Hamilton Sundstrand.
Shelagh H. O'Neill '79, co-founder of the first all-women law firm in Connecticut, died January 3, 2018. Read her obituary.
Franckline Casimir-Benoit '89 began a four-year long term on the American Bankers Association’s Certified Trust and Financial Advisor Advisory Board on January 1, 2018. Casimir-Benoit is the managing director and trust counsel at Fiduciary Trust Company International, a subsidiary of Franklin Templeton Investments. In her new position, Casimir-Benoit will use her 25 years of experience to advise on educational programming and industry events.
Alex Horn '05 has been named Partner at Smith Anderson. Horn, who joined Smith Anderson in 2014, practices in mezzanine finance, debt finance and private equity. Prior to joining Smith Anderson, Horn was a global finance associate at Nixon Peabody.
Olivia Tawa '17 has been hired as an associate at Seiger Gfeller Laurie in West Hartford, Connecticut. Tawa practice civil and commercial litigation, specifically with businesses and associations facing personal injury claims. Prior to joining the law firm, Tawa served as an executive editor of the Connecticut Law Review.