Karen received her undergraduate degree in psychology from UConn and her J.D. from UConn Law. After graduation from law school, Karen was a civil rights litigator whose practice focused primarily on employment discrimination, police brutality and housing discrimination. Karen is admitted to practice in Connecticut and the Federal District Court, District of Connecticut. Karen has presented on numerous panels, conferences and symposia on diversifying law school populations; the intersectionality of race, class, gender, religion and sexual orientation; affirmative action and admissions; the Defense of Marriage Act; and numerous pipeline projects. Karen also serves as an adjunct professor teaching Critical Identity Theory.
Jane Thierfeld Brown is director of student services at UConn Law. She has worked in disability services for 33 years. Jane received her B.A. from the University of Rhode Island in Speech Pathology. While coordinator of disability services at URI she received her M.S. in Counseling and M.A. in Education. She holds an Ed.D from Columbia University, Teachers College. At Barnard College, Jane directed a federal grant program on women with disabilities in higher education. Jane's main research interests are students with Asperger's Syndrome in higher education and students with disabilities in high-stakes graduate programs. She consults at many higher education institutions and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences on Asperger's Syndrome. Jane has published three books: A Professional Guide to Students with Asperger's Syndrome in Higher Education (Autism Asperger Publishing Co., 2009); The Parent's Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum (AAPC Publishing, 2012); and Behavior Management and Self Regulation for Adults, 2012.
April 2, 2012 - CBS News - Autism Awareness: College Programs for Student on the Spectrum
April 13, 2011 - NPR.org - Autistic Kids Learn to Survive, and Thrive, in College
Jennifer Cerny, Esq. is the assistant director of student services. She works closely with student groups to coordinate campus events and promote student initiatives. In addition, she provides support for the Student Bar Association and works with individual students on time management and other law school issues. Jennifer also acts as a liaison between students, faculty and staff in addressing student needs at the Law School. Jennifer joined the student services staff in January 2011 after leaving her practice with a Hartford-based litigation law firm. She graduated from UConn Law in 2008 and received her undergraduate degree from New York University in 2002. While in New York City, Jennifer worked in business development for a large Wall Street financial company.
Claudia Norsworthy is the director of special projects at UConn Law. She coordinates the Law School's Prize Day and Commencement ceremonies as well as new student orientation. In addition, Claudia provides support to students and faculty in the management of other large community events on campus. Claudia received her B.A. and graduate certificate from Concordia University in Montreal.