Kelly Kirby Ballentine ’13, an associate in the Boston office of Burns & Levinson, has been selected to take part in the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts’ 2023 Women’s Leadership Initiative. The program provides leadership development and mentoring. Ballentine works in the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group.
Natalie Braswell ’07 has been named Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont’s general counsel for his second term, starting in January 2023. She has served as Connecticut’s comptroller since Lamont appointed her to that post in December 2021. She previously served as general counsel in the comptroller’s office for 10 years and as chief of planning, legal and regulatory affairs at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Francis M. Dooley ’62, a retired partner with Shipman & Goodwin who was active in the Connecticut Bar Association, died Nov. 14, 2022. Read his obituary.
David Wolf ’15 has been promoted to the rank of captain within the Westport Police Department. He was hired by the department in 2001 and is a certified law-enforcement instructor, teaching in the areas of search and seizure, civil liability and landlord/tenant law.
Three graduates of the UConn School of Law joined Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP. Jeffrey M. Beck ’22 will practice in multiple areas including employment, healthcare, and education, working out of the Waterbury office. Meghan F. Buckley ’22 joins the litigation practice, working out of New Haven. Daniel C. Chapple ’20 joins the real estate practice, working out of Stamford.
John Arthur Berman ’57 died on October 25, 2022. Berman, who served as the elected probate judge for the district of West Hartford from 1983 to 2002, co-founded the transitional halfway house organization now known as Community Solutions Inc. in 1961. Read his obituary.
Thomas Griffen ’80, who was a partner at Sweeney and Griffen in New Britain, died on September 6, 2022. Read his obituary.
John F. Stafstrom Jr. ’81 was honored by Lamdba Legal in recognition of his decades of work to advance LGBTQ+ equality in Connecticut and his years of service on the organization’s National Board of Directors. He was recognized at the annual Connecticut Cares event on October 2, 2022. Stafstrom is an attorney at the Bridgeport Office of Pullman & Comley LLC and recently finished a two-year term as chair of the national board of directors of Lambda Legal.
Two UConn Law graduates have joined Gfeller Laurie LLC as associates. Kendra K. McGuire and Kaylee Navarra, both members of the Class of 2022, will work out of the firm’s West Hartford office.
Kevin Michael Tighe ’96, a private practioner who previously was a partner with Lowd & Ludorf LLC and spent many years with Reid and Riege P.C. in Hartford, died on September 18, 2022. Read his obituary.