Mike Aresco '76 has announced his plans to retire from the post of commissioner of the American Athletic Conference on May 31, 2024. Aresco was the fourth commissioner of the Big East Conference and oversaw the reconstitution of the organization into the American Athletic Conference in 2013. He previously served as executive vice president of programming at CBS Sports. The University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association awarded him the Distinguished Graduate Award in 2013.
Judge Vanessa L. Bryant '78 has retired as of Dec. 31, 2023 from the U.S. District Court in the District of Connecticut, where she served for more than 16 years. The first Black woman appointed to the federal court in New England, she issued many notable decisions, including a ruling in 2012 that the Defense of Marriage Act violated the Constitution. Before her appointment to the federal bench, Bryant served as a judge of the Connecticut Superior Court. She previously was a partner at Hawkins, Delafield & Wood LLP; a member of the Board of Pardons; Chapter 13 trustee for the United States Bankruptcy Court of the District of Connecticut; vice president and general counsel of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority; in-house counsel at Aetna Life & Casualty Co. and Shawmut Bank; and an associate at Day Pitney LLP, formerly Day, Berry & Howard LLP. Bryant, who took senior status in 2021,is legally blind and a role model for those with visual impairments.
Scott Garosshen ’15 and Dan Brody ’15 have been elevated to counsel at Robinson & Cole LLP effective Jan. 1, 2024. Brody is a member of the firm’s Litigation Section, including the Business Litigation Group and the Government Enforcement and White-Collar Defense, and Internal Investigations and Corporate Compliance Teams. Garosshen is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Group and Appellate Practice Group. Both work in the firm’s Hartford Office.
Edwin Lee Kerr ’73, a corporate attorney who worked most recently for MassMutual, died on Dec. 11, 2023. Read his obituary.
Perry A. Zirkel '76 has reached his 1700th published work with a forthcoming article in the Connecticut Law Review. Zirkel has continued his research and writing since he retired eight years ago as a professor of law and education at Lehigh University. Zirkel also sponsors the UConn School of Law's annual teaching award.
Amy Zinser ’07 has been promoted to the National Wealth Strategies Group in the Chief Investment Office within Bank of America Corporation, where she is a director and wealth strategies advisor. She has worked at Bank of America for more than 10 years.