Author: Leblanc, Jeanne

Vernon D. Oliver ’97 Confirmed to Federal Bench

Vernon D. Oliver

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Vernon D. Oliver ’94 (CLAS), ’97 JD to the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. President Biden nominated Oliver in May 2023, and the Senate confirmed his nomination on Sept. 19, 2023. After graduating from the UConn School of Law, Oliver worked in private practice, then served as an assistant state's attorney in the Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice from 1999 to 2004 and in the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General from 2004 to 2009. Gov. M. Jodi Rell appointed him in 2009 to the Connecticut Superior Court bench.

Thomas Casagrande ’90 Appointed USPTO Judge

Thomas L. Casagrande ’90 recently was appointed an administrative trademark judge on the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. For the 11 preceding years, he worked in the USPTO’s Office of the Solicitor, representing the agency in appellate and district court litigation of trademark registration and other intellectual property matters.