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Jason Weida ’05 Appointed to Health Care Post

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed Jason Weida ’05 secretary of the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration. The agency manages the state’s $37 billion Medicaid program, licenses more than 50,000 health care facilities and regulates 47 health plans. Weida lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, Kyley, and their four children.

Four Alumni Nominated to Superior Court Bench

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has nominated four UConn Law alumni to serve as judges of the Superior Court. They are Karen DeMeola ’96, a member of the UConn Law staff for 22 years who currently serves as the inaugural assistant dean for diversity, belonging and community engagement; Paul R. Doyle ’90, a partner of Kennedy Doyle LLC; Walter A. Menjivar ’12, an assistant attorney general in the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office; and Emily Wagner ’06, an appellate public defender at the Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services.

Christopher F. Droney ’79 Opens Independent Firm

Christopher F. Droney ’79, retired judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, has left Day Pitney LLP to open his own independent firm in West Hartford. Droney joined Day Pitney as a partner in 2020, having served on the Second Circuit from 2011 to 2019, and before that was a district judge and U.S. attorney for Connecticut. Additionally, he served as an arbitrator for the National Football League. Droney told the Connecticut Law Tribune that being independent will help him avoid conflicts inherent in working at a large firm.