UConn Law Graduates Named Cooper Fellows

The Connecticut Bar Foundation has announced its James W. Cooper Fellows for 2023, including eight UConn Law graduates: Christine Perra Rapillo ’90, Carolyn Cavolo ’99, Natalie Braswell ’07, Sebastian M. Lombardi ’10, Yamuna Menon ’11, Cindy Cieslak ’12, Claire Howard ’13, and Alison Weir ’19. The fellows are chosen from Connecticut lawyers, judges, and teachers of law who have demonstrated extraordinary legal ability; devotion to the welfare of their community, state and nation; and devotion to the advancement of the legal profession.

Ronelle Porter ’02 Receives Prestigious Award

The New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has awarded Ronelle Porter '02 the 2023 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Beacon Award. Porter, a partner and assistant deputy chair of the Capital Markets and Corporate department at Loeb & Loeb LLP in New York City, was recognized for qualities that exemplify the work of the late Supreme Court justice. She is the third recipient of the award. Porter serves as chair of Loeb’s affinity group for its Black lawyers, as co-chair of the firm's women-focused affinity group, and as a member of its Diversity & Inclusion Committee. At UConn Law, she served as president of the Black Law Students Association.

Ronelle Porter