Seven graduates of the UConn School of Law were nominated to the Connecticut Supreme Court by Gov. Ned Lamont on April 13, 2022. They are Scott R. Chadwick ’87, a probate judge and litigator; Assistant Connecticut Attorney General Thamar Esperance-Smith ’11; Assistant Connecticut Attorney General Josephine S. Graff ’01; New Britain State’s Attorney Brian W. Preleski ’91; Charles M. Stango ’95, the supervisory assistant state’s attorney in Milford; Greater Hartford Legal Aid attorney Cecil J. Thomas ’06; and David L. Zagaja ’93, supervisory assistant state’s attorney.
Rae Vann ’93 has been named a faculty member of the Institute for Workplace Equality The institute is a national nonprofit employer association that provides training and education to help federal contractors understand and comply with their non-discrimination and affirmative action obligations, and in developing and maintaining compliant and effective workplace policies and practices. Vann is a shareholder at Carlton Fields with more than 25 years of experience representing and advising corporate clients on workplace compliance matters.
Hartford Business Journal announced its 2021 Power 50, which aims to highlight private and public sector, nonprofit, higher education and healthcare leaders in Greater Hartford whose power and influence not only change the organizations they work for but the broader community. The following UConn Law Alumni were recognized: Matt Ritter ’07, Martin Looney ’85, Senator Christopher Murphy ’02, The Honorable Joseph D. Courtney ’78, The Honorable Kevin Kelly ’97, Jennifer Jackson ’93, Michael ’83 JD, and DeVaughn Ward ’11. Read their bios and see rankings here.
A.G. Breitenstein ’93, founder of the direct-to-consumer health startup for LGBTQ patients “Folx”, raised twenty-five million dollars in funding. The company made its debut in December, and this new funding will allow Folx to roll out at-home lab kits, STI testing, ED medications and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Looking to the future, Breitenstein plans to work with the new administration to continue providing aid to the LGBTQ community after this public health emergency passes.
Rae Vann ’93, a shareholder at Carlton Fields, has been named to the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity Board of Directors. The collaborative unites Connecticut law firms, corporations, public sector entities, law schools, and state bar associations to make the state a more attractive place for attorneys of color and other diverse individuals to practice law and find satisfying professional opportunities. Vann counsels businesses on mitigating individual and systemic discrimination risks, establishing effective alternative dispute resolution procedures, conducting thorough and effective workplace harassment and other misconduct investigations, and other labor and employment matters.
The University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association will be honoring Michelle Duprey ’93 with the Public Service Award next month. Duprey, who is a leader in ADA compliance in Connecticut, has been director of the Department of Services for Persons with Disabilities for the City of New Haven for more than 20 years. She is a longtime member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Labor and Employment section and has served as chair of the Human Rights and Responsibilities section. The award will be presented virtually during LSAA’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on October 13, 2020.