The Cabinet of South Africa has nominated Dire D. Tladi, who earned an LLM in U.S. Legal Studies at UConn School of Law in 2000, to serve as a judge of the International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court. Tladi is a professor of International law in the Department of Public Law at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, a fellow at the Institute of Comparative and International Law in Africa, and a former chairman of the U.N. International Law Commission. The International Court of Justice is composed of 15 judges who are elected to nine-year terms by the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council. Its headquarters are at the Peace Palace in The Hague, in the Netherlands. The election will take place in November 2023.
Christian Watson ’00 has been appointed the state’s attorney for the Judicial District of New Britain, Connecticut. Watson previously served in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office and as a prosecutor for the Division of Criminal Justice before going into private practice. He joined the New Britain State’s Attorney’s Office in 2010 and was promoted to supervisory assistant state’s attorney in 2016.
Melissa M. Mack ’00 has joined Shipman & Goodwin LLP as a partner in the firm’s Tax and Employee Benefits Practice Group. Melissa previously practiced at Robinson & Cole before launching her own law practice, Mack Law LLC, in 2014.
Tom Carroll ’00 has been promoted to Principal Counsel in ESPN, Inc.’s Legal Department. Carroll also has served as a guest lecturer on the subject of employment law at the University of Connecticut School of Business for its Executive MBA Program.
Heather Mullins Crislip ’00 was featured as an essayist as part of the Richmond Racial Equity Essays series, a project designed to explore what racial equity looks like in Richmond, Virginia. In her essay, “Housing is the Root of Wealth Inequality: Building an Equitable Richmond,” Crislip explored the disparity in homeownership between white and Black households in Virginia, caused by the wealth gap, redlining, predatory lending and other factors. Her essay draws upon her many years of experience in housing law and policy.