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.
The Norwalk High School Alumni Association will add Judge Omar Williams ’02 of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut to its Wall of Honor at a ceremony on May 15. The Wall of Honor recognizes graduates for their professional accomplishments and integrity. Williams graduated from the high school in 1994.
Marc Lombardi ’02 has joined Shipman & Goodwin as a partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Data Innovation practice group. Lombardi more than 20 years’s experience in health care, technology and data innovation, most recently serving as deputy general counsel at Yale New Haven Health System.
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Omar A. Williams ’02 to the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. President Biden nominated Williams in June 2021, and the Senate confirmed his nomination on Oct. 28, 2021. Williams served as a Superior Court judge in Connecticut, having been nominated in 2014 by Gov. Dannel Malloy, after 11 years as a public defender in New Haven. While on the Superior Court bench, he served in the Sentence Review Division and on the wiretap panel, co-chaired the Jury Selection Task Force, and served on the New England Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative. Before entering law school, he earned a BA from the University of Connecticut in 1998.
Gregg T. Burton ’02 was recognized as one of the Distinguished Leaders at the Connecticut Law Tribune’s Connecticut Legal Awards this year. Burton practices law at Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey, where he specializes in commercial and business real estate transactions.
The White House announced that President Joe Biden nominated Judge Omar A. Williams ’02 to serve on the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. In 2016, Judge Williams began serving as a Superior Court Judge in Hartford, where he was involved with the New England Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative, the Sentence Review Division, and the Wiretap Panel. Judge Williams also served as a Superior Court Judge in New London from 2014 to 2016. Prior to his tenure as a state court judge, Judge Williams served as an Assistant Public Defender for the State of Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services from 2003 to 2014.
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.
Alicia Hayter ’11, Karen A. LeCuyer ’08, and Roberta L. Pelletier ’02 have been promotedto Partner at Cantor Colburn LLC, and Alison Caless ’17 has been promoted to Counsel. The firm believes that these professionals will “make even greater contributions to the firm’s success and steady, profitable growth in their new roles.”