Where are they now?
Why you were inspired to pursue a career in law?
“I owned my own title searching business from 1975-1980, and then went into
the title insurance industry. I was working with lawyers on a daily basis and
enjoyed real estate law, so I started law school. The practice I work at now has
an emphasis on residential and commercial real estate transactions, franchise
work and real estate related litigation.”
You have pursued numerous passions outside of law, particularly
playing rugby and coaching disabled players. How did you get involved
in the sport?
“About 22 years ago, I stumbled into the sport of rugby and was immediately
hooked. I play for a team called the Connecticut Grey Rugby Football Club. Our
team has a connection to the Connecticut Jammers Wheelchair Rugby Team,
sponsored by Gaylord Hospital. Ten years later, I was approached by the head
of the Sports Association at Gaylord to coach their wheelchair rugby team, and
have done so ever since. Wheelchair Rugby is a sport played by quadriplegics,
on a basketball court, in specialized chairs designed to hit and be hit just like on
the rugby pitch. The athletes must be impaired in all four limbs but be able to
push a manual wheelchair. The current players range in age from 22 to 55 and
come from Connecticut, western Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. We practice in Farmington, CT and are always looking for new players. Interested players can contact us at Gaylord Hospital at 203 284-2772.”
You recently were recognized with a prestigious award from the
Connecticut Bar Association. What did it mean to you?
“I have been involved with the Connecticut Bar Association as a member of
various committees and the Real Property Section. I am the current Chair of
the CBA Real Property Section. In 2013, the CBA awarded me their Citizen of
the Law Award at their Annual Meeting for my work with the Jammers Wheelchair Rugby team. While a lovely honor, my involvement with the Jammers is
probably much more beneficial to me than anything I do for them. They are
the heroes, overcoming life’s adversities and annoyances on a daily basis and
still pushing forward.”
“I got custody of my three children during my 1L year. The dean and staff
worked with me to make it possible for me to continue and graduate. That
commitment to me as a person made me appreciate the family atmosphere of
the School and permitted me to fulfill my dream. Hopefully, I have given some
of that back in the last 28 years.”
Elton “Bud” Harvey ’86
Baillie & Hershman, P.C.
West Hartford, CT
Fenton L’12/G’ 12 Bochman ’ 13 Aisling Steller ’ 10
CLASS REUNION YEAR
Crystal Barnes is an attorney at Lyon &
Fitzpatrick, LLP, in Holyoke, MA, focusing
her practice in civil litigation and
Rebecca A. Simser is an Attorney at the
recently opened firm Carrothers & Clough
PLLC in Ogdensburg, NY.
Kyle Aisling Steller, a Staff Attorney at Legal
Services of the Hudson Valley’s Elder Law
Unit, is one of 42 recipients of the New York
Law Journal’s 2014 Rising Star Award for
her work on behalf of vulnerable and marginalized seniors. The organization provides
free counsel in civil matters for low-income
individuals and families.
Class Agents: Julie McKenna
Kc T. Garner is an Attorney at the Law Offices
of W. Sean Mawhinney in Sandy, UT.
Joseph T. Ristau was appointed Law Clerk
at the Massachusetts Juvenile Court,
Western MA Division.
Kathleen Tonkovich is an Immigration
Attorney at Pollack, Pollack, Issac, &
DeCicco in New York City.
Mario Brown II is an associate Attorney
at Law Offices of David T. Schlendorf in
Toms River, NJ.
Michael A. Fenton was sworn in as
President of the Springfield City Council
in January 2014, making him the youngest
person to hold this office in the history
of the city. Michael practices at the Springfield law firm of Shatz, Schwartz, & Fentin,
P.C., and was honored as one of the top 25
Up & Coming Attorneys in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by Lawyers Weekly.
William M. Newcomb is a Staff Attorney in
the City of Holyoke (MA) Law Department.
Theo Theocles is Deputy Director of Procurement for the City of Springfield, MA.
Class Agent Amber Gould
Joshua N. Bochman is an Associate at the
firm of Stanger and Arnold, LLC, in West
Kristen Brierley accepted an offer for a two-year federal clerkship with Magistrate Judge
Donna Martinez at the United States District
Court for the District of Connecticut.
Kayla Salerno is a Captive Consultant, Captive Advisory Group, at Marsh & McLennan
Companies Inc., in Norwalk, CT.
E. Rhett Towles is Associate City Solicitor
for the City of Springfield, MA.
AnnaMaria Kiaresh has been hired as
In-house Counsel for Farm Credit Financial
Partners in Agawam, MA. She achieved her
goal of graduating from law school despite
being partially paralyzed in a bicycle accident
at age 17 and going through multiple surg-eries, as well as two hospitalizations during
her last year at the School of Law.