LLM Alumni Help
Elders and Families
Navigate the Waters
of Elder Law and
When you launch a new program, you can make
predictions on how it will affect your institution, but
it is hard to gauge the impact it will have on its graduates
and the clients they serve. The LLM in Elder Law and Estate
Planning has empowered its alumni to be passionate advocates for elders and their families.
In this issue of Perspectives, our feature focuses
on graduates of the LLM program (William Carmines
LLM’ 10, Dr. Leslie Tar LLM’ 13, and Aimee Griffin LLM’09)
to see how they are applying the knowledge and expertise in
their practices. It is also our formal introduction of Professor
from Practice Mark Worthington, a longtime adjunct faculty member of the program, who has
been newly named as director of the program. In highlighting the LLM program, much has to
be said about Professor Fred Royal, who championed and built the LLM into a widely respected
and distinctive offering that has graduated more than 200 students. Fred’s tireless commitment
to the LLM program has contributed to the reputation of our School of Law and helped us
to find new ways to make our highly personal legal education available to students seeking
advanced legal education. While Fred is stepping down as director, he remains on the full-time
faculty in both the JD and the LLM programs.
Looking at our JD alumni, I am likewise impressed at the diversity of career paths they have
chosen to follow and to learn where their Western New England legal educations have led them.
This issue is a real example of that.
We are honored to showcase the careers of Maj. Lynn Kincaid ’89, the deputy staff
judge advocate at USAR Legal Command in Maryland, and her colleague Col. Christopher J.
Wood ’90, a civilian attorney for the Department of the Army and also a reserve JAG attorney.
Closer to home, we share the story of Boston immigration attorney Valerie Fisk ’88, who was
recently honored by the Massachusetts Bar Association. Across the country, our “Where Are
They Now?” spotlight catches up with Tom Moran ’06, who journeyed from western Massachusetts to become City Manager of Nome, AK. We then head miles across the pond for our other
“Where Are They Now?” profile with Tom’s classmate Ryan Costello ’06, operations manager for
e TERA Consulting Europe, who is based in Italy. Our faculty focus also brings a global perspective as we journey with alumnus turned Western New England University College of Business
Associate Professor Curt Hamakawa ’84 as he travels with undergraduate students to study the
Rio Olympic Games in Brazil and look at work done by Professor Erin Buzuvis on Olympic
Here on campus, we are happy to welcome new members to our Law Alumni Board of
Directors, including new President Stephen Button ’06. They joined with other board members
to plan and host our important alumni traditions, including our Alumni Recognition Reception,
and our Alumni and Students of Color Dinner. It was wonderful to see so many of you in
attendance at these events.
Wherever your life’s path takes you, each of you is a part of our collective history of the
School of Law. I look forward to connecting with you here on campus and on the road to
continue to tell our story.
Dean and Professor of Law