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ALUMNI Notes SPRING 2015
Katherine E. Perrelli was named
to the 2014 Top Women of Law list
by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
She is a partner at Seyfarth Shaw in
Boston. She chairs the firm’s national
Richard Sullivan Jr. was named CEO of
the Economic Development Council of
Western Massachusetts. Prior to this
appointment, he served as secretary of
energy and environmental affairs, and more
recently chief of staff for the Gov. Deval
CLASS REUNION YEAR
Class Agent Judith Jones
Scott H. Cupp was appointed to the Hendry
County Court in Florida. Scott, president
of the Law Office of Scott H. Cupp, LLC,
served as Assistant State Attorney in the
Twentieth Judicial Circuit from 2003 to
2006 as chief of the Felony Division.
Elizabeth J. Locario was special guest
facilitator of the “Book Discussions through
the Decades” series conclusion as part of
The Pearl Street Branch Library’s 100th
Anniversary in Enfield, CT.
Donna Reinbolt is an active member of
the Houston Bar Association. She is also a
member of the board of directors of The
Lymphoma Research Foundation. Donna was
nominated for a Shorty Award as part of the
7th Annual Shorty Awards, honoring the people and organizations producing real-time
short form content across the social web.
Class Agent Michael Borg
Leo V. Diana was appointed to serve as a
Superior Court judge in Connecticut. He is
the current mayor of the Manchester, CT, as
well as a partner with Diana, Conti & Tunila,
LLP in Manchester.
Deborah L. Purrington was welcomed
as counsel to the Bulkley Richardson law
firm, and she will practice from its Springfield
office. She manages a new trustee support
services program initiated at the firm to help
individuals serving as trustees to fulfill their
duties by delivering advice and practical help
throughout the life of a trust.
John R. Skelton joined the litigation department for the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP,
in Boston. He will continue to counsel
clients on antitrust compliance issues and
antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions. John was also selected as the 2014
Lawyer of the Year for Franchise La w in
Boston; and named a Best Lawyer in Franchise Law for 2013-2015, and included in
Super Lawyers for Litigation.
CLASS REUNION YEAR
Class Agent Kathleen Porter
Bonnie D. Kumiega joined Updike, Kelly
& Spellacy, P.C. as a shareholder/principal.
Previously she was founder and principal of
Bonnie D. Kumiega & Associates, LLC, a general practice law firm in Somers, CT. Bonnie
will be the office leader for the Storrs office
of UKS and will continue to serve clients
from her office in Somers.
Where are they now?
You were a prosecutor in housing, drug, and domestic violence courts.
How did you get into those areas of law, and what do you feel your
impact has been?
“I began my legal career at the District Attorney’s Office in Springfield, MA.
That office provided advanced training and resources for dealing with domestic violence cases.
“Upon my joining the State Attorney Office in New Haven, I was recruited
to work with a team of court personnel to implement a new domestic violence
pilot program. Once that docket was in place, a drug court pilot project was
announced and I joined that team to implement, plan, and manage the docket.
“Unlike the domestic violence project, the drug court collaborated with
many community resources from education, employment, and housing, to
support networks, to assist the participants in eliminating criminal activity
and maintaining sobriety.
“I took a one-year sabbatical to work for the Department of Justice, Drug
Court Program Office in Washington, DC. Next I became a community prosecutor in the Housing Division of the Superior Court. There, I continued to
fine-tune my trial skills, along with my community collaboration and mediation
skills, while working with 44 towns to address fire, safety, and health code
regulations and violations in their neighborhoods. I also handled criminal
disputes between landlords and tenants.
“I truly enjoyed my service as a community prosecutor. I had the chance
to participate in and watch new programs being implemented, based upon
the drug court and domestic violence court foundations. The collaborative,
problem-solving method brings many diverse assets together for the benefit
of the participants. Most members of the public I initially met viewed the judicial system as always us against them. These specialized dockets often
changed this perspective by focusing on developing lasting solutions.”
What has your experience been like as a judge in Superior Court?
“My experience as a judge so far has been very enriching. I am mindful of
the growth in diversity in the Connecticut courts and access to the court for
self-represented litigants has improved greatly.”
What lessons have you taken from your education at the School of Law
and applied to your law career?
“My education at the School of Law provided me with the sense of community
responsibility lawyers have to their professional ethics and their clients to
uphold the law. As a former prosecutor and now a judge, I am required to do
the right thing without emotion or sympathy in making my decision. The sense
of fairness is a great lesson I have carried with me from Western New England. They also instilled in me the awareness that the law is never stagnant.
It is forever changing and the courts must be willing to meet those changes
by embracing technology, continuing education, and being open-minded.”
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