After serving in the military as a logistics officer and
achieving the rank of colonel, you retired in 2008 and
started working for the FBI. What is your role there?
“At the FBI, I am ‘professional staff,’ an attorney in the
Office of Integrity and Compliance. I work on legal compliance issues internal to the FBI. My LLM brought me back
into ‘thinking like a lawyer’ after several years of not working in the legal field. It also gave me recent ‘legal experience’ on my résumé.”
How beneficial was it to have the online option for the
“It was most interesting to be in class with students from
all over the U.S. and from varied backgrounds. Everyone
knew everyone else’s ‘story’ as the professors almost
always had us introduce ourselves and tell about our
backgrounds when we started a new class. It was insightful to hear my classmates bring their experiences to the
table. Most were from the private sector and my background had been primarily with the Federal government
legal practice, so it was interesting from the public/private
point of view as well.
Earning the LLM while still living in Germany also
allowed me to transition from my non-legal work at
Special Operations Command-Europe where I worked
as a contract analyst. I was then able to search for legal
positions in the U.S. as I prepared to repatriate after eight
years living and working in Germany with a recent legal
What was your experience like in the LLM program?
“I felt that I had GREAT individualized attention in my
online classes. The classes were small, there was significant opportunity for participation, I could email with my
professors between classes, and I felt distinctly that I was
‘known’ to my professors and classmates. I really had no
idea what it would be like before I started, but I soon
found that I valued, enjoyed, and looked forward to my
class sessions. I quickly learned the personalities of my
professors and enjoyed all of them! I found the content of
my LLM immediately practical.”
Where are they now?
Class Agent Linda Fakhoury
Monsignor John Bonzagni was appointed as
pastor of three Catholic churches in the Berkshires last fall. Monsignor Bonzagni also
serves as the Judicial Vicar overseeing the
Tribunal of the Diocese of Springfield.
Running the New York City Marathon in
November, Stephanie Woods raised $4,500
for Doctors Without Borders. She principal
attorney at her firm, Woods Law Office, LLC.
Class Agent Kelly Cooper Miller
Renee Miller-Mizia joined Dechert LLP in
November 2015 as its chief marketing officer.
Renee was formerly with Alvarez & Marsal
Global Forensic and Dispute Services.
Class Agent Julia Lentini Marquis
David Hoyle was promoted to the position of
member at Hawthorne, Ackerly & Dorrance,
and LLC in December 2015. David was also
named one of the 2015 Connecticut and New
England Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in
the area of probate and estates.
Class Agents: Kelly Koch
Chief Matthew Reed retired from South Windsor, CT’s police force after serving 27 years with
the department, the last five as chief. Matthew
now serves as a labor attorney at Metzger
Lazarek and Plumb of Hartford.
Class Agents: Kendra Berardi
Attorney L. Alexandra Hogan of the Springfield
firm of Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C. was
selected to serve on the Emerging Insolvency
Professionals subcommittee of the American
Spencer A. Stone joined the Business and
Finance Department and the Real Estate
Practice Group of Murtha Cullina LLP, where
he represents clients in commercial and
Michael Viscosi was appointed to the position
of assistant city court judge for Johnstown, NY.
Class Agent John Bandeian
Scott M. Berg was named president and
CEO of the YMCA of Greater Springfield in
Joseph Szawlowski and Kara Merz were
married on June 13, 2015. Joseph is
employed at Szawlowski Potato Farms Inc.,
in Hatfield, MA.
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Nicholas Antenucci was promoted to the
position Of Counsel with Wilson Esler in
James Harrington of Polito & Quinn was
honored as one of the Connecticut Law
Tribune’s New Leaders of Law Award recipients.
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Western New England University
School of Law
Alison Jameson LLM ’ 10
Office of Integrity and