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Law Alumni Class Notes

As printed in the Winter 2018 issue of WNE Magazine


STANLEY LIGHT L’77 (JD) was elected department commander of the Department of Massachusetts Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America. 

THOMAS BOWMAN L’79 (JD) has retired as deputy secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Previously he worked as the staff director for the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.


BRIAN ADE L’80 (JD) was named to the 2018 New Jersey Super Lawyers list as a Top Rated Products Liability Attorney.

BRAD LEWIN L’80 (JD) retired from Pfizer Inc. where he was corporate counsel. He started a consulting firm to provide legal assistance on contract preparation, review, and negotiation in the greater New York City area. 

DONNA CRAIG L’82 (JD) was admitted as a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States by a motion accepted by Chief Justice John Roberts.

NANCY ALISBERG L’83 (JD) was hired as the legal director of Disability Rights Connecticut, Inc., a new protection and advocacy agency dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities.

MITCHELL SHAHEN L’83 (JD) was elected to a county judge position in Beaver County, PA, after many years as a Beaver County attorney.

JULIA DURCHANEK L’86 (JD) is practicing in the area of probate law, guardianship & conservatorship in the Holyoke, MA area. She is also president of the South Hadley, MA Lions Club.

DONNA TODD RIVERS L’86 (JD) was hired as a recruiter by The Berkshire County Regional Employment Board. She is also a small-business owner and independent benefits professional.

BRIAN CANTOR L’87 (JD) moderated a panel discussion on Airbnb Law: “The Implications of Short-Term Rentals for Property Owners and Municipalities” at The Connecticut Bar Association’s Connecticut Legal Conference.

ELLEN FREYMAN L’88 (JD) was named the 2018 Richard J. Moriarty Citizen of the Year by the Springfield, MA Regional Chamber for her selfless devotion to the local community.

ROBERT SACCO L’88 (JD) was sworn in as president of the Hampden County Bar Association in Holyoke, MA, for the 2018-19 year.

PAUL CACCAVIELLO L’89 (JD) was sworn in as Berkshire (MA) District Attorney earlier this year.


ALARIC FOX L’90 (JD) was named the Enfield, CT police chief. He previously served as a colonel in the state police.

ROBERT HERMAN L’90 (JD) celebrated 25 years as an assistant prosecutor in Ashtabula County, OH in addition to 28 years working in a private practice. 

JOHN HENRY L’92 (JD) is now a co-managing partner for the firm Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna in Albany, NY. He has been an associate at the firm since 1994.

LISA MARRELLO L’92 (JD) has been selected for inclusion on “The 2018 Albany Power 100” list by City & State NY. She currently works as the managing principal for the Albany office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

CAROL SIMPSON L’93 (JD) has been named new chief compliance officer for the not-for-profit Anderson Center for Autism of Staatsburg, NY.

STEPHEN BUONICONTI L’95 (JD) was appointed as Agawam’s city solicitor. He is a former county prosecutor, state representative, and senator.

JOHN NASCI L’95 (JD) is currently a hearing officer for the NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. 

SUSANNE SNEARLY L’95 (JD) was named a New England Super Lawyer in the practice of family law for the 9th consecutive year. She is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. 

VICTORIA VELTRI L’95 (JD) was appointed as executive director of the state’s Office of Health Strategy in Hartford, CT, by Governor Dannel P. Malloy. 

RITA AQUILIO L’97 (JD) was selected to moderate the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Family Law Litigation Committee roundtable.

JOHN BUES L’97 (JD) was named to the board of directors of the Cleary School for the Deaf in Long Island, NY.

JONATHAN FORTIN L’97 (JD) has joined Heritage Wealth Advisors as director of tax services in their Fredericksburg, VA office. He previously worked with Deloitte.

KERRY SOCHA L’98 (JD) announced her candidacy for judge for Ellington District Probate Court in Ellington, CT.

KEITH WETJEN L’99 (JD) was taken on as a certified financial planner for Private Capital Group, LLC in West Hartford, CT.


JOELLA FORTIER L’01 (JD) was nominated to be the clerk magistrate at Orange District County in Orange, MA. 

MICHAEL LEEDBERG L’04 (JD) has been named partner at Pierce Davis & Perritano LLP in Boston, MA. His work is primarily focused on litigation defense and trial advocacy in courts of Massachusetts and Connecticut.

JOCELYN ROBY L’04 (JD) has joined Bacon Wilson, P.C. as an associate attorney in Hadley, MA. Her practice focuses on residential real estate.

DENNIS CARROLL L’07 (JD) inherited his father’s tax practice, Carroll Tax Firm, Inc., in Windsor, CT.

KATHRYN WAKEFIELD L’07 (JD) has joined Bulkley, Richardson, and Gelinas LLP (MA) as a counsel in trusts and estates. 

JUSTIN GORMAN L’08 (JD) has joined UCB, Inc. as counsel.

SPENCER STONE L’08 (JD) was promoted to counsel of the business and finance department at Halloran & Sage. He currently represents clients in real estate and other commercial transactions.

TAYLOR BOUCHARD WALLIN L’09 (JD) was named a partner of FMBK, LLP, one of the largest family law firms in California. 

KATHLEEN DION L’09 (JD) was named to BusinessWest’s Forty Under 40. She is currently a litigator at Robinson & Cole LLP in Connecticut.

JOSH WEINSHANK L’09/LLM’10 (JD/Estate Planning & Elder Law) led the expansion of the law firm Cramer & Anderson with the establishment of a new branch in his hometown of Ridgefield, CT.


MEAGHAN MURPHY L’14 (JD) has joined Bacon and Wilson in Springfield, MA as an associate attorney in the litigation department, where she concentrates on labor and employment law.

SYED ZAIN ALI L’15 (JD) has been hired as associate counsel at W2O Group in New York City.

HILARY SULLIVAN L’15 (JD) was appointed an associate at Esser Kent, PC, a firm specializing in family law, elder law, and estate planning in Greenfield, MA.

AMANDA CARPE L’16 (JD) has joined the Gove Law Office as an associate attorney concentrating on real estate transactions, planning, and administration. She interned with the office during law school.

SARAH NORMANDIE L’16 (JD) was selected as a contract analyst for the State of Connecticut Office of Legislative Management/Connecticut General Assembly. 

ALISHA SULLIVAN L’16 (JD) was named the chair of Connecticut Bar Association-Young Lawyers Section Tax Committee. She was also awarded the Star of the Year Award in recognition of her previous role as cochair of the Women in the Law Committee.