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Haley Hinton, Editor-in-Chief

Haley is a third-year day division law student seeking Juris Doctorate certificates in Insurance Law & Regulation and Corporate & Regulatory Compliance. As Editor-in-Chief, she is focused on managing journal publications in a virtual law school environment and encourages publications and scholarly debate on how insurance affects and furthers explicit and implicit biases in society, how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts insurance, and what insurance products and services look like in an ever-increasing digital world.

Haley grew up in Ledyard Connecticut and currently calls Hartford home. Before Law School, she attended the University of Connecticut at Storrs where she double-majored in Political Science and Law, Science, and Technology with a minor in Communication. Haley was a member of UConn’s First Accelerated Program in Law in which she held a full 1L law school course schedule while completing her senior year of undergraduate studies. While in Law School, Haley has held the position of Summer Associate at Morrison Mahoney, LLP, Claim Legal Intern at Travelers, and Legal Intern at the Connecticut Department of Insurance. She is also active within the UConn Law School community by participating in the Mediation Clinic, Moot Court Board, Dean’s Council, Student Bar Association, and Mock Trial Society and holding leadership positions on the Corporate and Securities Law Society (CSLS), the Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law Society (AESLS), and Phi Alpha Delta. Haley was also the recipient of the 2020 Hartford County Bar Association Scholarship Award. 

In her free time, Haley enjoys spending time with her rescue dog, cooking, and watching football.

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Kyle Bechet, Managing Editor

Kyle is a third-year day division student and Managing Editor. He grew up in Plainville, Massachusetts: a small town his family proudly called home for five generations. Kyle can trace his maternal lineage to John Billington–the first person to be executed in Plymouth colony. 

Before law school, Kyle attended Boston University where he received a degree in Political Science and Economics. Kyle has more than three years of experience working for insurance defense firms in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. Kyle is an active member of the law school community and has held leadership roles in the Student Bar Association, Corporate and Securities Law Society, First Generation Students Association, Federalist Society, and Mock Trial Society.

Kimberly Wilson, Managing Editor

Kim is a third-year day student and managing editor. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2014 with a B.A. in English and journalism. Before attending law school, Kim worked as an account executive at a marketing agency, where her clients were primarily insurance companies. She is a lifelong Connecticut resident and currently lives in Bloomfield, Connecticut.

During her time in law school, Kim has worked as a research assistant and as a certified legal intern for the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General in the Public Safety Department. She also attended Officer Candidates School for the United States Marine Corps as a law contract in the summer of 2020.

Kim is a member of the UConn Mock Trial Society and served as the secretary of the Women Law Students’ Association. She also participated in a week-long 2019 service project organized by UConn Law to provide free legal guidance to detained asylum applicants at Berks County Family Detention Center in Pennsylvania. During her free time, Kim enjoys hiking with her husband and two dogs.

Donald (DJ) Anderson, SRP Editor

DJ is a third-year day student and the Student Research Paper (SRP) Editor. He grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut and graduated from Providence College in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in English.

In the two years between undergrad and law school, DJ worked as a paralegal while going through the law school application process. While in law school, DJ has worked as a research and teaching assistant for the “Legal Profession: Research and Writing” program, and held leadership roles in the Arts, Entertainment, and Sports Law Society (AESLS), the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), and the Mental Health Committee.

In his free time, DJ enjoys playing and watching sports, reading, and hanging out with family and friends. In addition, DJ is a head coach for a team of high schoolers in the West Hartford Youth Basketball League. His team finished 2-9 partially because of his lackluster coaching.

Jeffrey Bohn, Executive Editor

Jeff is a third-year day division student at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He grew up in Phoenix, Oregon and earned his B.A. in history and a minor in Spanish from Oregon State University. Jeff has served as Vice President of Lambda Legal Society as well as Treasurer of the Latino/a Law Students Association. Jeff also worked as a summer associate at Locke Lord in Hartford. After graduating from Oregon State University, Jeff spent two years living and working in Madrid, Spain and is now fluent in Spanish.

James Brakebill, Executive Editor

James is a third-year day division student at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut where he focused on elections and political economy. Originally from Oklahoma City, he has called Connecticut home for seven years and currently resides in West Hartford. While in law school, James has held positions at Forrest McPadden LLC, the Waterbury Corporation Counsel’s Office, the Connecticut General Assembly, and has also worked as a research assistant. In his free time, he enjoys reading nonfiction, listening to The Beatles, and keeping up with current events.

Veronica Rollins, Technology Editor

Veronica is a third-year accelerated student at University of Connecticut School of Law. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and an Individualized Major in Law and Immigration. During law school, Veronica was the secretary of the Public Interest Law Group. She is currently in the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, which takes on pro-bono asylum applications. She has worked at Electric Boat in their Legal Department and at UConn Law’s Information Technology Department. During her free time, Veronica enjoys cooking and crossfit, and playing with her dogs.

Jeffrey Beck

Jeff Beck is a second-year day student. Jeff is originally from Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University in 2012 with a BA in English. He comes to UConn Law after spending seven years in Scottsdale, Arizona working in the mortgage industry. Jeff has worked as a legal intern at a general law practice in Hartford, Connecticut and also as a Research Assistant for two professors at UConn Law. Jeff also serves on the executive boards of the Corporate & Securities Law Society, the Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Society, the Native
American Law Students Association, and is a UConn Student Ambassador to the New York City Bar. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys taking walks with his pug, Bodie.

Marc Bernatchez

Marc is a second-year day division student at UConn Law. He graduated from University of Delaware in 2019 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and minors in Legal Studies and Political Science.

During the Summer of 2020, Marc worked as a certified legal intern with the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General: Department of Public Safety. He currently works as a law clerk with Brown Paindiris & Scott and serves as President of the First-Generation Student Association at UConn Law. He is also a member of the Connecticut Moot Court Board and the UConn Law Mock Trial Society.

Marc is originally from Shelton, Connecticut, and in his spare time, enjoys sports, outdoor activities, music, and spending time with his dogs.

Collin Cowdery

Collin Cowdery is a second-year day student here at UConn Law School. Collin grew up in the Hartford region and went to high school around the corner from UConn at Kingswood-Oxford. After graduating high school, Collin attended Oberlin College and majored in East Asian Studies, concentrating in Japanese, and took his junior year abroad to study in Kyoto. Collin has worked in both the public and
private reaches of the legal landscape, including time spent interning with the Connecticut State Legislature and with the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, as well as with private law firms here in Hartford. Collin is spending his first summer in law school working with a Federal Magistrate in Hartford and assisting a Constitutional Law professor here at UConn with her research.
Collin is a member of the Moot Court Board, as well as the treasurer of the Native American Law Students Association.

Robert Eagan

Robert is a second-year day division student at the University of Connecticut School of Law enrolled in the JD/MBA dual degree program where he anticipates a graduation date in May of 2022. Originally born in Massachusetts, he is a product of a military family and grew up across the United States with prominent stays in Virginia and Texas. He is proud to call Connecticut home and has lived here for the past 7 years.

Robert graduated from the Honors Program and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Connecticut in May of 2019 with a Bachelors of Arts, double majoring in (Honors) Political Science and Geography, and minoring in Sociology. His legal experience includes working for a small town general practice, two state-wide political campaigns, an insurance firm, and the intellectual property division of in-house counsel for NKT Photonics–the world’s leading supplier in high-performance fiber lasers, fiber optic sensing systems, and photonic crystal fibers. 

Robert is an active member of the law school community and has held leadership roles in the Student Bar Association, the Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Society, the Latino Law Students Association, the First-Generation Students Association, and the school newspaper Pro Se. Robert is also an international award winning negotiator and has been recognized for his performances in Mock Trial and Moot Court competitions. 

Lauren Elia

Lauren Elia is a second-year evening division law student at University of Connecticut. Lauren graduated from Providence College in 2016 with a B.A. in English and Psychology and also played collegiate soccer- Go Friars! In 2019, Lauren obtained her MBA through the
University of Hartford.

Lauren works full time at The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. as a senior claims representative in the Strategic Claims Management Group. As a claim representative, Lauren handles various claims and litigation involving asbestos, lead paint, and other toxic torts, as well as sports-related injuries, false imprisonment and sexual molestation. This past summer, Lauren has had the opportunity to be a Research Assistant for a UCONN law professor.

Lauren is originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, and enjoys spending time with her dog, Gracie!

Matthew Fratamico

Matt is a second year day division student at UConn School of Law where he is pursuing a certificate in Energy and Environmental Law. Matt graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2018 with a B.A. in Communication and a B.A. Justice Studies.

After graduating in 2018, Matt spent a year interning at the City Attorney’s Office in Rochester, New Hampshire. There, Matt practiced research skills, helped solve cases, and attended court hearings. Matt currently interns at the Connecticut Community Law Center where he provides intakes to attorneys on behalf of prospective clients.

Matt is originally from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In his spare time he enjoys traveling and watching sports.

Ahmir Glover

Ahmir Glover is a 2L Day student from Passaic, New Jersey. He received his degrees from William Paterson University. Ahmir graduated with a double major in psychology and criminology, and a double minor in business administration and legal studies. During his 1L summer Ahmir worked as a summer associate at both Raytheon Technologies Corporation and Wiggin & Dana. Ahmir is a member of the Moot Court Board, N.D.R.S., Mock Trial Society and served as a 1L Delegate on the Student Bar Association. In his free time Ahmir enjoys thrift shopping, greek mythology, rollercoasters and gymnastics.

Brendan Liberati

Brendan Liberati is a second-year day division student at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Brendan grew up in Danbury, Connecticut and graduated from Colgate University in 2018, where he double-majored in History and Political Science.

In the one year between undergrad and law school, Brendan worked as a Litigation Researcher at Cramer and Anderson, LLP, a medium-sized law firm located in western Connecticut. In law school, Brendan currently serves as both the Vice President of Membership for Federalist Society and the Secretary for the Italian American Law Student Association (ITALSA). Additionally, Brendan will be working as a teaching assistant for the “Legal Profession: Research and Writing program” in Fall 2020. 

In his free time, Brendan enjoys playing basketball and golf with friends. Brendan is also an avid basketball, hockey, and football fan. Brendan also volunteers as a middle school mock trial judge. Additionally, Brendan, between studying and other commitments, plays the drums whenever he can.

Kendra McGuire

Kendra McGuire is a second-year day student at the University of Connecticut School of Law with a concentration in corporate law. She graduated from Auburn University in May 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Political Science.

In her first year of law school, Kendra joined the Women in Law Students’ Association and participated in both negotiation competitions and mock trial. During her 1L summer, she interned remotely with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. In her free time, Kendra enjoys exercising, organizing, and watching Netflix.

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Devon Michaelis

Devon is a 2L Day student originally from Farmington, Connecticut. She graduated from Boston College with majors in Political Science and History and a minor in Economics. She also played Division I volleyball for the BC Eagles. Prior to attending law school, Devon worked as a legislative intern for State Representative Randy Hunt in the Massachusetts Legislature and interned with The Office of the Child Advocate in Hartford where she reviewed child fatalities in the state. During law school, Devon was a summer legal intern for The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. In addition to membership on this journal, she serves as Treasurer for the Energy and Environmental Law Society, as well as Secretary for the Soccer Club. In her free time, she enjoys coaching high school girls volleyball and exploring creative outlets such as basket weaving and silk painting.

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Leah Smith

Leah Smith is a full-time dual-degree JD/MBA Candidate at the University of Connecticut School of Law and School of Business. Originally from Toronto, she grew up internationally in China, Singapore, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States. She received her BA in Sociology and Philosophy from McGill University in Montreal in 2019. Leah worked as a Law Clerk at Travelers in their Bond and Specialty Insurance Legal department in the summer of 2020, and before this she was a Brand Ambassador at American Eagle Outfitters. She is interested in corporate governance, finance, tax, insurance, business, and healthcare law. In her free time, you can find her reading, painting, or hiking.

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Hanna Webb

Hanna Webb is a 2L day student from Cape Coral, Florida. She attended the University of Miami where she studied Philosophy and Political Science. Hanna has previously worked as an intern for the Public Defender for the 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida, a legal assistant for Lusk,
Drasites, and Tolisano, and most recently, a summer intern at the Office of the State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida. Hanna was a competitive figure skater for twelve years and still skates in her free time.

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Colin Wrinn

Colin is second-year day division student. He grew up on the border of East Haddam and Colchester, Connecticut. Though he calls East Haddam his home, Colin’s mailing address marks Colchester as his town of residence–much to his dismay. Colin studied at Boston College and graduated with a B.A. in History and Political Science in 2019. Since he began law school in the fall of 2019, Colin has worked as a
summer associate for Brenner, Saltzman & Wallman LLP, as a research assistant for a UConn Law professor, and as an administrative assistant in UConn Law’s Center for Career Development. He is the treasurer of Corporate and Securities Law Society, a Leadership Development Fellow, and an active member of Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Society.

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Wojciech Zak

Wojciech is a third-year evening division student at University of Connecticut. Originally from Poland, Wojciech graduated from University of Connecticut in 2017 with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Business Administration. In between undergrad and law school, Wojciech worked at a wealth management firm in Hartford as an operations assistant. Currently, Wojciech works at United Healthcare as a legal services specialist for their Legal, Compliance & Regulatory Affairs team. In his spare time, Wojciech enjoys playing tennis and travelling.

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Adam Zwick

Adam Zwick is a class of 2022 day division student from Storrs, Connecticut. Adam has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Accounting, and a Master’s degree in Accounting, both from Northeastern University. Before law school, Adam worked for four years at Deloitte & Touche in their Audit & Assurance practice based in the Boston, MA office. 

During his first summer of law school, he worked as an extern in the Legal Reinsurance group at The Hartford Insurance, and also worked as a legal assistant at the Gersten Law Offices. During the school year, in addition to serving in leadership roles for the Corporate & Securities Law Society (CSLS), First General Student Association (FGSA), and the Tax Law Society (TLS), Adam will be working as a research assistant for Professor Tom Baker at Penn Law School. In his free time, Adam enjoys exercise, playing golf and tennis, and rooting for all Boston sports teams!