Members

Kendra McGuire, Editor-in-Chief

Kendra is a third-year day student and proud to be the Editor-in-Chief of Volume 28 of the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal. Prior to law school, she graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Political Science. War Eagle! 

As a Connecticut native, Kendra developed a passion for the insurance industry from working alongside her family at Ferguson & McGuire Insurance Services in Wallingford, Connecticut. While in law school, she has worked for the Suffolk County New York District Attorney’s Office and the New Haven firm Buckley, Wynne & Parese. Kendra enjoys spreading her knowledge with others – her time as a Teaching Assistant for a first-year legal research and writing class is one of her favorite law school experiences thus far. As a member of the Womxn in Law Student’s Association, Kendra mentors first- and second-year law students, offering advice and encouragement throughout their law school career. In her final year of law school, Kendra is a student in the United States Attorney’s Office Civil Rights Clinic and is also writing her thesis on insurance law. 

In her (limited) free time, Kendra enjoys spending time in her hometown on the Shoreline, traveling, and yoga.  

Lauren Elia, Managing Editor

Lauren is a third-year evening division law student and managing editor. Before law school, Lauren obtained a B.A. in English and psychology from Providence College and a MBA from 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. Since 2020, Lauren has also worked as a research assistant for Professor Tom Baker, University of Penn Law School, tracking the Covid Coverage Litigation.

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

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Adam Zwick, Assistant Managing Editor

Adam is a third-year 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!

Ahmir Glover, Administrative Editor

Ahmir is a third-year 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.

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Colin Wrinn, SRP Editor

Colin is third-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.

Leah Smith, Executive Editor

Leah is a third-year 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 UniversityLeah worked as a Law Clerk at Travelers and as a Legal Extern at The Hartford during her law school summers. She is also involved with the Center for Children’s Advocacy this semester and volunteers with Statewide Legal Services. In her free time, you can find her painting, hiking, or reading classics.  

Brendan Liberati, Articles Editor

Brendan is a third-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 the Secretary for the Italian American Law Student Association (ITALSA). Brendan served as a Teaching Assistant for the “Legal Profession: Research and Writing” program during the Fall 2020 semester. Since May 2021, Brendan has served as a Research Assistant to Professor Tom Baker, working on the Covid Coverage Litigation Tracker, which monitors COVID-19 business interruption cases. Additionally, Brendan is working with the Connecticut Urban Legal initiative during the Fall 2021 semester.

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

Robert Eagan, Technology Editor

Robert is a third-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 in the state since 2013.

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. 

Marc Bernatchez, Symposium and Write-On Editor

Marc is a third-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 then worked as a law clerk with Brown Paindiris & Scott. He now works as a Law Clerk for Rogin Nassau, LLC. Marc served 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. In addition, Marc also represented low-income taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services as part of the University of Connecticut School of Law’s Low-Income Tax Clinic.  

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

 

Matthew Fratamico, Research Editor

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

During the summer of 2020, Matt interned for the Connecticut Community Law Center where he provided intakes to attorneys on behalf of prospective clients.

During his 2L spring semester, Matt interned for the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General. There, Matt worked with the Environmental Department on a  high-profile case. The work consisted of drafting memos and deposition questions for the attorneys to use.

Since the summer of 2021, Matt has clerked for Letizia, Ambrose & Falls, P.C. There, he works with the firm’s attorneys on employment, mediation, and workers’ compensation cases.

Matt also serves as a student representative for the school’s Student Bar Association.

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

Jeffrey Beck, Membership Editor

Jeff is a third-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 has also served 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.

Collin Cowdery, Associate Editor

Collin is a third-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 spent his first summer in law school working with a Federal Magistrate in Hartford and assisting a Constitutional Law professor 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.

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Devon Michaelis, Associate Editor

Devon is a third-year 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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Hanna Webb, Associate Editor

Hanna is a third-year 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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Wojciech Zak, Associate Editor

Wojciech is a fourth-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.

Patti Garwood, Managing Editor

Sarah Cherfan, Executive Editor

Patrick Conway, Executive Editor

Wyatt McGowan, Executive Editor

Carl Skaats, Articles Editor

Ashley Negrini

Ashley is a third-year evening division law student.  She has worked full time in Academic Affairs at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut since graduating with a B.A. in Psychology from Providence College.  A few years prior to starting at UConn Law, Ashley obtained a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from University of Hartford and has enjoyed using her communication, leadership, and business management skills as her career evolved at Saint Francis.  Saint Francis is a large teaching hospital and Ashley is responsible for managing the numerous education affiliation agreements with partner institutions.  She is responsible for overall education administration and maintains the accreditation requirements of the hospital’s residency programs. 

Ashley is a proud Connecticut native and is lucky to have two homes, one which she shares in Shelton with her boyfriend and cat, and the other which she recently purchased in Wethersfield and shares with her sister. 

Ashley enjoys spending time with loved ones, traveling, hiking and exploring the outdoors, and DIY interior design projects.   

Ashley is excited to be a part of the CILJ team and looking forward to a great year learning more about insurance and supporting the Journal! 

Adam Burns

Adam is a second-year day division student at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 2018. There he was active in his school’s chapter of IEEE-HKN, the Electrical Engineering Honor Society, as well as the campus radio station, 91.7 WHUS FM. During his time at UConn Law, Adam has been active in the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Society and serves on the executive board.  Adam also served as a Summer Associate for St. Onge IP of Stamford, Connecticut during his 1L summer.   

Prior to law school, Adam worked as an Automation Engineer for RBC Bearings in Oxford and Heim Bearings in Fairfield. His areas of experience include automation, electronics, and 3D printing. 

Nicole Zatserkovnity

Nicole is a second-year day division student at the University of Connecticut School of Law. She is from New Jersey. Last year, as a member of the Accelerated Program in Law, Nicole was a dual first-year law student and undergraduate senior. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2021, receiving a B.A. in Political Science and an individualized major.  

Nicole currently serves as a member of Dean Nelson’s Diversity, Equity, and Belonging Committee. In the summer of 2021, she interned at Everest Reinsurance in Warren, NJ. This fall, Nicole returned as an intern at the Office of the Federal Defender in Hartford, CT, after interning there during summer 2020. She is looking forward to joining Morrison Mahoney LLP as a summer associate in 2022.  

Zoe Russell

Zoe is a second-year day student at the University of Connecticut School of Law. She is from Westchester, New York and graduated from Trinity College in 2020 with a degree in English Literature and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric. While there, she was a coxswain for the Varsity Women’s Crew team, head tour guide for the admissions office, and studied abroad in Vienna, Austria. At UConn Law, Zoe is a member of the Negotiations Dispute Resolution Society and serves on the e-boards for the Diversity Alliance as well as the Business and Transactional Law Society. So far, she is most interested in real estate and land use, and she hopes to complete the Transactional Law Certificate.  

Julia Ramirez

Julia is a second-year day division law student from New York.  Julia obtained her Master’s in Public Administration and Bachelors of Criminal Justice Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Prior to law school Julia participated in the TOW and Pinkertown Fellowships at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where she worked directly with incarcerated individuals and drafted policy strategy on safeguarding children at the time of parental incarceration.  

Over the summer, Julia interned with Travelers in their Claim Legal Department and is currently interning at the Office of General Counsel for the town of Middletown, CT. Julia is committed to the advancement of the Latinx community and is a member of the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association and serves as the Vice President to the Latinx Law School Association (LLSA). Additionally, Julia is a mentor for the Womxn Law Students’ Association and a research assistant for Professor VanCleave. 

In her spare time, Julia enjoys hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her little brother. 

Mary Vlamis

Mary is a second-year day student at UConn Law School. Mary graduated from UConn with honors, receiving her B.A. in economics and political science in 2020. There she was heavily involved in the UConn Model United Nations and was passionate about research assistantships in both of her disciplines. 

This past summer she interned at the Center for Children’s Advocacy within their medical-legal partnership.  Mary is currently a law clerk at The Flood Law Firm. In addition to being a member editor of CILJ, Mary is a Womxn Law Students’ Association mentor, a research assistant to Professor Lahav, and a member of the Health Law Interest Group executive board. 

Stephen Falcigno

Stephen is a second-year day student at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He graduated from Trinity College in 2016 with a B.A. in English and Italian Studies (honors.) Before attending law school, Stephen worked as a Project Manager for DXC Technology and founded a political consulting firm. He is a lifelong Connecticut resident from Woodbridge.  

During his time at UCONN Law, Stephen has been elected to the SBA and appointed to the budget committee. Stephen has also been honored to be the judging director for the Mock Trial Society and Vice President of the Negotiations and Dispute Resolution Society along with the Italian American Law Students Society. Stephen was also named the “all-star negotiator” at the UCONN Business Law Negotiation Competition.  

Brianna McKenzie

Brianna is a second-year day student at University of Connecticut School of Law. Brianna is from Windsor, Connecticut. She graduated from The George Washington University in 2018, receiving a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Communication. Prior to attending law school, Brianna worked as a Grants Program Coordinator with Legal Services Corporation in Washington, D.C. 

In the summer of 2021, Brianna worked as a Summer Associate at Locke Lord LLP in Hartford, CT, where she worked on a variety of projects with the Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Group and the Litigation Practice Group. Brianna returned to Locke Lord in the Fall of 2021 as a Legal Extern, and continues to work with the Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Group. She looks forward to returning as a Summer Associate in 2022 to continue expanding her knowledge of privacy and cybersecurity as it relates to insurance. Brianna is a Womxn Law Students’ Association mentor, and a member of the UConn Law Mock Trial Society and Black Law Students Association. 

In her free time, Brianna enjoys traveling, reading, watching sports, singing, listening to music, and playing instruments (violin and guitar). 

Nicole Van Lear

Nicole is a second-year day division student from California. She graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and she also received a Paralegal Certificate from University of San Diego.

Before attending law school, Nicole interned with the public defender’s office and worked as a legal assistant at a criminal defense firm. Nicole is also a member of the Moot Court Board where she serves on the bylaws committee. In her free time Nicole enjoys kickboxing and going to concerts.

Mathew Nanci

Matt is a second-year evening student at University of Connecticut School of Law. He grew up in South Windsor and graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2014 with a B.A. in journalism and communication.  

Before attending law school, Matt worked as a reporter for various newspapers in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and New York. Matt currently works full-time at Aetna as a proposal writer supporting sales to retain current customers and win new business. 

Jenna Pepe

Jenna is a second-year day student at  University of Connecticut School of Law. She graduated from Smith College in 2019, receiving her B.A. in Government with a minor in Economics. Prior to attending law school, Jenna worked as a Litigation Project Assistant at Day Pitney, LLP in Hartford, CT where she supported attorneys in the Insurance, Intellectual Property, and Employment practice groups. In the summer of 2021, Jenna worked as a Claim Legal Intern at Travelers in Hartford, CT where she further developed an interest in insurance coverage and extra-contractural litigation. 

Currently, Jenna is the co-chair of UConn’s National Lawyers Guild chapter and a Research Assistant for both the Insurance Law Center and the Center on Community Safety, Policing and Inequality.

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