May 18, 2014
Student Speakers Represent Range of Interests, Cultures
by Sarah Ricciardi
The class of 2014 will hear from three student speakers, who were elected by their peers to give the Commencement addresses, during the ceremony on Sunday, May 18. Pro Se caught up with the busy, almost-grads to chat about, among other things, favorite memories from their time at UConn Law and their plans for the future.
Pro Se Interviews Keynote Speaker Barry Scheck
by Jaime Welsh & Liz O’Donnell
What do you think are your biggest accomplishments?
Being lucky enough to help somebody who was wrongfully convicted for a crime and get out of prison and with the assistance of many other people standing up and organizations that are dedicated to that work.
What prompted you to found the Innocent Project?
A colleague, Peter Neufeld, and I had a client in 1988 who we were trying to prove innocent, and I realized we might be able to prove it with DNA testing. We ended up proving it in another way, but in the course of litigating we realized its potential.
Annual Alumni Reunion Undergoes Changes, Hopes to Triple Attendees
by Madiha Malik
UConn Law School’s Annual Reunion, set to take place on Saturday, June 7, has undergone significant changes this year and as a result, is planned to be a larger and more event-filled gathering.
Among the changes implemented, for the first time the school is hosting a “Cluster Reunion,” inviting not only the target classes traditionally included, but also the years directly before and after the target class, tripling the number of invitees.
Poll: Class of 2014’s Preferences
by Martin Mack
Thanks everyone who participated in the survey for this Commencement Issue. The results are very interesting.
Highest responses: (Q1) Favorite Bar, Half Door (33%); (Q2) Post-Grad Destination, Hartford (37%); (Q3) Favorite 1L Class, Contracts (35%); (Q4) Favorite Professor, Kurlantzick (13%); (Q5) Place to eat, Truffles (22%); (Q6) Favorite Floor, Fifth (32%); (Q7) Favorite coffee, “don’t drink” (39%); (Q8) Won’t miss, Finals/Papers (27%); and (Q9) Favorite newspaper, Pro Se (100%).
Library Corner: Best Wishes from the Law Library!
by Law Library Staff
Congratulations on your graduation! We in the law library wish you great success in your legal career! Remember that we are still here to help you – even after you leave law school. Legal practice is team driven, and we will always be a part of yours. Do you have a research-related question you do not wish to ask anyone at your employer? Ask us! We are still available to you by live chat, email, and phone. Are you still in the area? Come see us! Except for a small number of electronic databases with individual logins, our full print and electronic collections are available to you from within our building. Whether you travel near or far, we will always be your library away from home.
Way before the beautiful law library was built in 1996, and before the law school was moved to the current location at 55 Elizabeth Street in 1984, the law school had other campuses. In 1921, the law school opened in rented rooms in the top floor of the Hartford Wire Works (pictured on left). For ten years during the Depression, from 1930–1940, the law school was housed in the kindergarten building of West Middle School at 44 Niles Street (pictured in center). By 1964, a new law school building was completed at 1800 Asylum Avenue (pictured on right), where it remained until moving to the current location.
The Class of 2014, Day Division had the unique experience of having a different Dean each year: Dean Jeremy Paul during 1L year, Interim Dean Willajeane McLean 2L year, and current Dean Timothy Fisher 3L year.