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Laura Linde LLM '17 Bird & Bird After Laura Linde LLM '17 earned an undergraduate degree at Freie University Berlin, she wanted to continue her legal education abroad. But she didn’t just want to study more law; she wanted to practice it.

Don Bell '13 Director of the Black Talent Initiative, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Don Bell has used his law degree and dedication to community service to make strides towards diversity on Capitol Hill.

Timothy Smyth '07 Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Programs, Division of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Department of Housing and Urban Development Timothy Smyth was heading for an academic career when his study of apartheid and the slave trade turned him toward law school.

Fernando de Mello Barreto S.J.D. Candidate Fernando P. de Mello Barreto, a candidate for an S.J.D. degree from UConn School of Law, has had a distinguished diplomatic career that included assignments as Brazil's ambassador to Russia and to Australia.

Jeff Bone S.J.D. Candidate The story of a farm family in Madagascar struggling to feed themselves after a mining operation restricted use of their land inspired Jeff Bone's research toward an S.J.D. at UConn School of Law.

Michael Aresco ’76 Commissioner American Athletic Conference As many UConn Husky fans well know, Michael Aresco ’76 is the commissioner of the American Athletic Conference (AAC), the legal successor to the old Big East, which Aresco was hired to head up in August 2012. The AAC could hardly have chosen a more qualified person.

Cheryl Sharp '93 Human Rights Attorney Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities In 1993, Cheryl A. Sharp ’93 followed through on her longstanding plan to do advocacy work when she signed on as a law clerk with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO).

Cindy Johnson '11 Staff Attorney Connecticut Veterans Legal Center When Cindy Johnson ’11 began her studies in the evening division at UConn Law in 2007, she had 20-plus years of experience in software development on her résumé and a self-described “dream” of being a public interest lawyer.

Emily Roisman '85 Vice President and Corporate Counsel Feld Entertainment When Emily Roisman '85 left her practice as a partner to join the circus she was not pursuing a childhood dream to be a tight-rope walker. Rather, Roisman went to work for Feld Entertainment®, the world’s leading producer of live family entertainment, including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus®.

Joseph C. Steffan '94 Executive Director Morgan Stanley When Joseph C. Steffan '94 entered the Law School in 1991, he was in the midst of a public battle over his discharge in 1987 from the U.S. Naval Academy based solely on a truthful acknowledgement of his sexual orientation. Steffan shares his thoughts on the repeal of the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

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