Meet Some of the UConn Law 2023 Graduates

The UConn School of Law celebrated 218 graduates on May 14, including 156 who received JD and 62 awarded LLMs. Those graduates came from across both the United States and the world, bringing a diversity of experiences to UConn Law.

UConn School of Law celebrates the Class of 2023 at the commencement festivities on May 14, 2023.

Get to know eight of this year’s graduates:


Stevie Della-Giustina believes the legal profession offers a unique opportunity to be of service to others and to help bring justice for those who might not expect it.



Mumina Egal found that reaching out to upper-level students, professors, and alumni gave her invaluable knowledge and enriched her experience.



Madara Meļņika‘s LLM from UConn School of Law is her third law degree. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law from the University of Latvia.



Jennifer Messina  enrolled in law school after 15 years of working at a non-profit, motivated in part by her young daughter.



Joe Miller is acutely aware of how the law can shape students’ lives, after working at a magnet high school in Hartford that came out of the Sheff v. O’Neill school desegregation lawsuit.



Julián Quiñones Reyes  has worked as a paralegal in the public sector for nearly a decade and wanted to advance his career and contribute more to the public interest field.



Zain Sarmad will bring memories of following the UConn men’s basketball national championship back to the University of Nottingham in the U.K.



Bryce Simmons appreciated how quickly she was able to get to know people and feel part of the community on UConn Law’s close-knit campus.



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