Former state Sen. Eric Coleman and business executives Cheryl Chase and Steve Greenspan are set to be honored next month with awards from the University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association. Coleman, who retired in January after serving 22 years in the state senate, will receive the 2017 Public Service Award. The first African-American chair of the state Legislature’s Judiciary Committee, Coleman represented the 2nd district, comprising parts of Bloomfield, Windsor and Hartford. Coleman also served as deputy president pro tempore of the Senate and 11 years in the Connecticut House of Representatives, where he held a variety of leadership positions, including deputy speaker. He is a 1977 graduate of UConn School of Law and resides in Bloomfield.
Chase, co-president and general counsel of Chase Enterprises will receive the 2017 Distinguished Graduate Award. Chase is active in a host of social and civic causes, serving as a trustee of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and the Connecticut Health Center. She also has been a trustee of the University of Connecticut Law School Foundation. She is a 1978 graduate of the Uconn School of Law and resides in West Hartford. Greenspan, vice president and chief litigation counsel for the United Technologies Corp., will receive the 2017 Distinguished Service Award. He is a trustee of the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. Greenspan previously served as a member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s board of directors and its president in 2004. He was also a trustee of the University of Connecticut Law School Foundation and president from 2014 to 2017. He is a 1985 graduate of the Uconn School of Law and resides in West Hartford.
The awards will be presented at the UConn Law School Alumni Association Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry St., Plantsville.
Robinson & Cole lawyer Dwight Merriam was awarded the Jefferson B. Fordham Society of the American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government Law’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Merriam received the award during the society’s 20th Awards Luncheon on Aug. 11, held in conjunction with the ABA’s 2017 annual meeting. Merriam is a member of Robinson & Cole’s real estate and development group, where he represents landowners, developers, governments and individuals in land-use matters. Merriam founded Robinson & Cole’s land-use group in 1978 and is a fellow and past president of the American Institute of Certified planners, a former director of the American Planning Association and former chair of the Institute for Local Government Studies at the Center of American and International Law. Merriam also teaches land-use and property law at the Quinnipiac University School of Law and has published more than 200 articles and 13 books. Merriam has been a member of the American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government Law for nearly 40 years and served as its chair for the 2010-2011 term.