Full-Time Insurance Law Faculty
Jill C. Anderson
Associate Professor of Law
Before joining the Law School faculty in 2008, Professor Anderson was on the faculty of Western New England College School of Law. She is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law, where she was a James Kent Scholar. Professor Anderson analyzes the language of insurance contracts using linguistics, growing out of her graduate work at Stanford University and the University of Copenhagen. Before entering academe, Professor Anderson was a Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney at Western Massachusetts Legal Services. She teaches principles of insurance and is the author of “Just Semantics: The Lost Readings of the American with Disabilities Act," 117 Yale L.J. 992 (2008).
Professor in Residence
Professor Day joined the Law School in 1999 after retiring from CIGNA Corporation, where he was Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel for insurance, healthcare benefits, pensions and investment law. Prior to joining CIGNA, he held a number of positions in federal and state government, private practice and academia. These activities included Assistant to the Vice Chairman of the Federal Power Commission, Special Counsel to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Deputy Superintendent of the New York Insurance Department, Insurance Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Virginia, of counsel with Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C., and Visiting Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada. He teaches insurance law, health care financing and the law, business organizations, and regulation of financial institutions. Professor Day is a graduate of Oberlin College and Case-Western Reserve Law School.
John Aloysius Cogan, Jr.
Associate Professor of Law and Roger S. Baldwin Scholar
Health insurance expert John Cogan joined UConn Law’s team of insurance law and financial regulation scholars in 2013. The holder of an M.A. in government from the University of Texas and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, Professor Cogan focuses his research and teaching on health care organizations and finance, health law and policy, federal health programs, health care fraud and abuse, and health insurance law. He is the co-author of a treatise on Medicare and Medicaid bankruptcy issues, as well as the author of numerous scholarly articles on a range of health insurance topics, including the Affordable Care Act and HIPAA. Professor Cogan, who teached Health Law and a course on health care insurance and financing, taught previously at Rogers Williams School of Law, Penn State University’s Department of Health Policy and Administration, Penn State Dickinson School of Law, and Duquesne University School of Law. Prior to beginning his career in the academy, Professor Cogan practiced for nearly 20 years, including six years as assistant regional counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he represented the department in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters, and five years as executive counsel for the Rhode Island Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner. He also worked as an associate with Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP in Providence and Day, Berry & Howard in Boston. In addition, Professor Cogan has provided pro bono legal services to veterans appearing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Ellen Ash Peters Professor of Law
Kaaryn Gustafson has extensive knowledge of the nation's welfare system, and how rules and regulations actually function in practice. Her research focuses on law and inequality and draws heavily upon both empirical research and critical theory. Her book Cheating Welfare challenges readers to question their assumptions about welfare policies, welfare recipients, and crime control policies in the United States. Professor Gustafson earned her A.B. magna cum laude in Sociology from Harvard College and her J.D. and Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Gustafson worked as a litigator at a San Francisco law firm and as a policy analyst and advocate at the Welfare Rights Education and Advocacy Project of the Women of Color Resource Center in Oakland. In the insurance law program, she teaches law and the welfare state.
Mark Weston Janis
William F. Starr Professor of Law
Professor Janis graduated from Princeton, from Oxford where he was a Rhodes scholar, and from Harvard Law School. He served as a U.S. naval officer and practiced corporate and financial law with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and Paris. He is a member of the Faculty of Law of the University of Oxford where he was Reader in Law, Fellow of Exeter College, and Director of Graduate Legal Study, and is now Visiting Fellow. The author of numerous books and more than 60 articles on public and private international law, Professor Janis has taught European human rights law and international aspects of insurance law in the insurance law program.
Dalié Jimé nez
Associate Professor of Law and Jeremy Bentham Scholar
Professor Jiménez, a rising star in consumer financial protection and bankruptcy law, received the Judge Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing at Harvard Law School for her first article, The Distribution of Assets in Consumer Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Cases, published in the peer-reviewed American Bankruptcy Law Journal. In 2011 and continuing into 2012, she was on leave at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, D.C., where she served as a fellow in the Deposit, Cash, Collections & Reporting Markets group, focusing on credit reporting, debt collection, and debt relief services. Before entering legal academia, she practiced litigation at Ropes & Gray, clerked for the Honorable Juan R. Torruella in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and worked on consumer protection issues at the Massachusetts State Senate.
Executive Director of the Insurance Law Center, Director of Graduate Programs,
and Associate Clinical Professor of Law
Before joining the faculty, Professor Kochenburger was Counsel at Travelers Property Casualty for eleven years. He also spent four and a half years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division of Iowa's Department of Justice. From 1986-88 he served as Special Assistant to the Dean of Harvard Law School. Professor Kochenburger graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School (1986) and holds his B.A. cum laude in history from Yale University (1982). He teaches principles of insurance, liability insurance, comparative insurance regulation, and consumer law.
Associate Professor and William T. Golden Scholar
Professor Kwak's wide-ranging interests include financial services and regulation, fiscal policy, business organizations, and corporate governance. He is the author of two acclaimed books, both written with Simon Johnson: White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt and Why It Matters to You (Pantheon 2012) and 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown (Pantheon 2010). Professor Kwak is a graduate of Yale Law School and Harvard College and holds his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley. He spent three years as a consultant at McKinsey and Company; served as a marketing manager at the Ariba Network; and co-founded Guidewire Software Company, which under his leadership grew to 400 employees and annual revenue of $90 million. He is also co-author of the populate economics blog THE BASELINE SCENARIO.
Alexandra D. Lahav
Joel Barlow Professor of Law
Alexandra D. Lahav is an expert on civil procedure and complex litigation. She has published articles on class actions, mass torts and the political economy of civil litigation. She also serves as an editor on the Mass Tort Litigation Blog. Professor Lahav received her J.D. from Harvard Law School magna cum laude in 1998 and her B.A. from Brown University in 1993. Before entering legal academia in 2004, she litigated civil rights cases with a boutique law firm in New York City and clerked for Justice Alan Handler of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Her courses include complex litigation, civil procedure, legal profession, and legal ethics.
Peter L. Lindseth
Olimpiad S. Ioffe Professor of International and Comparative Law
and Director of International Programs
Peter Lindseth is the Olimpiad S. Ioffe Professor of International and Comparative Law and the Director of International Programs at the University of Connecticut School of Law. His courses include Administrative Law, European Union Law, Legal History, International Business Transactions, Civil Procedure, and Torts. His research focuses on the historical evolution of the administrative state in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as the relationship of administrative governance to the process of European integration. He holds a B.A. and J.D. from Cornell, and a M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in European history from Columbia.
Professor Lindseth has previously served as the Daimler Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin; as visiting professor at Yale Law School; as a fellow and visiting professor in the Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) Program at Princeton University; as a visiting fellow (Stipendiat) at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt, Germany; as a Jean Monnet Fellow at the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies as well as a lecturer at the Academy of European Law, both at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy; and as a visiting professor in the faculty of law at both the Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II and the Université de Droit, d'Economie, at des Sciences d'Aix-Marseille, France. Prior to coming to Connecticut, Professor Lindseth was Research Scholar and Associate Director of the European Legal Studies Center at Columbia Law School, where he was also an Associate-in-Law (teaching fellow). In addition to several graduate fellowships in history and the social sciences, Professor Lindseth was a Chateaubriand Fellow at the French Conseil d’Etat, France’s supreme administrative court. Before entering graduate school in history, Professor Lindseth was a litigation associate with Shearman & Sterling and Rogers & Wells, both in New York, where his matters concentrated primarily in the banking and insurance sectors.
Brendan S. Maher
Associate Professor of Law and Robert D. Paul Scholar
Pension and health insurance expert Brendan Maher holds an undergraduate degree in economics and philosophy from Stanford University and a JD from Harvard Law School. Professor Maher previously taught Employee Benefits, Civil Procedure, Evidence, and Corporations at the Oklahoma City University School of Law, where he was twice voted “Professor of the Year” by students. Professor Maher has written law review articles concerning such topics as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and the judicial role in pension and health care law. Prior to joining the academy, Professor Maher co-founded Stris & Maher LLP, where he represented ERISA beneficiaries before the United States Supreme Court on multiple occasions, including in LaRue v. DeWolff, Boberg & Associates, a 2008 case described by The New York Times as “one of the most important rulings in years on the meaning of the federal pension law known as ERISA.”
Patricia A. McCoy
Director of the Insurance Law Center and Connecticut Mutual Professor of Law
Professor McCoy analyzes financial risk, moral hazard, and systemic risk through the lens of law, economics, and empirical methods. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Before entering academe, she clerked for the late Judge Robert S. Vance of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and was a partner at the law firm Mayer Brown in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in complex financial litigation. In 2010, Professor McCoy joined the U.S. Department of the Treasury on detail. She has taught principles of insurance, banking regulation, securities regulation, mutual fund law, retirement security law, corporate governance, and consumer finance law.
Sachin S. Pandya
Professor of Law
Sachin S. Pandya holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley (B.A. Social Science), Columbia University (M.A. Sociology), and Yale Law School. Before law teaching, he clerked for Judge Jon O. Newman, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and served with distinction as an appellate and civil rights lawyer for the New York Attorney General. He writes on the history of American insurance law and teaches torts and advanced topics in torts and insurance law.
Professor of Law
Professor Schmeiser began her law-teaching career as a visitor at the Law School and left briefly for American University’s Washington College of Law before returning to join the Law School’s permanent faculty in 2005. She received an undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature from Princeton University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Brown University. Following law school, she clerked for the Federal District Court in Washington, D.C., and worked as an associate for the law firm of Shea & Gardner. She teaches in the areas of health law, mental health law, family law, sexuality, gender and the law, and criminal law.
Roger Sherman Professor of Law
Peter Siegelman is an economist whose research and teaching focus on discrimination, insurance, and contracts. Professor Siegelman holds his Ph.D. in Economics (1991) and his Master's in the Studies of Law (1997) from Yale University. He is a Phi Beta Kappa, high honors 1978 graduate of Swarthmore College. His article, “Adverse Selection in Insurance Markets: An Exaggerated Threat,” appeared in the Yale Law Journal. Professor Siegelman’s insurance-related courses include law and economics, corporate finance, contracts, and economics of insurance.
Kurt A. Strasser
Phillip I. Blumberg Professor of Law
Professor Strasser graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1969 and earned his J.D., also from Vanderbilt, in 1972. In 1986 he earned a J.S.D. from Columbia University. Following law school Professor Strasser practiced law with Neal and Harwell in Nashville, Tennessee, and taught at Mercer Law School. He joined the Law School faculty in 1981 and served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1996-99 and Interim Dean from 2006-07. In 2008-09, Professor Strasser also served as Acting Director of the Insurance Law Center. His scholarly writing is primarily concerned with the law of corporate groups as well as with environmental law and policy. Professor Strasser teaches Environmental Law, Contracts, and Antitrust.
Professor of Law
Professor Utz received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Louisiana State University (1967), a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Cambridge (1977), and a J.D. from the University of Texas (1979), where he graduated with high honors and was an Articles Editor of the Texas Law Review. He clerked for Judge Joseph T. Sneed of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1979-1980) and practiced law as an associate attorney at Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered, in Washington, D.C. (1980-1983). He has taught at the Law School since 1983. A leading authority on tax law and tax policy, Professor Utz writes on tax and philosophical topics. He has taught surety law and a broad array of tax law courses.
Carol Ann Weisbrod
Professor Weisbrod graduated from Columbia Law School in 1961 and worked for the American Jewish Congress, the New Haven Redevelopment Agency and the Yale Law School before entering law teaching. Professor Weisbrod is the author of The Boundaries of Utopia (1980); Butterfly, the Bride (1999); Emblems of Pluralism (2002); Grounding Security: Family, Insurance and the State (2006), as well as a family law casebook and many law journal articles in such areas as political theory, legal history and family law. She has taught contracts, commercial law, family law and church and state and also taught U.S. Law for foreign students and a seminar on Religion, Risk and Responsibility, developed in connection with the Insurance Law Center.