University Announces Partnership With Robinson+Cole
To provide the campus community with the highest quality and most comprehensive legal support possible, the University is pleased to announce we are transitioning to an outsourced legal model. As previously shared, Vice President and General Counsel Maria Feeley is leaving the University of Hartford to become the chief legal officer and general counsel at her law school alma mater, Washington and Lee University.
The University has engaged Robinson+Cole, an AmLaw 200 law firm, and, importantly, a firm with a strong presence in Connecticut. This is an opportunity to leverage the depth and breadth of the capabilities of a firm such as Robinson+Cole, while more effectively consolidating the current use of outside resources.
Attorney Kate Dion, chair of Robinson+Cole’s Education Law Industry Team, will be the University’s lead counsel and point of contact. She will take general responsibility for management of all Robinson+Cole’s work for the University. In this new model, all legal staff will move under Kate’s oversight and remain University employees. Our Title IX investigator will transition to report to Lisa Tutty, head of University investigations. As lead attorney, Kate will attend meetings of the president’s Cabinet and provide onsite coverage at Board of Regents meetings. She will be supported by colleagues at Robinson+Cole, providing legal services to the University 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Robinson+Cole identifies collaboration, civility, and inclusion as core values that have been the foundation of its proud history—and as the inspiration for its future. In addition to legal expertise, the firm is known for its dedication to client service and community engagement.
We look forward to working with Robinson+Cole in this new partnership and welcome Kate Dion onto the University team.