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Collin O’Connor Udell Receives Second Amicus Service Award by the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA)

HARTFORD, CT (April 3, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to congratulate Collin O’Connor Udell, who is the recipient of an Amicus Service Award by the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA).

Ms. Udell was honored for the amicus curiae brief she submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of IMLA in Mount Lemmon Fire District v. Guido. In addition to IMLA, she filed the brief on behalf of the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Council of State Governments, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the International City/County Management Association, the National Public Labor Relations Association, and the International Public Management Association for Human Resources. The Amicus Service Award recognizes lawyers who have been actively involved in legal advocacy for and on behalf of local governments and IMLA, and who have done exemplary work to protect and advance local government interests. Ms. Udell received her first Amicus Service Award from IMLA in 2016 for submission to the U.S. Supreme Court of an amicus curiae brief in Heffernan v. City of Patterson.

The International Municipal Lawyers Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the interests and education of local government lawyers. IMLA honored the Amicus Service Award recipients at the IMLA Mid-Year Seminar in Washington, D.C., during an amicus awards ceremony on March 29, 2019, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Ms. Udell practices in the Hartford, Connecticut office of Jackson Lewis. Her practice focuses on U.S. Supreme Court litigation and on complex or novel issues arising in other federal appeals. She has taken a central role in 41 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, some of which have been widely acknowledged as among the most important cases of the last few terms. In addition to her Supreme Court experience, Ms. Udell has 20 years of experience representing clients in a wide variety of cases in the federal courts of appeals, including matters involving statutory construction and labor and employment.

Ms. Udell has significant clerkship experience, having clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit for the Honorable Bruce M. Selya, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for the Honorable José A. Cabranes, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut for the Honorable Robert N. Chatigny.

As a member of the Supreme Court Committee of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), in 2017, Ms. Udell participated in an extensive evaluation during the nomination process of the qualifications and background of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil McGill Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, and in 2016 participated in a similar evaluation of the Honorable Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.  She is also Co-Chair of NAWL’s Amicus Committee and a member of the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center’s Labor & Employment Litigation Advisory Committee, advising both groups on what cases warrant filing an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal Courts of Appeals.

Ms. Udell earned her J.D. summa cum laude from the University of Connecticut School of Law and her LL.M from Yale Law School.

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