Reprinted with permission from the University of Connecticut
For Robert M. Langer ’73, a partner in the Hartford office of Wiggin & Dana and head of the firm’s antitrust and trade regulation practice group, free time is difficult to come by. But that doesn’t prevent him from finding the time-and energy-to give back to the University of Connecticut School of Law.
For Langer, volunteering covers many bases. He is one of the driving forces behind the Wiggin & Dana Symposium, an annual event run by the editors of the Connecticut Law Review. Last year’s symposium, which Langer moderated, focused on one of the most significant antitrust cases of our time-United States v. Microsoft. This past March, the topic of the symposium was "Guns and Liability in America," one of the day’s hottest issues. "I get a real thrill out of seeing the success of the program," says Langer, who helped organize this year’s symposium. "Wiggin & Dana is committed to ensuring that it continues to be a first-rate event."
In addition to his involvement in the symposium, Langer serves as a mentor to Law School students seeking advice on everything from "how to prepare a resume" to "what do I do after law school." For the last several years, he also has spoken on antitrust issues at the annual Insurance Institute (co-sponsored by the Law School’s Insurance Law Center) and participated in the University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association’s Survey of Connecticut Law, an annual gathering that brings various legal specialists together on campus to update general practitioners on a variety of issues. "I focus on trade regulation," says Langer, who was Connecticut’s assistant attorney general in charge of both the antitrust and consumer protection divisions from 1980 until he joined Wiggin & Dana in 1994. "The Survey is an excellent way for me to share my areas of expertise and contribute to the School."
Langer’s motivation for contributing so much time to the Law School comes from the heart. "I have had a real affection for the School ever since I was a student," he says. "I had so many wonderful professors, many of whom I have remained friendly with for years. The finest teacher I ever had anywhere was Neil Scanlon. When I teach (Langer has taught in the University’s MBA program for more than 20 years), he is the person I have in mind to emulate."
Langer, who writes and teaches regularly on antitrust, consumer protection and health care topics, pauses and summarizes his feelings: "I think the Law School was the best educational bargain in America when I was there. I’m very happy to show my appreciation."