Alfred P. Bruno
Alfred P. Bruno recently joined Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C. as Senior Counsel in the firm's Litigation and Education Law Departments. He formerly served as General Counsel for the State Education Resource Center (SERC), a quasi-public agency in Middletown, CT, where he provided legal expertise to the Executive Director and Board of Directors. In his previous role, Attorney Bruno also conducted contract negotiations, handled employment law matters, and coordinated agency initiatives. In his more than ten years with SERC, he was also responsible for creating and presenting state-wide and in-district training seminars for school districts on topics such as Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Bullying and Harassment, Paraprofessionals as Partners, and Response to Intervention (RTI)/Scientific Research-Based Interventions (SRBI).
Attorney Bruno was also charged with the oversight of a multi-year early childhood grant called "Recognition & Response" (R&R) in collaboration with the Connecticut State Department of Education, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. R&R is a tiered model for providing high-quality instruction and targeted interventions matched to the learning needs of children ages three through five. R&R is designed to help early childhood teachers recognize children who show signs of early learning difficulty and respond in ways that help them experience early learning success. The R&R model is based on the principles of RTI, but adapted for younger children in pre-K settings.
Additionally, Attorney Bruno facilitated training and technical assistance programs for educators and families for the SERC Early Intervention Project (EIP), which focuses on empowering educators to meet the instructional and behavioral needs of students in the classroom. This is promoted through a collaborative partnership of school and family focused on student progress, responsibility for all students, school-wide learning communities, effective instructional practices, and early intervention services/SRBI. The goals are the reduction of inappropriate referrals for special education evaluation and improving student achievement.
Lastly, Attorney Bruno was accountable for the SERC Leadership Initiative, which provided professional development opportunities to school leaders with the goal of improving student achievement, including students with disabilities. He coordinated a variety of interactive sessions with job-embedded, reflective opportunities for educational leaders to engage with their peers.
Attorney Bruno is a graduate of Bates College and the Quinnipiac University School of Law where he was recognized with the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award for Trial Practice, the Outstanding Legal Scholarship Award, and the Service to the Community Award. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut and the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Attorney Bruno lives in Seymour, Connecticut, with his wife and two children. He is passionate about contributing his time and efforts to the community, currently serving his third term on the Seymour Board of Selectmen and as President of the Seymour Soccer Association for a decade. Attorney Bruno also conducts "alumni in admission interviews" for his undergraduate alma mater, Bates College.
Areas of Practice
- Education Law
- U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
- Quinnipiac College School of Law, Hamden, Connecticut
- J.D. - 1997
- Honors: Member, Moot Court Honor Society
- Honors: National Family Law Moot Court Competition Semi-Finalist
- Honors: Recipient: Distinguished Academic Achievement Award, Trial Practice
- Honors: Outstanding Legal Scholarship Award
- Honors: Service to the Community Award
- Bates College
- B.A. - 1992
- Honors: Bates College President's Advisory Committee
- Major: History
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Connecticut Bar Association
- Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), State Education Resource Center (SERC)
- Paraprofessionals as Partners, State Education Resource Center (SERC)
- Response to Intervention (RTI)/Scientific Research-Based Interventions (SRBIs), State Education Resource Center (SERC)
- Bullying and Harassment, State Education Resource Center (SERC)
Pro Bono Activities
- Seymour Board of Selectmen, Selectman
- Seymour Soccer Association, President
- Bates College “Alumni in Admission” Volunteer