Alumni News

Nancy Lieberman, ’79, One of the National Law Journal’s Outstanding Women Lawyers

April 17, 2015 - 2:31pm

The National Law Journal presents 75 of the most accomplished female attorneys working in the legal profession today.

Original source: 

http://www.nationallawjournal.com/id=1202723557771/?slreturn=20150317152...

The National Law Journal presents 75 of the most accomplished female attorneys working in the legal profession today. These women, selected from hundreds of nominations, represent excellence in private practice, corporate counsel work, public interest representation, legal education and the judiciary.

In making our selections, NLJ editors evaluated nominations submitted from around the country by law firms, corporations, nonprofit organizations and law schools. As we pared down the list, NLJ reporters and contributors investigated further to help make the final choices. The task was difficult, given the success, skill and achievements of the nominees.

  • NANCY LIEBERMAN, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
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Lisa Ellman, ’05, Named 2015 "Rising Star" by Chicago Harris

April 16, 2015 - 4:13pm

For the last several years, she has worked tirelessly to bridge the gap between business innovators and policymakers, including helping to begin to define U.S. policies governing domestic drone use.

Original source: 

http://harris.uchicago.edu/news-and-events/features/alumni-profile/conve...

Lisa Ellman, MPP/JD’05, has been named the recipient of the 2015 “Rising Star” award by the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, which recognizes outstanding alumni under the age of 40. Ellman is a Counsel at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP after having served in senior positions at the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice. For the last several years, she has worked tirelessly to bridge the gap between business innovators and policymakers, including helping to begin to define U.S. policies governing domestic drone use. She recently spoke to Chicago Harris about her work and the complicated considerations around building a domestic drone policy.

What precipitated this recent interest in drones?

Basically, the technology has evolved and improved a lot over the years, and Congress recognized all the benefits that farmers, photographers and other industries could acquire by using them. Congress also realized that many other countries were already using drones domestically, and we need to maintain our nation's competitive advantage. In Japan, 85 percent of crop dusting is done by drones, which is much more efficient and cost effective than conventional methods. Plus, it's usually a lot safer. Not to mention, moviemakers have used drones to film movies abroad for years. It's much less dangerous if a drone falls on a movie set than if a helicopter falls on a set.

So in 2012, Congress mandated in the Federal Aviation Administration [FAA] Reauthorization Act that the federal government integrate drones into the national airspace by 2015. By that time, almost everyone from the White House to the Department of Justice was starting to pay attention—not just the agencies that regulate transportation, but also agencies that were interested in using unmanned aircraft systems [UAS]. Policymakers were interested in discussing the privacy implications, the safety and operational issues, the spectrum issues that concern the Federal Communications Commission, and all the other legal and policy issues associated with integrating UAS into our National Airspace.

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Adam Silver, '88, Is One of Time's 100 Most Influential People

April 16, 2015 - 3:37pm

Since becoming commissioner on Feb. 1, 2014, Adam Silver’s interesting times have included Donald Sterling’s racist rant, Bruce Levenson’s mea culpa, drug-related suspensions of players, salary-cap debates and player-lockout rumors. And he’s handled all these potentially divisive issues with openness, fairness and integrity.

Original source: 

http://time.com/3823281/adam-silver-2015-time-100/

Running the National Basketball Association is like fulfilling that famous curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Since becoming commissioner on Feb. 1, 2014, Adam Silver’s interesting times have included Donald Sterling’s racist rant, Bruce Levenson’s mea culpa, drug-related suspensions of players, salary-cap debates and player-lockout rumors. And he’s handled all these potentially divisive issues with openness, fairness and integrity.

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Ted Ullyot, '94, Joins Andreessen Horowitz To Build First Policy Group At A VC Firm

April 16, 2015 - 2:26pm

The firm has hired Ted Ullyot, who served as Facebook’s general counsel for 5 years, to lead the group. Its goal is to foster contacts between investors, tech startups, regulators and policy makers in an effort to avert potential clashes.

Original source: 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/miguelhelft/2015/04/16/ted-ullyot-joins-andr...

Andreessen Horowitz prides itself in being a full service venture firm. Over the years, it has built a hefty staff of more than 100 professionals that help its portfolio companies with executive recruiting, engineering talent, market development, marketing and corporate development. Now it’s going even broader, creating the first policy and regulatory affairs group at a venture capital firm.

The firm has hired Ted Ullyot, who served as Facebook’s general counsel for 5 years, to lead the group. Its goal is to foster contacts between investors, tech startups, regulators and policy makers in an effort to avert potential clashes.

“I’m going to be working on building a greater understanding between tech companies and regulators, lawmakers and other thought leaders and influencers to make sure that the tech sector, including, but not limited to, Andreessen Horowitz portfolio companies, has good lines of communications with regulators that have become increasingly relevant to the tech sector,” Ullyot said in an interview.

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Deborah Collum, '85, Appointed General Counsel at NEC Energy Solutions

April 8, 2015 - 10:21am

Deborah Collum has been appointed as general counsel, where she has been hired not only to manage the company's daily legal operations, but also provide counsel in corporate strategic development.

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http://www.corpcounsel.com/id%3D1202722836129/Deborah-Collum-to-Power-Up...

NEC Energy Solutions, which develops and manufactures advanced battery products, is recharging its legal department. Deborah Collum has been appointed as general counsel, where she has been hired not only to manage the company's daily legal operations, but also provide counsel in corporate strategic development.

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Bryan Gant, '04, Named Rising Star in Law360

April 6, 2015 - 10:18am

White & Case LLP antitrust litigator Bryan Gant helped steer drug giant Pfizer Inc. to trial court victories in so-called pay-for-delay litigation involving the blockbuster drugs Effexor XR and Lipitor.

Original source: 

http://www.law360.com/articles/639246/rising-star-white-case-s-bryan-gant

White & Case LLP antitrust litigator Bryan Gant helped steer drug giant Pfizer Inc. to trial court victories in so-called pay-for-delay litigation involving the blockbuster drugs Effexor XR and Lipitor, landing the newly minted partner on Law360's list of top competition lawyers under 40.

Gant, a Rising Star at 36, made partner in January, and has been with White & Case since graduating from the University of Chicago Law School in 2004. He said he immediately gravitated toward antitrust law upon joining the firm, enthused by the quality of attorneys he got to work side-by-side with and the chance to do “cutting edge work.”

“It's always complex and it's always new,” Gant said of representing companies in antitrust matters. “You have to really dig in and come to a deep understanding of your clients if you want to know how the antitrust law should apply.”

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Gerald F. Masoudi, '93, Appointed Celgene Corporation Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

April 1, 2015 - 10:51am

Celgene Corporation today announced the appointment of Gerald F. Masoudi as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, effective June 1, 2015. Mr. Masoudi will be responsible for global legal strategy and will serve on the company’s Executive Committee.

Original source: 

http://www.stockhouse.com/news/press-releases/2015/04/01/celgene-corpora...

Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG) today announced the appointment of Gerald F. Masoudi as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, effective June 1, 2015. Mr. Masoudi will be responsible for global legal strategy and will serve on the company’s Executive Committee.

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“Jerry brings a wealth of experience to Celgene” said Mr. Hugin. “His deep understanding of regulatory policy and his significant healthcare-related legal expertise will add valuable perspective to our leadership team.”

Mr. Masoudi joins Celgene from Covington & Burling LLP, a leading international law firm, where he is a partner and serves as co-chair of the Food and Drug practice group. At Covington, he has advised multinational companies and trade associations on significant litigation, enforcement, regulatory and public policy matters. Before joining Covington, Mr. Masoudi served as Chief Counsel of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Before joining FDA, Mr. Masoudi served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for international, policy and appellate matters in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Before his government service, Mr. Masoudi was a trial and litigation partner with the law firm Kirkland & Ellis. Immediately following his graduation from law school, he clerked for Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Mr. Masoudi received his J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School, graduating with high honors and serving on the editorial board of the Law Review. He received his B.A. in economics from Amherst College, Phi Beta Kappa.

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George Wise, '48, 1924-2015

April 1, 2015 - 10:46am

George Wise, JD 1948, died on March 28, 2015, at his home in Long Beach, CA. He was 91 years old.

George Wise, JD 1948, died on March 28, 2015, at his home in Long Beach, CA. He was 91 years old.

George was an editor of the Law Review. After the Law School, he clerked for Justice Schenk at the California Supreme Court. He then moved to Long Beach where he practiced with fellow UChicago graduates Raymond Simpson and Robert Kilpatrick for many years and later as the senior partner in a firm he established with his daughter-in-law, Susan Anderson Wise, JD 1974, and others.

His many accomplishments included his election to the American College of Trial Lawyers, his participation as an observer of the Nicaraguan elections as part of a delegation led by Jimmy Carter during the Reagan administration, and his advocacy as a lawyer for, among others, the American Gold Star Mothers in Brown v. Memorial National Home Foundation, a significant California charitable trust case that secured a housing project for the organization whose members are mothers of U.S. Servicemen who die during their military service. He was married for 54 years to Patricia Eleanor Wise (nee Finn), who preceded him in death, and he is survived by his five children (including Erich Wise, JD 1948), eleven grandchildren (including Caitlin Carter, nee Wise, BS 1999), and five great-grandchildren.

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Leonardo Loo, '96, Appointed Business Law Practice Group Chair at Quarles & Brady

March 31, 2015 - 9:24am

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Phoenix partner Leonardo Loo has been named the chair of the Phoenix office’s Business Law Practice Group.

Original source: 

http://hmapr.com/client-news/quarles-brady-appoints-leonardo-loo-as-phoe...

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Phoenix partner Leonardo Loo has been named the chair of the Phoenix office’s Business Law Practice Group. In addition to his new role, Loo will also continue to serve as a member of both Quarles & Brady’s Finance and China Law Practice Groups, respectively.

Loo, who focuses on mergers and acquisitions, commercial financing, international transactions, securities, and general corporate law involving clients in a wide variety of industries, is also currently serving as the chair of the board of directors for Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC), a statewide community development corporation committed to building stronger, healthier communities as a lead advocate, coalition builder, and direct service provider. CPLC promotes positive change and self-sufficiency to enhance the quality of life for the benefit of those it serves. Loo volunteers on the boards of directors for the Arizona Asian American Bar Association and Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce, respectively, and also serves as general counsel for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

In 2014, he was honored with the Community Leader of the Year Award from the Phoenix chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals for his devotion to the community and outstanding service to the Valley. Loo earned his law degree from the University of Chicago and his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.

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Profile of Deno Himonas, '89, Utah's New Supreme Court Justice

March 23, 2015 - 9:48am

Deno Himonas’ life makes a strong case for the value of education, hard work and loving parents.

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http://www.sltrib.com/home/2312093-155/immigrants-choice-launched-the-in...

While growing up, Deno Himonas considered becoming a Greek Orthodox priest. When he told his mother, she said he could be anything he wanted to be — as long as it was a doctor or a lawyer.

So Himonas made what he calls "the immigrant's choice" and, after ruling out medicine, settled on the law. That choice has taken him from law school to private practice to a 3rd District judgeship and, finally, to a spot on the Utah Supreme Court.

On Wednesday, Himonas joined Utah's high court, filling a vacancy created by Justice Ronald Nehring's retirement. He became the first Greek-American on the Utah Supreme Court and, currently, its only non-Mormon justice.

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A Conversation with Nirav Dinesh Shah, '07, New Head of the Illinois Department of Public Health

March 19, 2015 - 4:41pm

In January 2015, Governor Bruce Rauner appointed Nirav Shah, JD’07, MD’08, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Original source: 

http://sciencelife.uchospitals.edu/2015/03/19/a-conversation-with-nirav-...

In January 2015, Governor Bruce Rauner appointed Nirav Shah, JD’07, MD’08, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. He took office on Jan. 20. Soon after, ScienceLife met with Shah, 37, to discuss his hopes and plans for an organization created to “protect the health and wellness of the people of Illinois” and the training—much of it at the University of Chicago—that prepared him for the role.

About getting “the call”

Science Life: You have now been on the job for nine days. How does it feel so far?

Nirvana Shah: Those nine days have brought a level of busyness that I didn’t think was out there in the world, and this is coming from someone who spent years at one of the world’s biggest and busiest law firms. It has been outrageously busy, with many moving parts.

Sometimes it can be stimulating to hit the ground running. What made your first days here so challenging?

It’s a huge new job that requires a lot of rapid acculturation. Then, on Day Four, we had a case of measles. That dominated my first weekend.

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Felicia H. Ellsworth, '05, Named 'Up & Coming Lawyer' by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

March 19, 2015 - 3:05pm

The winners are submitted by nomination process and chosen by a carefully picked selection panel. 

Original source: 

http://masslawyersweekly.com/excellence-in-the-law/2015-honorees/

Felicia H. Ellsworth has been selected as an Up & Coming Lawyer to honored at the May 14th annual “Excellence in the Law” event hosted by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and co-host Massachusetts Bar Association. The winners are submitted by nomination process and chosen by a carefully picked selection panel. Ms. Ellsworth has proven herself to be an outstanding attorney and member or the Legal Community and a valued team member of WilmerHale.

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Deno Himonas, '89, Sworn in as Utah Supreme Court Justice

March 19, 2015 - 9:10am

Constandinos "Deno" Himonas was sworn in as a Utah Supreme Court justice at a Wednesday ceremony, where he was described as a dedicated jurist with a great intellect and delightful wit.

Original source: 

http://www.sltrib.com/home/2300043-155/deno-himonas-sworn-in-as-utah

Constandinos "Deno" Himonas was sworn in as a Utah Supreme Court justice at a Wednesday ceremony, where he was described as a dedicated jurist with a great intellect and delightful wit.

Chief Justice Matthew Durrant, who administered the oath, said the justices "are thrilled beyond words" to be joined by Himonas on the state's high court.

And Gov. Gary Herbert — citing Himonas' statement at his confirmation hearing last month that he was committed to making decisions by studying the language of a statute and if there is any ambiguity, its history — said the newest justice will be a good steward of the law who leaves his personal views outside the courtroom.

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Douglas J. Kramer, '00, To Be Nominated by the President for Deputy Administrator, Small Business Administration

March 18, 2015 - 4:50pm

President Obama said, “I am grateful these accomplished men and women have made the decision to serve our country. I look forward to working with them.”

Original source: 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/18/president-obama-a...

Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

[...]

Douglas J. Kramer, Nominee for Deputy Administrator, Small Business Administration

Douglas J. Kramer is General Counsel at the United States Agency for International Development, a position he has held since 2013. Prior to this, he served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary from 2012 to 2013. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Kramer served in the Office of the White House Counsel, first as Deputy Associate Counsel for Presidential Personnel, and then as Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President. Prior to serving in the White House, he served as Counsel in the Antitrust Division at the Department of Justice. From 2006 to 2009, he worked as an Associate and then Shareholder at the law firm Polsinelli PC. From 2001 to 2006, he worked as an Associate at the law firm Covington & Burling. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Kramer served as a Judicial Clerk in the Chambers of the Hon. Walter L. Carpeneti of the Alaska Supreme Court.  Mr. Kramer received a B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

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Todd Pentecost, '99, Joins Greenberg Traurig

March 18, 2015 - 9:41am

Attorneys Peter G. Rush and Todd E. Pentecost have joined the Chicago office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Original source: 

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/03/prweb12589932.htm

Attorneys Peter G. Rush and Todd E. Pentecost have joined the Chicago office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Rush joins as a shareholder and Pentecost joins as of counsel in the Litigation Practice. Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, they were partners at K&L Gates LLP.

"We are very pleased that Pete and Todd have joined us. They are excellent lawyers and colleagues, and have built a substantial practice that complements our litigation practice, both in Chicago and in the firm more generally," stated Paul T. Fox, co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Chicago office.

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Pentecost, 42, is experienced in all aspects of commercial litigation, including securities and consumer class actions, shareholder derivative litigation, investment company litigation, merger and acquisition litigation, multidistrict litigation, complex contractual disputes, breach of warranty claims, commercial tort cases, consumer finance litigation, insurance coverage disputes, municipal zoning and condemnation litigation, restrictive covenant litigation, trade secret litigation, partnership disputes, fiduciary litigation, and bankruptcy adversary proceedings. He has also handled arbitration and appellate matters.

Pentecost has represented numerous publicly held and private companies, investment companies, municipalities, corporate officers and directors, investment company trustees, and other individuals in the state and federal courts in Chicago and in other jurisdictions. He has also counseled clients on contract, employment, and compliance issues.

He earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Chicago Law School and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Marquette University.

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Nancy Rotering, '90, Will Enter 10th Congressional District Race

March 17, 2015 - 10:23am

Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering is jumping in the 10th Congressional District race for Congress, triggering a major 2016 Democratic primary brawl with former Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill.

Original source: 

http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/7/71/446278/highland-park-mayor-nan...

Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering is jumping in the 10th Congressional District race for Congress, triggering a major 2016 Democratic primary brawl with former Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill.

“I’m definitely running,” Rotering told me in a phone interview on Monday.

[...]

Raised mainly in Highland Park, Rotering, 53, has an undergrad degree in economics from Stanford, an MBA from Northwestern and a law degree from the University of Chicago. She worked at General Motors and was an attorney at McDermott Will & Emery, leaving the firm to raise four sons. Her husband, Rob, is an executive at Northlight, a financial services firm.

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Tucker Kelly, '96, Appointed CFO at Deciphera Pharmaceuticals

March 16, 2015 - 10:21am

Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on advanced kinase inhibitor treatments targeting the tumor cell and the tumor microenvironment, today announced the appointment of Tucker Kelly as Chief Financial Officer.

Original source: 

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150316005140/en/Deciphera-Pharma...

Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on advanced kinase inhibitor treatments targeting the tumor cell and the tumor microenvironment, today announced the appointment of Tucker Kelly as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Kelly brings over 18 years of financial leadership and strategic management experience to Deciphera.

“We are pleased to welcome Tucker to the Deciphera team,” said Michael D. Taylor, Ph.D., Deciphera’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Tucker has a significant track record of successful financing and strategic transactions including major accomplishments as CFO for both public and private biotech companies as well as a former life sciences investment banker and corporate and securities attorney. His broad range of financial, strategic and operational skills will add additional strength to our management team as our growth accelerates.”

“This is an exciting time to be joining Deciphera as the company’s pipeline of kinase inhibitor therapies continue to advance and show promise as important medicines across a range of cancers,” said Tucker Kelly. “Deciphera has the potential to be a game-changer in the oncology space with its unique approach to developing improved kinase inhibitor treatments that prevent tumor cells from thriving and spreading.”

Prior to joining Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Kelly served as Chief Financial Officer of AdvanDx, Inc., a private molecular diagnostics company. In addition, Mr. Kelly has served as Chief Financial Officer of deCODE Genetics and Critical Therapeutics (CRTX). Prior to joining Critical Therapeutics, Mr. Kelly held lead life science investment banking positions for Canaccord Adams and Robertson Stephens and as an attorney in the corporate and securities group for Foley, Hoag and Elliot, LLP. Mr. Kelly holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Services degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

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Mark S. Lieberman, '59, 1936-2015

March 11, 2015 - 10:22am

He was the beloved husband of the late Florence Mayer Lieberman; loving father of Robin and Karen Lieberman; and dear brother of the late Anne (the late Ben) Brookman.

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http://www.glencoeanchor.com/memoriam-lieberman

Mark S. Lieberman, 83,  formerly of Glencoe, passed away. He was the beloved husband of the late Florence Mayer Lieberman; loving father of Robin and Karen Lieberman; and dear brother of the late Anne (the late Ben) Brookman. Mr. Lieberman was an Army veteran, a graduate of the University of Maine and the University of Chicago Law School. He practiced law in Chicago for over 40 years. In lieu of flowers, contributions to American Heart Association at www.heart.org.

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Adam Silver, '88, Reflects on One Year at the NBA

March 10, 2015 - 9:30am

"Many believe Silver to be the best commissioner in all of professional sports."

Original source: 

http://portlandtribune.com/pt/12-sports/253081-120596-silver-lays-plans-...

Adam Silver’s impact on the NBA in his first year as commissioner has been exponential.

His quick, precise handling of the Donald Sterling controversy brought him immediate attention and affirmation nationwide and gave the league an even greater credibility among its followers.

In December, Silver topped the SportsBusiness Journal’s list of the 50 most influential people in sports business, ranking ahead of ESPN’s John Skipper, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, former Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. SportsBusiness Journal is not alone in such appraisal. Many believe Silver to be the best commissioner in all of professional sports.

Silver, who turns 53 in April, is a suburban New York City native who received his bachelor’s degree at Duke and law degree at the University of Chicago Law School. He began working for the NBA in 1992, first moving up the ladder to the presidency of the NBA Entertainment division, then serving eight years as deputy commissioner and chief operating officer under David Stern.

On Friday, Silver called in from his New York office for a question-and-answer session with the Portland Tribune.

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Melissa London Hilfers, '98, Sells Original Screenplay

March 9, 2015 - 1:45pm

The script has a Gone Girl meets Primal Fear vibe to it.

Original source: 

http://deadline.com/2015/03/undone-melissa-london-hilfers-parkes-macdona...

In a mid-six figure deal made in a competitive auction, Parkes+MacDonald and Black Bear Pictures have partnered to acquire and produce Undone, a spec script by first time writer Melissa London Hilfers, who was a litigator at the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Parkes+MacDonald (through their Image Nation partners) & Black Bear have an option to finance or co-finance the picture. The script has a Gone Girl meets Primal Fear vibe to it. A popular podcast brings a strange, decades-old murder case into the spotlight and leads to a re-investigating of the thirty-five year old murder case,  One of the nations top litigators fights to free the man the entire country believes was wrongly convicted, until she begins to suspect her own past might be the key to the murder itself. They expect the script to be catnip for actresses.

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