Alumni News

Scott Kafker, '85: Nominated to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

June 26, 2017 - 2:58pm

Gov. Charlie Baker will nominate Scott L. Kafker, '85, chief justice of the state appeals court, to serve on the state's highest court at a press conference this afternoon, according to the Boston Globe.

Original source: 

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/0...

Gov. Charlie Baker will nominate Scott L. Kafker, chief justice of the state appeals court, to serve on the state's highest court at a press conference this afternoon, according to the Boston Globe.

The Globe said information about the Supreme Judicial Court nomination was from two sources familiar with the decision.

The nomination comes despite high profile groups and individuals telling Baker he should appoint someone from Western Massachusetts to the Supreme Judicial Court.

Continue reading: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/0...

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Jennifer Coyne, '90: Joins Transdev North America as EVP and General Counsel

June 26, 2017 - 1:56pm

Transdev is pleased to announce that Jennifer Coyne, '90 has been appointed as Executive Vice President and General Counsel effective July 1.

Original source: 

http://www.transdevna.com/getattachment/9e054...

Transdev is pleased to announce that Jennifer Coyne, '90 has been appointed as Executive Vice President and General Counsel effective July 1, replacing Alan B. Moldawer, who will be retiring after 13 years serving as Transdev's first General Counsel.

Coyne brings an impressive legal background to Transdev. For nearly two decades she held progressive roles at United Airlines, providing legal support and analysis in its litigation, international, alliances, regulatory, environmental, helad and safety areas for 65 countries in which United operates. Coyne also served as the lead labor and employment and benefits attorney for the 2010 United Airlines and Continental Airlines merger and the subsequent integration work. Prior to this, she worked as Assistant Corporate Counsel for the City of Chicago and has also worked in private practice.

Continue reading: http://www.transdevna.com/getattachment/9e054...

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Charlotte Adelman, '62: Author, Native Plant Lobbyist

June 26, 2017 - 1:51pm

Charlotte Adelman, '62, has a longstanding love affair with Midwestern native plants and lobbies for public awareness and planting of native species, in order to nurture and nourish native fauna like butterflies and bees. Her most recent book on the subject, written with Bernard L. Schwartz, "Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees," was published this spring by Ohio University Press, and is available through the publisher and amazon.com.

Original source: 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/wilmett...

Wilmette resident Charlotte Adelman has a longstanding love affair with Midwestern native plants – she was one of the people behind the Wilmette Park District's Centennial prairie garden – and lobbies for public awareness and planting of native species, in order to nurture and nourish native fauna like butterflies and bees. Her most recent book on the subject, written with Bernard L. Schwartz, "Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees," was published this spring by Ohio University Press, and is available through the publisher and amazon.com.

Q: How did you become interested in native plants?

Continue reading: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/wilmett...

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Owen Byrd, '89: Profiles in Innovation

June 22, 2017 - 9:54am

Checking in with a leading voice in legal technology, on the occasion of a major new product launch.

Original source: 

http://abovethelaw.com/2017/06/profiles-in-in...

Over the course of preparing for yesterday's webcast on legal analytics and commercial litigation, hosted by Above the Law and sponsored by Lex Machina, I had the pleasure of getting to know Owen Byrd, the company's chief evangelist and general counsel. I was so intrigued by his story - both his own career trajectory, and the origins and growth of Lex Machina - that I caught up with him by phone later in the day for more detailed discussion.

Owen Byrd is no stranger to our pages. He's a prominent figure and thought leader in legal, tecnology, and entrepreneurship circles, and we have interviewed him and cited his work in the part. But I thought that now would be an opportune time to visit with him again, in light of Lex MAchina's launch yesterday of Legal Analytics for Commercial Litigation.

Here's a (lightly edited and condensed) write-up of our conversation.

Continue reading: http://abovethelaw.com/2017/06/profiles-in-in...

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Alden Guild, '57: Remembered, Honored: 1929-2017

June 19, 2017 - 12:04pm

Alden Guild, '57, who lived a long life — rich with family, friends and achievements — died on January 13, 2017 at the age of 87.

Original source: 

http://www.montpelierbridge.com/2017/06/alden...

Alden Guild was remembered and honored on May 20 at a memorial service at Norwich University’s White Memorial Chapel, then with a military internment at the Norwich University Cemetery. Following the internment there was a luncheon reception at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier.

Guild, who lived a long life — rich with family, friends and achievements — died on January 13, 2017 at the age of 87. He was a Montpelier resident for almost 60 years.

Among his many credits, Guild was a Dartmouth College graduate, a Korean War veteran and a University of Chicago Law School graduate. For more than three decades, Guild was an attorney in the law department of National Life Insurance Company, rising to the position of Senior Vice President and General Counsel. After his retirement from National Life, Guild was “Of Counsel” at the Montpelier law firm McKee, Giuliani & Cleveland.

Continue reading: http://www.montpelierbridge.com/2017/06/alden-guild-remembered-honored-july-3-1929-to-january-13-2017/

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David Fromkin, '53: 1932-2017

June 16, 2017 - 9:55am

David Fromkin, '53, a nonacademic historian whose definitive book on the Middle East warned the West against nation-building by partitioning antagonistic religious groups behind arbitrary boundaries, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 84.

Original source: 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/15/world/midd...

David Fromkin, a nonacademic historian whose definitive book on the Middle East warned the West against nation-building by partitioning antagonistic religious groups behind arbitrary boundaries, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 84.

The cause was heart failure, his nephew Daniel Soyer said.

Professor Fromkin, a lawyer and investor, became a published author only in his 40s and a professor in his 60s.

Continue reading: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/15/world/midd...

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Ann Lousin, '68: Honored for Sixth Year in a Row by Illinois State Historical Society

June 15, 2017 - 10:28am

Professor Ann M. Lousin, '68, of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago was once again honored by the Illinois State Historical Society for her writings on Illinois constitutional law. This is the sixth year in a row that Lousin has been honored by ISHS.

Original source: 

https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2017/0...

Professor Ann M. Lousin of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago was once again honored by the Illinois State Historical Society for her writings on Illinois constitutional law. This is the sixth year in a row that Lousin has been honored by ISHS.

This year Lousin received a Certificate of Excellence for two articles she wrote as part of her ongoing column featured in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The first column “Constitutional Tinkering is a bad idea, particularly this idea” considered why an Illinois amendment asking voters whether they approve of adding a section to the Illinois Constitution’s revenue article could have major consequences.

The second column “45 Years later, three unsolved issues won’t go away” focused on three issues that the Illinois Constitutional Convention was unable to solve at the time and have plagued Illinois ever since. Those issues are judicial selection, funding of public schools and redistricting the General Assembly. Lousin was a research assistant at the 1969-1970 Illinois Constitutional Convention. She also served as staff assistant to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, including a term as Parliamentarian of the House.

Continue reading: https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2017/0...

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Paul Thissen, '92: Former Minnesota DFL House Speaker to Run for Governor

June 15, 2017 - 10:26am

Rep. Paul Thissen, '92, the Minneapolis DFLer who was speaker of the Minnesota House during a brief but intense period of progressive legislative victories a few years ago, said Wednesday that he is running for governor.

Original source: 

http://m.startribune.com/former-minnesota-dfl...

Rep. Paul Thissen, the Minneapolis DFLer who was speaker of the Minnesota House during a brief but intense period of progressive legislative victories a few years ago, said Wednesday that he is running for governor.

Thissen, in his eighth two-year term from a safe DFL district in southwest Minneapolis, will formally launch his campaign on Thursday. He said in an interview that as governor he would tackle two big challenges.

“The biggest job of the next governor is going to be standing up for everyday people in the face of economic changes,” he said. “And, figuring out a way to govern so people feel like they actually have a voice in their future again.”

Continue reading: http://m.startribune.com/former-minnesota-dfl...

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Herma Hill Kay, '59: 1934-2017

June 14, 2017 - 4:07pm

Herma Hill Kay, '59, Champion of Women in Law and Friend to Ginsburg, passed away in her sleep at 82.

Original source: 

http://www.therecorder.com/id=1202789697160/H...

Kay, who served as dean at University of California, Berkeley School of Law from 1992 to 2000, passed away in her sleep.

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Bradley Tusk, '99: "Uber Advisor Outlines What the Company Should Do Next"

June 13, 2017 - 11:48am

Commentary for CNBC by political strategist Bradley Tusk, '99.

Original source: 

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/12/uber-advisor-o...

The reset has finally come. Uber's board unanimously accepted the recommendations in a report by former Attorney General Eric Holder following an investigation into the company's culture. Longtime CEO Travis Kalanick may take a leave of absence to deal with a personal tragedy. Some new senior hires have been made. Other longtime senior executives have left.

As we saw in the first-quarter numbers the ride-hailing company released about two weeks ago, customers don't seem to care about any of Uber's scandals, with net revenue on track to hit nearly $15 billion this year alone. Which all means we're at a crossroads. The company can now embark on the road to redemption. But one decisive board meeting isn't enough. Not by a long shot. A lot more needs to be done. Here's a primer:

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/12/uber-advisor-o...

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John Ashcroft, '67: 10 Things You Didn't Know

June 9, 2017 - 1:37pm

10 Things You Didn’t Know About John Ashcroft, '67.

Original source: 

https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/art...

1. John David Ashcroft was born on May 9, 1942, in Chicago, to Grace Ashcroft and James Robert Ashcroft. After John was born, the Ashcroft family moved to Springfield, Missouri, where his father was a minister at an Assemblies of God congregation. Robert, as his father was known, served as president of three small Church-affiliated colleges.

2. In high school, Ashcroft played basketball and football. He was later recruited to play football at Yale University, although a knee injury prevented him from playing intercollegiate football.

3. Ashcroft received a scholarship to attend Yale and he graduated with honors in 1964. He later won a scholarship to the University of Chicago Law School. He graduated with a law degree in 1967.

Continue reading: https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/art...

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Allison Eid '91 and Stephen Schwartz '08 Nominated to Federal Bench

June 7, 2017 - 8:49pm
Original source: 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2...

President Donald J. Trump today announced his fourth wave of Federal judicial nominees.  These nominations follow the successful confirmation of Associate Justice Neil M. Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court, the successful confirmation of Judge Amul R. Thapar of Kentucky to serve as a Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the nomination of numerous candidates to other judgeships. 

The President today announced his nomination of these individuals to the following Federal judgeships.

If confirmed, Allison H. Eid of Colorado will serve as a Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  Justice Allison Eid currently serves as the 95th Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court.  Justice Eid was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court in 2006 and retained by the people of Colorado in 2008.  Before assuming office, Justice Eid served as Colorado’s Solicitor General and as a tenured Associate Professor of Law at the University of Colorado School of Law, where she authored several articles on federalism and taught courses on constitutional law, legislation, and torts.  Before joining the University of Colorado faculty, Justice Eid practiced commercial and appellate litigation with the Denver office of Arnold & Porter.  Justice Eid has served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Federal Appellate Rules, and she is currently a member of the American Law Institute.  Earlier in her career, Justice Eid clerked for Associate Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court and for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Justice Eid received her A.B. with distinction from Stanford University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and her J.D. with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as Articles Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review.

If confirmed, Stephen S. Schwartz of Virginia will serve as a Judge on the United States Court of Federal Claims. Stephen S. Schwartz is currently a partner at Schaerr Duncan LLP in Washington, D.C, where he litigates civil, constitutional, and administrative law matters in Federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Prior to joining Schaerr Duncan, Mr. Schwartz served as counsel at Cause of Action, a public interest law firm based in Washington, D.C. Before joining Cause of Action, he was an associate in the litigation practice of Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Washington, D.C. Mr. Schwartz joined Kirkland after serving as a law clerk to Judge Jerry E. Smith on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Mr. Schwartz received his B.A., with distinction, from Yale and his J.D., with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review

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Allison Eid '91 Nominated to 10th Circuit Court of Appeals

June 7, 2017 - 3:11pm
Original source: 

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/06/07/donald-t...

President Donald Trump on Wednesday will nominate Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid to take the place of Neil Gorsuch on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Denver, said two congressional aides in Colorado’s delegation.

The news first was reported by The Washington Times, and Eid was among several new judicial nominations Trump is putting forward.

Like Gorsuch, Eid was on Trump’s short list of potential Supreme Court nominees and when Gorsuch got the nod for the high court, Colorado’s legal community predicted Eid would get a chance to fill his seat.

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Marshall J. Hartman, '57: Winner of a 2017 Illinois State Bar Association Laureate Award

June 7, 2017 - 9:17am

The Illinois State Bar Association has announced that Marshall Hartman, '57, is a recipient of their 2017 Laureate Award for his work on death penalty cases.

Original source: 

https://www.isba.org/awards/laureates/2017

After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School, Marshall J. Hartman began his remarkable career when he was hired as the only lawyer probation officer at the Juvenile Court of Cook County. He was promoted to assistant to the presiding judge of the juvenile court and ultimately head of the legal department.

Mr. Hartman moved to the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, where he became administrator of the appeals division and successfully argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He drafted legislation that would ultimately create the Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender (OSAD). He later served as executive director of the Criminal Defense Consortium of Cook County and was general counsel and project director for the National Defender Institute in Washington, D.C.

Continue reading: https://www.isba.org/awards/laureates/2017

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Michael H. Shapiro, '64: "Constitutional Expert Speaks His Mind on the Tough Questions"

June 6, 2017 - 10:00am

USC Gould Professor Michael Shapiro, '64, sees bioethics and constitutional law as ‘mutually illuminating.'

Original source: 

http://news.usc.edu/122436/constitutional-exp...

In the office of Michael H. Shapiro, piles of paper cover almost every horizontal surface.

“I’ve got stuff on the floor back there from the 1994 earthquake,” the USC Gould School of Law professor said.

Shapiro, the Dorothy W. Nelson Professor of Law and a specialist in bioethics and in constitutional law, enjoys analyzing the issues that advances in the biomedical sciences generate. Take surrogate motherhood: If a woman gives birth to a child created in vitro from another woman’s egg, who is the mother?

Or consider a hypothetical scenario that Shapiro first laid out in a landmark 1974 article, “Who Merits Merit?”: If we had the biotechnological capability to significantly increase a person’s IQ, whom should we target? Would it be the smartest people who might then achieve great things for the benefit of all? Or would it be those with the largest intellectual deficits?

Continue reading: http://news.usc.edu/122436/constitutional-exp...

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Oren Lund, '10, and Dorothy Shapiro, Lecturer in Law and Bigelow Teaching Fellow: Married June 3, 2017

June 6, 2017 - 9:33am

Dorothy Henderson Shapiro, Lecturer in Law and Bigelow Teaching Fellow, and Oren Matthew Lund, '10 were married June 3 at Salvage One, an event space in Chicago.

Dorothy Henderson Shapiro and Oren Matthew Lund were married June 3 at Salvage One, an event space in Chicago. Judge Joel M. Flaum of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in Chicago, for whom the bride served as a law clerk in 2015 and 2016, officiated.

Mrs. Lund, 30, is a fellow, conducting research in corporate law, and a lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School. She graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., and received a law degree from Harvard.

Continue reading: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/04/fashion/we...

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Rick Allen, '78: "The Ali I Knew"

June 2, 2017 - 4:06pm

"In mid-March 1978, six weeks after losing his championship belt to Spinks, Muhammad Ali was rotating in a very tight orbit. Although he didn’t know it yet, brothers in boredom were nearby: two young law students from the University of Chicago, facing their last Easter break and a seemingly-pointless final trimester before launching into legal practice and politics."

Original source: 

https://medium.com/@rickallen_41256/the-ali-i-knew-42d63fa4683b

The world’s most famous man was bored.

Stripped of his title for the second time — this one taken in the ring by a gap-toothed, goofy Leon Spinks rather than a judge — he still immediately drew adoring crowds whenever he went out. At home on Chicago’s South Side, he was surrounded by his wife, Veronica Porché (a former model) and kids from various marriages. His younger brother Rahman lived nearby. Half a block away stood the home of his spiritual mentor, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. It was still occupied by the Black Muslim hierarchy after their leader’s passing, three years earlier. Still, in mid-March 1978, six weeks after losing his championship belt to Spinks, Muhammad Ali was rotating in a very tight orbit.

Although he didn’t know it yet, brothers in boredom were nearby: two young law students from the University of Chicago, facing their last Easter break and a seemingly-pointless final trimester before launching into legal practice and politics. Cyrus’s and my decision to scheme a way to meet the global legend didn’t start crazy. We knew Ali lived just a few blocks away from my apartment. If we could spend our remaining Chicago months working with him, we knew we’d leave Hyde Park with something more memorable than our last class in Principles of Federal Taxation.

Continue reading: https://medium.com/@rickallen_41256/the-ali-i-knew-42d63fa4683b

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Jacob Huebert, '04: "Lawyer is a Slugger in War on Bad Rules"

June 2, 2017 - 10:37am

Wearing glasses, a suit and scholarly demeanor, Jacob Huebert, '04 comes across as an unlikely warrior in the fight for freedom. But show him some people being pushed around by government bureaucrats enforcing pointless rules, and he's ready for battle.

Original source: 

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2017-06-01/jim-dey-lawyer-slugger-war-bad-rules.html

Wearing glasses, a suit and scholarly demeanor, Jacob Huebert comes across as an unlikely warrior in the fight for freedom.

Indeed, he looks more like a law professor — which he once was — than a guy looking for trouble.

But show him some people being pushed around by government bureaucrats enforcing pointless rules, and he's ready for battle.

They include people like Julie Crowe of Bloomington, who was barred from starting a passenger-van service aimed at female students attending Illinois State University. Or James Nuccio and Gabriel Wiesen, who wanted to launch a food-truck business called Beavers Donuts in Evanston. They were prohibited from doing so because a local ordinance said only existing brick-and-mortar restaurants could operate food trucks.

Huebert, a 37-year-old lawyer representing the Chicago-based Liberty Justice Center, filed lawsuits challenging the exclusionary rules in both Bloomington and Evanston. A McLean County judge ruled in Crowe's favor in the van case while Evanston city fathers, after a four-year fight, agreed to repeal the law barring Beavers Donuts from operation.

Continue reading: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2017-06-01/jim-dey-lawyer-slugger-war-bad-rules.html

 

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Kathleen Philips, '97: Appointed to Apptio Board of Directors

June 2, 2017 - 10:32am

Apptio, the business management system of record for hybrid IT, is proud to announce the appointment of Kathleen Philips, '97 to its Board of Directors.

Original source: 

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/apptio-appoints-zillow-group-cfo-kathleen-philips-to-board-of-directors-300467530.html

 Apptio, the business management system of record for hybrid IT, is proud to announce the appointment of Kathleen Philips to its Board of Directors. Kathleen currently serves as chief financial officer of Zillow Group and will bring her expertise to Apptio's Audit and Compensation Committees.

"Kathleen's unique financial, legal and operations background scaling Zillow Group make her a natural fit for our board," said Apptio CEO, Sunny Gupta. "As a CFO, she will also provide guidance on how to scale Apptio's financial transparency and planning applications to thousands of IT leaders across the enterprise."

"As a market leader, Apptio is led by an incredible team and I am honored to be a part of their mission to bring IT cost transparency, planning and optimization to thousands of CIOs and CFOs," said Philips. "As a senior leader at Zillow Group, I've had the opportunity to contribute to our organization's growth and am eager to do the same at Apptio."

Continue reading: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/apptio-appoints-zillow-group-cfo-kathleen-philips-to-board-of-directors-300467530.html

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Stephen Bowen, '72: Endowed Professorship Named in Wabash College Board Chair’s Honor

May 24, 2017 - 3:53pm

Stephen S. Bowen, '72 wrapped up his tenure as Chair of the Wabash College Board of Trustees as the fifth longest-serving chair in the College’s 185-year history. As a tribute, Wabash President Gregory D. Hess announced that an endowed professorship will forever bear Bowen’s name.

Original source: 

https://www.wabash.edu/news/displaystory.cfm?...

Stephen S. Bowen wrapped up his tenure as Chair of the Wabash College Board of Trustees as the fifth longest-serving chair in the College’s 185-year history. As a tribute, Wabash President Gregory D. Hess announced that an endowed professorship will forever bear Bowen’s name.

“We congratulate and thank Steve for his leadership of our Board, as well as his generosity to and love of this College with the establishment of the Stephen S. Bowen Professorship in the Liberal Arts,” President Hess said. “It is a fitting tribute to Steve, who has lived out the Wabash mission of thinking critically, acting responsibly, leading effectively, and living humanely.”

The professorship is made possible by a gift from the Pritzker Foundation, and was presented by Bowen’s long-time friend and law partner, Michael Pucker, on behalf of the foundation.

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