Accolades & Achievements

The Accolades & Achievements blog gathers information from news articles and press releases about noteworthy events in the lives of alumni. It is a complement to the Class Notes section of The Record.

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June 21, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key Administration post:

Bonnie A. Barsamian, '89 – Member, Board of Directors of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.

June 13, 2016

ACLU SoCal will honor “black-ish”, filmmaker Brian Knappenberger and individuals who champion civil liberties.

June 13, 2016

ACLU SoCal will honor “black-ish”, filmmaker Brian Knappenberger and individuals who champion civil liberties

James E. Gauch, '89, Jocelin R. Hody, Esha Mankodi and Andrew Turnier from Jones Day receive the Freedom of Information Award.

June 10, 2016

Dr. Kameron Matthews, '06, is a board-certified family physician and serves as the Chief Medical Officer of Mile Square Health Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, overseeing thirteen federally qualified health centers. Dr. Matthews graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor’s degree in public policy studies in 2000.

June 8, 2016

Aditya Bamzai, ’04, will teach Civil Procedure and a new course, Computer Crime Law.

June 6, 2016

Debra Cafaro runs the $26-billion-plus Standard & Poor 500 firm Ventas, one of the so-called "Big Three" health care real estate investment trusts (REITs) in the U.S. Today the Chicago-based Ventas owns almost 1,300 healthcare properties; when Cafaro was hired, it was to turn around a $200 million REIT that had just one tenant, was $1 billion in debt, and couldn't make rent.

June 6, 2016

Sacramento legal giant Quin Denvir dead at 76

Quin Denvir, the longtime federal defender in Sacramento who campaigned against the death penalty and orchestrated a deal that kept Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski off death row, died Friday in Sacramento. He was 76.

June 3, 2016

Stephen Phillips, 59, of Los Angeles, has been reappointed to the California Board of Psychology, where he has served since 2013.

June 3, 2016

The Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) is pleased to announce that Ross Guberman is the recipient of the 2016 Golden Pen Award.  The author of three books, Point Made, Deal Struck, and Point Taken, Guberman is known around the world as an expert and advocate for better legal writing.

May 25, 2016

The Burton Awards Program, held in association with the Library of Congress, and Co-Sponsored by the American Bar Association, announced its "Legends in Law" winners for 2016.