Alumni News & Accolades

The Alumni News & Accolades 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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January 3, 2017

Lori Lightfoot, '89, has worked in the U.S. attorney's office, City Hall, and one of Chicago's largest law firms. But as president of the city's police board and chair of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Police Accountability Task Force, her biggest job to date has been steering the public conversation about local police reform.

January 3, 2017

Incoming Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier has appointed Chris Cooley, '11, to his executive team. Cooley will serve as Special Assistant for Budget and Finance/Special Projects.

January 3, 2017

Sonja West, '98, has been named the first holder of the Otis Brumby Distinguished Professorship in First Amendment Law at the University of Georgia.

December 19, 2016

Gov. Bruce Rauner has named Heidi Mueller, '07, a veteran Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice professional, to head that agency.

December 15, 2016

Michelle Clark, '99, has received the unanimous support of the King County Council to lead the King County Flood Control District as the agency’s Executive Director.

December 12, 2016

Professor Martha Albertson Fineman, '75, is the 2017 winner of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of American Law Schools Section on Women in Legal Education.

December 5, 2016

Ashley Keller, '07, Managing director of Gerchen Keller Capital, has been named #37 on Crain's 2016 40 Under 40 list.

December 5, 2016

President Obama announced today his intent to appoint Peter Altabef, '83, to the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

December 5, 2016

William "Jamie" Kunz, '72, a longtime public defender in Cook and DuPage counties, passed away on Nov. 20, 2016.

November 30, 2016

Buried in the footnotes of the story of Mildred and Richard Loving, whose case struck down all interracial-marriage bans throughout the U.S., is the name of William Marutani, '53, who gave Asian-Americans a voice at a pivotal moment in constitutional history.