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.

If you would like an event added to or removed from the blog, or to report any inaccuracies, please email Alison Coppelman, Director, Alumni Relations, at

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October 26, 2015

Chicago attorney Charles Pressman was "an indefatigable champion of the little guy," colleagues said.

"He was a credit to the bar," said Abner Mikva, a former classmate of Pressman's at the University of Chicago's law school who later became a U.S. congressman, federal judge and chief counsel to President Bill Clinton.

October 23, 2015

Michael Jordan has spent decades protecting his image. Chicago attorney Fred Sperling has been there with him for the past 25 years.

October 22, 2015

Liz’s deep commitment to public interest law was cemented at the University of Chicago Law School, where she was on the board of the Public Interest Law Society and the Chicago Law Chapter of the ACLU. Each spring, she worked for the Mississippi Center for Justice in Biloxi through the law school’s Spring Break of Service.

October 22, 2015

At issue is how federal courts examine habeas rulings by state courts, particularly when a state trial judge has ruled in a case and the state supreme court has affirmed that ruling without comment.

October 20, 2015

At United Airlines, the buck now stops with Brett Hart—at least for now.

Chicago-based United said in a statement this evening that its board of directors named Hart acting CEO while Oscar Munoz, the company's previous CEO, takes medical leave after suffering a heart attack last week.

October 19, 2015

Dentons, the global law firm, announced today that Rachel M. Cannon has joined as a partner in its Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice.

October 15, 2015

DL: You gave up being a tenured law professor, a dream job for many people, to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. Are you insane?

LG: Yes.

DL: Ha! Well, as someone who left a traditional legal career for something new and different, I can relate.

October 13, 2015

Anyone who doubts that a University of Chicago law degree can support many vibrant career opportunities need look no farther than the accomplishments of John B. Emerson, ’78.

October 9, 2015

The Association of American Law Schools is proud to announce Professor Herma Hill Kay as the 2015 recipient of the AALS Triennial Award for Lifetime Service to Legal Education and to the Law. The award will be given during the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting in New York at the Opening Plenary Program on Thursday, January 7.

October 9, 2015

Scott Kafker, 56, was lauded as a tech-savvy judge who has worked to cut down on the court’s backlog and used the resources of the Appeals Court efficiently, during his official swearing-in by fellow Swampscott resident Gov. Charlie Baker at the John Adams Courthouse in Pemberton Square in Boston on Monday.