Accolades & Achievements

The University of Chicago Law School is proud to recognize noteworthy events in the lives of its alumni through the Accolades & Achievements Blog. Information is gathered from newspaper articles, press releases, and alumni submissions. The blog is updated periodically and is a complement to the Class Notes section of The Record, which is published semi-annually.

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March 18, 2015

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

March 18, 2015

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.

March 17, 2015

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.


March 16, 2015

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.

March 11, 2015

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.

March 10, 2015

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.

March 9, 2015

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.

March 9, 2015

Former federal prosecutor and leading white collar defense lawyer Dan Shallman will join Covington as a partner in the firm's new Los Angeles office on March 9. Mr. Shallman will head the firm's Southern California white collar and investigations team while also playing a leading role in the growth of Covington's LA office.

March 2, 2015

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) today announced that James A. Squires will succeed Charles W. “Wick” Moorman as chief executive officer. The action by the company’s board of directors is part of its planned succession process and will be effective June 1, 2015.

February 26, 2015

Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, the largest health care focused law firm in the nation, is pleased to announce associate attorney Arielle Tokorcheck, J.D., has joined the firm's Indianapolis office.