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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September 8, 2015

Jerry B. Wallack, managing partner of Kutak Rock LLP’s Chicago office, died unexpectedly this morning. He was 63. He is survived by his wife, Betty Brady, and daughter, Wendy Wallack.

September 3, 2015

During law school, Bryant Edwards, ’81, had his sights set on a Wall Street lawyering job. Then he met some lawyers from a small Los Angeles firm with about 175 attorneys, and he liked what he saw in them. After visiting the firm’s offices, he liked it even more.

September 3, 2015

Chicago attorney and government wonk Perri Irmer has been named president and CEO of the DuSable Museum of African American History.

Irmer, 56, is a Chicago native and lifelong resident of the Hyde Park-Kenwood community and has a broad range of experience—she's also an architect and worked for years as head of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority.

August 31, 2015

Esther Lardent, founder of the Washington, D.C.-based Pro Bono Institute, can be very persuasive. Just ask U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has spoken at nearly all of PBI's yearly meetings since the late 1990s, no matter how busy her schedule.

August 27, 2015

David M. Rubenstein will be honored with a 2015 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, the Carnegie Corporation of New York announced Tuesday. The awards are given to individuals who embody the spirit of Andrew Carnegie by dedicating their private wealth to the public good.

August 25, 2015

Alissa Gardenswartz steps into the position of Deputy Attorney General for Consumer Protection.  Gardenswartz joined the Colorado Attorney General’s Office in January 2007 as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Fraud Unit. She worked a wide variety of antitrust cases, as well as consumer, mortgage, and charitable fraud cases.

August 24, 2015

WASHINGTON – Even at her own wedding, Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar writes in her new book, she weathered bromides about one day running for president.

August 24, 2015

ALBANY - Susan Phillips Read acknowledges a certain wonder when reflecting on her 12 1/2 years as associate judge on the state Court of Appeals—the 13 different colleagues, the thousands of decisions, having a voice at the conference table where some of the state's most important legal decisions were made.

It ends when her resignation from the court takes effect Monday.

August 18, 2015

[Georgia] Gov. Nathan Deal has named 26 people to state boards.