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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July 28, 2016

Andy Berke, '94, mayor of Chattanooga, will address graduates and guests at Lee University’s summer commencement on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the Conn Center on Lee's campus.

July 26, 2016

Auburn native and longtime Judge Morton "Mort" Brody was honored and remembered Thursday with a portrait unveiling at the Capital Judicial Center.

Brody was born in Auburn in 1933 and graduated from Bates College in 1955 before attending the University of Chicago Law School.

He made his home in Waterville, becoming Waterville's Distinguished Citizen of the Year in 1981.

July 25, 2016

Kimball Parker, '13, has created CO/COUNSEL, a new Wikipedia-like web site designed to help the general public more easily find legal information. He created a crowd-sourced platform, which weaves research into one coherent visual map of the law, giving its users access to different pieces of logic related to an area of the law.

July 19, 2016

Attorney General Lisa M. Madigan announced Thursday that David Franklin, '97, will become the state’s next solicitor general, saying in a statement that his “wealth of experience and knowledge of the law will serve the state of Illinois well.” Franklin said he will officially take over in August.

July 15, 2016

Richard Leverett credits his late parents — Richard and Betty Leverett — for encouraging him to discover the path that has led him to success as an attorney, chief of staff for Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, and now AT&T director of external affairs for 20 counties in the northern third of Indiana.

July 13, 2016

Two days after appointing an American as its new spokesman, the Vatican has named an American laywoman as a member of the Secretariat for Communications, a body created by Pope Francis last year to manage and overhaul Rome’s different news and media outlets.

July 13, 2016

David Medine was only four days into his job when Edward Snowden changed everything.

July 11, 2016

Martha E. ("Meg") Gifford, '76, received the Joan L. Ellenbogen Founder's Award from the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York at its convention in June.

July 11, 2016

Jean-Jacques (J) Cabou, '03, a partner in Perkins Coie's White Collar & Investigations practice, has been elected as a member of The American Law Institute (ALI). 

June 29, 2016

The City of Chicago will be naming a section of 57th Street between Stony Island and Cornell Drive after the late John W. Rogers Sr.