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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November 22, 2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced he is appointing Jesse Ruiz to the Board of Commissioners of the Chicago Park District and recommending he be elected President by the other commissioners.

Ruiz will replace Dr. Bryan Traubert, who has led the board since 2010 and is stepping down at the end of the year.

November 21, 2015

Philip L. Harris, currently a partner at the Chicago law firm of Jenner & Block, LLP, has been appointed vice president and general counsel for Northwestern University, effective Jan. 1, 2016, Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro announced today (Nov. 20).

November 19, 2015

Alpine defense attorney Jaime Escuder has entered the race for 83rd District Attorney in the March 1 Democratic primary election to face incumbent Rod Ponton, who also announced for re-election Tuesday.

Marathon attorney Sandy Wilson announced earlier.

November 18, 2015

A vice president and general counsel for OU has been named the president of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

November 17, 2015

David LaGrand, '92, hopes to win to a Michigan House seat on his commitment to criminal justice reform, equitable housing and alternative energy. The Democrat will face Republican Blake Edmonds in the March 8, 2016 general election.

November 17, 2015

In the episode of 60 Minutes that aired on Sunday, November 15, 2015, Steve Kroft examined the state of concussion safety and science in football, especially in the NFL. Jeff Miller, '95, was interviewed.

November 13, 2015

A panel of legal experts and U.S.

November 9, 2015

The National Constitution Center has elected David Rubenstein, '73, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, and several others, to its Board of Trustees. The new members were elected during the National Constitution Center’s October 26, 2015, board meeting.

November 5, 2015

After Sean Kramer, ’10, graduated from college, he was not fully certain that he wanted to go to law school. He had excelled in a liberal arts curriculum with a concentration in legal studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and he drew inspiration from his aunt, Maureen Sheehy, ’87, who served as both a role model and a sounding board.

November 5, 2015

Last year, when Noni Ellison Southall, JD ’97, MBA ’97, received one of the many honors she has garnered during her career—in this case, from the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys for service to the community—the presenters were asked to describe one of her distinctive characteristics: the capacity to do more than most people, and do it brilliantly.