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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September 16, 2015

The American Bar Association (ABA) has named Scharf Banks Marmor LLC founding partner Stephanie A. Scharf an Advisor to the group’s new Presidential Commission on Diversity and Inclusion 360. Scharf has been asked to focus on the Commission’s implicit bias projects.

September 16, 2015

The National Law Journal's selection of 40 game-changing lawyers age 40 and under—from nearly 200 nominations—cuts across private, public and advocacy sectors. These lawyers, a reflection of the diversity and accomlishments of the city's rising legal talent, are go-to picks in their respective fields.

September 14, 2015

“This is my dream job,” says Brian Brooks, ’94. “I have aspired to this role almost my whole career.” He’s referring to his new role, as of last November, as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of the Federal National Mortgage Association, better known as Fannie Mae.

September 11, 2015

Ann Ziegler, ’83, serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and an executive committee member at CDW, a $12 billion provider of integrated information technology solutions to more than 250,000 business and public-sector customers.

September 11, 2015

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is pleased to announce that Víctor Manuel Frías will join the firm's Mexico City office in the Antitrust Litigation & Competition Practice Group. Frías has joined as a shareholder from Casares, Castelazo, Frías y Zárate, S.C.

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.