Alumni News & Accolades

The Alumni News & Accolades 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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August 4, 2016

Aaron Van Oort, '99, partner and co-chair of the Faegre Baker Daniels appellate advocacy group, has been elected to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

August 2, 2016

Jessica Hall Zomer, '05, Attorney-Advisor for the Environmental Protection Agency, has been named a finalist in the Partnership for Public Service Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals program. Jessica is being recognized for helping craft and serving as chief legal advisor on a major plant regulation that will eliminate one-third of toxic heavy metals now dumped into the nation's rivers, lakes, and streams by regulated industries.


August 2, 2016

Professor Ann M. Lousin, '68, has been appointed to be the Armenian Bar Association's representative to the advisory committee for the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative in Armenia.

July 28, 2016

Andy Berke, '94, mayor of Chattanooga, will address graduates and guests and Lee University's summer commencement on Saturday, July 30th.

July 26, 2016

Auburn native and longtime Judge Morton "Mort" Brody, '58, was honored and remembered Thursday with a portrait unveiling at the Capital Judicial Center.

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.

July 19, 2016

Attorney General Lisa M. Madigan announced Thursday that David Franklin, '97, will replace Carolyn Shapiro, '95, as 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.”

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

The Vatican has named Kim Daniels, '94, 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, '78, was only four days into his job when Edward Snowden changed everything.

The Snowden leaks became the cornerstone of Medine’s work leading the PCLOB over the next three years.