Accolades & Achievements

The University of Chicago Law School is proud to recognize noteworthy events in the lives of its alumni through the Accolades & Achievements Blog. Information is gathered from newspaper articles, press releases, and alumni submissions. The blog is updated periodically and is a complement to the Class Notes section of The Record, which is published semi-annually.

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August 26, 2013

From The Washington Legal Foundation Legal Pulse:

August 23, 2013

From the Dechert website:

Dechert LLP announced today that renowned trial lawyer David M. Bernick will join the firm’s litigation practice in New York effective Monday, August 26. Bernick spent more than 30 years with Kirkland & Ellis LLP before leaving to become Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Philip Morris International in 2010.

August 16, 2013

From the Chicago Tonight website:

Also today, Gov. Pat Quinn appointed a team to recommend overhauling the region's entire transit system.

August 14, 2013

From Legal Newsline

James Silkenat, a partner in the New York office of Sullivan & Worcester, took office Tuesday as president of the American Bar Association.

The ABA held its annual meeting in San Francisco. It wrapped up Tuesday.

August 6, 2013

From the Mayer Brown website:

August 5, 2013

From Yahoo! Finance:

Zillow, Inc. the leading real estate and home-related information marketplace, today announced Kathleen Philips, who has served as general counsel since joining the company in 2010, has been named chief operating officer.

August 1, 2013

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has chosen lawyer Ranjit James Hakim as the new executive director of the county’s Board of Ethics...

July 31, 2013

From PRWeb:

Professors Arthur Acevedo and William K. Ford have been granted tenure by the faculty and the Board of Trustees of The John Marshall Law School...

July 25, 2013

From the BBC:

Sir John Thomas has been confirmed as the new Lord Chief Justice, replacing Lord Judge as head of the judiciary of England and Wales.