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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November 6, 2014

Pedro Gerson, '14, has published an article in the widely-circulated Mexican magazine Este País titled "Neocentralism: The purchase of power through the promise of security." It was written in part with information gathered in the course of his UChicago Fellowship work.

November 3, 2014

As she prepares for her first Supreme Court argument Nov. 10 in M&G Polymers USA v. Tackett, Allyson Ho cannot quite put out of her mind that her second argument will come less than a month later.

October 28, 2014

Amy Manning, the managing partner of McGuireWoods’ Chicago office and member of the firm’s Executive Committee, will receive the 2014 Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Award this week from the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.

October 28, 2014

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson and Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske announced on Monday the selection of Kevin K. McAleenan as the Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). McAleenan is an innovative, dynamic, and mission-driven leader with more than 20 years of border security, legal, and international experience.

October 24, 2014

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is pleased to announce that Joshua Decker is its new executive director. He began his new leadership role on March 6, 2014; he was the interim executive director since May 2013, and was the ACLU of Alaska's staff attorney since November 2011.

October 21, 2014

As our work for clients continues to expand, Massey & Gail is delighted to announce that Eli Kay-Oliphant and Jeremy Mallory have joined the firm.

October 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTC) announced today it has appointed Brian P. Brooks, 45, as executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary effective November 10. Brooks joins Fannie Mae from OneWest Bank where he was vice chairman and chief legal officer.

October 20, 2014

Two years ago, law firm Jenner & Block tapped Mary Ellen Callahan, the former chief privacy officer of the U.S.

October 13, 2014

Civil rights specialist Mark Weinberg, '88, defended artist Chris Drew pro bono after he was charged with a felony violation of Illinois’ Eavesdropping Law. Now Weinberg is featured in a documentary about the artist. From the press release:

October 13, 2014

Robert H. Sitkoff, '99, the John L. Gray Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, has been named Chair of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) drafting committee for an Act on Divided Trusteeship.