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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March 31, 2014

From the University of Florida website:

University of Florida law professor George L. Dawson has agreed to serve as interim dean for the University of Florida Levin College of Law, beginning July 15. 

March 27, 2014

From the FCC website:

The Office of General Counsel today named David M. Gossett as Acting Deputy General Counsel for Litigation. Mr. Gossett will have day-to-day responsibility for directing the FCC’s advocacy in the nation’s courts. 

March 24, 2014

From a Gair Law Group press release:

Gair Law Group, Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Vilia M. Dedinas to its accomplished firm inChicago.

March 21, 2014


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March 19, 2014

From Pepper Hamilton's website:

March 17, 2014


Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, named Heather Sawyer as the Subcommittee’s new Democratic Chief Counsel.

March 14, 2014

From National Review Online, Feb. 28:

The Federal Communications Commission has pulled the plug on its controversial “Critical Information Needs” survey that sparked a bipartisan uproar over government oversight of news gathering. 

March 13, 2014

From The New York Times:

Joseph L. Sax, a legal scholar who helped shape environmental law in the United States and fuel the environmental movement by establishing the doctrine that natural resources are a public trust requiring protection, died on Sunday at his home in San Francisco. He was 78.