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.

If you would like an event added to or removed from the blog, or to report any inaccuracies, please email Alison Coppelman, Director, Alumni Relations, at

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March 23, 2015

While growing up, Deno Himonas considered becoming a Greek Orthodox priest. When he told his mother, she said he could be anything he wanted to be — as long as it was a doctor or a lawyer.

March 19, 2015

In January 2015, Governor Bruce Rauner appointed Nirav Shah, JD’07, MD’08, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. He took office on Jan. 20.

March 19, 2015

Felicia H. Ellsworth has been selected as an Up & Coming Lawyer to honored at the May 14th annual “Excellence in the Law” event hosted by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and co-host Massachusetts Bar Association. The winners are submitted by nomination process and chosen by a carefully picked selection panel. Ms.

March 19, 2015

Constandinos "Deno" Himonas was sworn in as a Utah Supreme Court justice at a Wednesday ceremony, where he was described as a dedicated jurist with a great intellect and delightful wit.

Chief Justice Matthew Durrant, who administered the oath, said the justices "are thrilled beyond words" to be joined by Himonas on the state's high court.

March 18, 2015

Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:


Douglas J. Kramer, Nominee for Deputy Administrator, Small Business Administration

March 18, 2015

Attorneys Peter G. Rush and Todd E. Pentecost have joined the Chicago office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Rush joins as a shareholder and Pentecost joins as of counsel in the Litigation Practice. Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, they were partners at K&L Gates LLP.

March 17, 2015

Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering is jumping in the 10th Congressional District race for Congress, triggering a major 2016 Democratic primary brawl with former Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill.

“I’m definitely running,” Rotering told me in a phone interview on Monday.


March 16, 2015

Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on advanced kinase inhibitor treatments targeting the tumor cell and the tumor microenvironment, today announced the appointment of Tucker Kelly as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Kelly brings over 18 years of financial leadership and strategic management experience to Deciphera.

March 11, 2015

Mark S. Lieberman, 83,  formerly of Glencoe, passed away. He was the beloved husband of the late Florence Mayer Lieberman; loving father of Robin and Karen Lieberman; and dear brother of the late Anne (the late Ben) Brookman. Mr. Lieberman was an Army veteran, a graduate of the University of Maine and the University of Chicago Law School. He practiced law in Chicago for over 40 years.

March 10, 2015

Adam Silver’s impact on the NBA in his first year as commissioner has been exponential.

His quick, precise handling of the Donald Sterling controversy brought him immediate attention and affirmation nationwide and gave the league an even greater credibility among its followers.