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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December 28, 2015
December 21, 2015

David M. Rubenstein, '73, the co-founder and co-chief executive officer of the Carlyle Group, will deliver the graduation address at the commencement ceremony of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore.

December 16, 2015

The New York Times reports that the Supreme Court will not hear a Second Amendment challenge to the assault weapons ban passed in Highland Park, IL, in 2013 with the support of Mayor Nancy R. Rotering, '90, and City Council Member Daniel Kaufman, '86.

December 16, 2015

Chartered philanthropy

As the historic document turns 800, David M. Rubenstein, JD’73, reflects on preserving a Magna Carta in the United States.

December 9, 2015

Stephen Lee Speicher was born July 28, 1950, in Indianapolis and died at home with his wife and niece in attendance on Dec. 5, 2015. He attended the Indiana School for the Blind from 1954-1971 where he played clarinet in the band, was a member of the wrestling team, and earned his Eagle Scout.

December 8, 2015

Seattle lawyer Jeff Sprung, '84, who represents whistle blowers, believes the time has come to play taps on the political career of indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley.

Sprung, a Democrat, announced his 2016 candidacy for state auditor with a boost from popular former Auditor Brian Sonntag and yet another call for Kelley to hang it up.

December 7, 2015

Gov. Nixon makes board and commission appointments, including the appointment of Gabriel E. Gore, ’94, to the Missouri State University Board of Governors.

December 7, 2015

Head of Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority Resigns

With an impending investigation of the Chicago Police Department by the U.S. Department of Justice, the head of the Independent Police Review Authority Scott Ando resigned Sunday evening, effective immediately. 

December 4, 2015

Distinguished Professor David J. Gerber, '72, co-director of the Program in International and Comparative Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Tech, was elected president of the American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL) at the organization's annual meeting in October in Dallas.

December 1, 2015

The absence of law enforcement in developing countries undermines the fight against global poverty. This theory, explored in the 2014 book The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence, has earned its authors the 2016 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.