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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October 13, 2015

Anyone who doubts that a University of Chicago law degree can support many vibrant career opportunities need look no farther than the accomplishments of John B. Emerson, ’78.

October 9, 2015

The Association of American Law Schools is proud to announce Professor Herma Hill Kay as the 2015 recipient of the AALS Triennial Award for Lifetime Service to Legal Education and to the Law. The award will be given during the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting in New York at the Opening Plenary Program on Thursday, January 7.

October 9, 2015

Scott Kafker, 56, was lauded as a tech-savvy judge who has worked to cut down on the court’s backlog and used the resources of the Appeals Court efficiently, during his official swearing-in by fellow Swampscott resident Gov. Charlie Baker at the John Adams Courthouse in Pemberton Square in Boston on Monday.

September 23, 2015

Roy L. Austin Jr., ’95, is Deputy Assistant to the President for the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity at the White House Domestic Policy Council. He was appointed to that position last March.

September 21, 2015

The American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity will honor Seattle lawyer Thomas Fitzpatrick with its Stonewall Award during a ceremony on Feb. 6, 2016, at the ABA Midyear Meeting in San Diego.

September 16, 2015

The American Bar Association (ABA) has named Scharf Banks Marmor LLC founding partner Stephanie A. Scharf an Advisor to the group’s new Presidential Commission on Diversity and Inclusion 360. Scharf has been asked to focus on the Commission’s implicit bias projects.

September 16, 2015

The National Law Journal's selection of 40 game-changing lawyers age 40 and under—from nearly 200 nominations—cuts across private, public and advocacy sectors. These lawyers, a reflection of the diversity and accomlishments of the city's rising legal talent, are go-to picks in their respective fields.

September 14, 2015

“This is my dream job,” says Brian Brooks, ’94. “I have aspired to this role almost my whole career.” He’s referring to his new role, as of last November, as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of the Federal National Mortgage Association, better known as Fannie Mae.

September 11, 2015

Ann Ziegler, ’83, serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and an executive committee member at CDW, a $12 billion provider of integrated information technology solutions to more than 250,000 business and public-sector customers.