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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December 14, 2012

From the Springfield Journal-Register:

Mary Lee Leahy, the Springfield lawyer whose legal advocacy led to a 1990 U.S. Supreme Court decision banning most political hiring, died Wednesday following a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 72...

December 11, 2012

From Law360:

December 7, 2012
December 6, 2012

From the Adams and Reese website: 

December 5, 2012

From the Covington website:

December 4, 2012

From the MICROS Systems website:

December 3, 2012

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk are sending four names to President Barack Obama on Monday to replace Patrick Fitzgerald as the U.S. attorney in Chicago.

The four --Jonathan Bunge, Zachary Fardon, Lori Lightfoot and Gil Soffer--are all partners in Chicago law firms with experience as federal prosecutors in Chicago...

November 28, 2012

From the North Bay Business Journal:

Gaw Van Male, a Napa-based law firm that specializes in business law and wealth management, announced that it added six attorneys to its team as seeks to secure its rank as one of the top firms in the North Bay...

The new attorneys [include]:

November 21, 2012

From the UA website:

University of Arizona law professor Marc L. Miller has been chosen as dean of the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law on an interim basis, effective Nov. 1.