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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March 20, 2012

From Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP's website:

Chad S. Hummel [JD '88], chair of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP’s national Litigation Division, has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.

March 19, 2012

Jeffrey Glass, '91, has been promoted to partner at SmithAmundsen. Glass is a business attorney in Rockford, Ill.

March 16, 2012

From the Los Angeles Times:

March 13, 2012

Dr. Kameron Matthews, '06, the primary care physician to all transgender inmates at Cook County Jail, appeared on Chicago Tonight on March 12 to talk about transgender policies at Cook County Jail.

March 12, 2012

Rachel Partain, an Of Counsel of Caplin & Drysdale, has been named a recipient of the prestigious 2012 Nolan Fellowship awarded by the American Bar Association Section of Taxation to a select group of outstanding young tax lawyers across the nation.

March 7, 2012

Blake Sercye, an associate at Jenner & Block, has been named by Governor Pat Quinn to the Illinois Medical District Commission, the seven-member board that oversees development on Chicago's Near West Side. Mr. Sercye was a political director of Rahm Emanuel’s 2011 mayoral campaign and was a field coordinator for Mr. Quinn’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign.

February 29, 2012

James E. Brown, '83, has joined Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Mr. Brown comes to OCC from Schiff Hardin LLP, where he has served since 1983

February 28, 2012

John M. Mejia, '03, will take over as legal director of the ACLU of Utah.

Mejia has previously worked at Chicago-based Sidley Austin, in the firm’s insurance and financial services group. His specialties there included insurance class action defense, reinsurance litigation, and complex litigation.

February 27, 2012

The Board of Directors of Colfax Corporation, a manufacturer of gas- and fluid-handling and fabrication technology products and services, has appointed San W. Orr, III, '97, to its Board effective February 22, 2012.