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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January 30, 2012

Donald Cassling, '76, has been appointed to serve on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Immediately before taking the bench, Cassling worked as a partner at Quarles & Brady LLP who handled bankruptcy and commercial litigation.

Cassling, 61, earned an undergraduate degree at Duke University and a law degree at the University of Chicago Law School.

January 26, 2012

Ryan C. Tisch has been elected partner in Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group and is resident in the Washington, D.C. office.  His practice focuses on antitrust business counseling, domestic and international merger control, and government investigations of both horizontal and vertical antitrust conduct.

January 25, 2012

From the Post:

January 24, 2012

David E. Kitchen has been elected Partner at Baker Hostetler. He is a member of the Intellectual Property Group and concentrates his practice in the area of intellectual property litigation. He earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 2004 and his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in 2001.

January 23, 2012

The Oregon Supreme Court announced Friday that Thomas A. Balmer has been elected as the court's 42nd chief justice.

Balmer succeeds Chief Justice Paul J. De Muniz, who is stepping down on May 1, 2012, and retiring in Jan. 2013.

January 20, 2012

Ryan Green, '05, has joined Pircher, Nichols & Meeks as a real estate associate in the Chicago office. Mr. Green received his J.D. in 2005 from the University of Chicago Law School. He received a bachelor’s degree with highest honors in economics and political science from Emory University in 2002.

January 19, 2012

Miguel Yturbe. LL.M. '11, has joined Greenberg Traurig's Mexico City office as an associate. Yturbe has extensive experience in Project Finance, Securities and Banking. He graduated from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico Law School in Mexico City and received his LL.M. from the University of Chicago Law School.

January 18, 2012

Rimon P.C., an international corporate law firm, announced today that Bernays “Buz” Barclay has joined its New York office as a Partner. Mr. Barclay will head a new Energy and Infrastructure Transactions Practice for Rimon, and will augment the Firm’s Startups and Startup Financing Group and its Mergers and Acquisitions Group.

January 17, 2012

From the Marketplace website:

January 17, 2012


When Katrina Gossett moved into her Downtown condominium two years ago, she knew exactly what she wanted -- soft hues and lots of light.

"Almost every room is a shade of pastel," said Gossett, 26, the first owner of the three-bedroom unit on Massachusetts Avenue. She shares the space with a roommate and two dogs -- Duke and Lola.