Accolades & Achievements

The University of Chicago Law School is proud to recognize noteworthy events in the lives of its alumni through the Accolades & Achievements Blog. Information is gathered from newspaper articles, press releases, and alumni submissions. The blog is updated periodically and is a complement to the Class Notes section of The Record, which is published semi-annually.

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October 6, 2010

Chicago has boasted many great Japanese print collectors in its history, and Jack D. Beem '55 is one of the foremost in Chicago today. Jack lived in Japan from 1964 to 1970, during which time he began a lifelong interest in Japanese art.

October 6, 2010

When lawyers for International Justice Mission first encountered a Kenyan inmate named Peter in late 2009, he had been languishing in prison without bail for 12 months on charges of robbery with violence—an offense punishable by death.

October 5, 2010

Sami Naim
Assistant Counselor to Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Age: 32

Sami Naim was on track to take a job at a big corporate law firm and earn all the prestige that came with it, when he decided to take a walk in the park instead.

“Yeah, the Parks Department,” Naim said. “That wasn’t even on my radar. I didn’t even know they had lawyers.”

October 4, 2010

Christopher V. Carani '99 was named one of the 2010 "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch" by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company (LBPC), publisher of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer.

September 28, 2010

Terry Diamond, '63, came to the Law School with a keen interest in business, and his interest was more than satisfied by great professors and great opportunities. "I'm sure I took every course that Walter Blum taught," he recalls, "and most of Stanley Kaplan's courses, too.

September 28, 2010

Last fall, R. Michael Smith, '75, assumed the roles of General Counsel to the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) and special assistant to the university's president.

September 28, 2010

An old saying has it that the only thing better than a good friend is a good friend bearing chocolate.

September 28, 2010

Anna Ivey, '97, heads a successful, growing business helping aspiring law students gain admission to the schools of their choice.

September 27, 2010

William A. Von Hoene, Jr., '80, executive vice president, finance and legal, at Exelon Corporation, is the 2010 recipient of the Arthur Goldberg Social Justice Award, presented in Chicago Sept. 20 by the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs.

September 21, 2010

The Joyce Foundation last week announced the election of Tracey L. Meares to its board of directors. Professor Meares is Deputy Dean and Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law at Yale Law School.