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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May 2, 2012

From the Marianas Variety website:

THE Fund’s filing for Chapter 11 protection has a parallel in the Las Vegas Monorail Company which recently the court found to be eligible to file for bankruptcy under the same chapter.

May 1, 2012

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April 30, 2012

From the National Review website:

April 27, 2012

From Talking Points Memo:

If this were 2010, Dan Liljenquist might be coasting toward a Republican Senate nomination in Utah and then a sure victory in November — a similar road to Sen. Mike Lee, who ousted Bob Bennett two years ago. What a difference two years makes.

April 26, 2012

Kathleen Philips, '97, general counsel for Zillow Inc., has been awarded Outstanding Achivement Corporate Counsel of the Year for 2012 by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

April 25, 2012

Excerpted from the Virginia Law website:

Ashley Deeks, a former attorney for the U.S. State Department's Office of the Legal Adviser and a one-time legal adviser for the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, will join the University of Virginia School of Law faculty in the fall.

April 24, 2012

From WinnetkaTalk:

Charles F. Smith, of Winnetka, a partner in litigation practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, was honored with the Spirit of Justice Award by Appleseed and Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice at their Pillars of Justice Awards March 22 in Chicago.

April 23, 2012
April 20, 2012

Michele Ilene Ruiz, '94, a partner in Sidley Austin's Chicago office, and her husband Jesse Ruiz, '95, received the Barristers Philanthropic Award from Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth for their civic dedication to the Chicago community and Ms. Ruiz’s leadership of Sidley’s more than 25-year partnership with Kanoon Elementary Magnet School.

April 17, 2012

Jeffrey Goldman '90 has joined Husch Blackwell's Kansas City, Mo., office as a Partner.