Alumni News & Accolades

The Alumni News & Accolades 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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January 23, 2017

Acting Director of the Indian Health Service: Who Is Mary L. Smith, '91?

January 23, 2017

Current Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Ajit Pai, '97, has been tapped as the next Chairman of the FCC.

January 19, 2017

Nikki Haley, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for UN Ambassador, has selected Jon Lerner, '95 to be her deputy.

January 18, 2017

Amanda K. Jester, '03, partner and member of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP's Board of Directors (Austin), has been named to the Ambulatory M&A Advisor annual Leading Lawyers list.

January 13, 2017

The University of California tannounced the appointment of Kathleen Salvaty, '96 to fill the new position of systemwide Title IX coordinator, reporting directly to President Janet Napolitano in a role that will lead efforts against sexual violence and sexual harassment throughout the University.

January 12, 2017

Judge Danny J. Boggs, '68, of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, recently announced that he will assume senior status, creating a vacancy on the federal bench for the next president to fill.

January 11, 2017

The American Law Institute has elected 58 new members, including Charles Senatore, '80, Exec. VP & Head of Regulatory Coordination and Strategy for Fidelity Investments.

January 9, 2017

Michael Haeberle, '12, a specialist in commercial litigation issues such as breach of contract, professional liability and legal malpractice -- has been named as a partner at Patterson Law Firm.

January 6, 2017

Ryan Walsh, '12, has been selected as one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Law & Policy 2017.

January 5, 2017

Six years after stepping away from the legal field, Mexican-born Dallas entrepreneur Regina Merson, '07, is celebrating Latina glamour with her makeup line, "Reina Rebelde."