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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March 10, 2015

Adam Silver’s impact on the NBA in his first year as commissioner has been exponential.

His quick, precise handling of the Donald Sterling controversy brought him immediate attention and affirmation nationwide and gave the league an even greater credibility among its followers.

March 9, 2015

In a mid-six figure deal made in a competitive auction, Parkes+MacDonald and Black Bear Pictures have partnered to acquire and produce Undone, a spec script by first time writer Melissa London Hilfers, who was a litigator at the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

March 9, 2015

Former federal prosecutor and leading white collar defense lawyer Dan Shallman will join Covington as a partner in the firm's new Los Angeles office on March 9. Mr. Shallman will head the firm's Southern California white collar and investigations team while also playing a leading role in the growth of Covington's LA office.

March 2, 2015

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) today announced that James A. Squires will succeed Charles W. “Wick” Moorman as chief executive officer. The action by the company’s board of directors is part of its planned succession process and will be effective June 1, 2015.

February 26, 2015

Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, the largest health care focused law firm in the nation, is pleased to announce associate attorney Arielle Tokorcheck, J.D., has joined the firm's Indianapolis office.

February 23, 2015

Michigan State University College of Law Dean Joan W. Howarth recently announced a generous award from the law firm Foster Swift Collins & Smith.

February 23, 2015

In his early 20s, Calvin Campbell saw college as a nearly impossible dream for an African-American in the segregated South during the Depression, his family said.

February 20, 2015

Family, colleagues and friends of former Wilmette Trustee Thelma Brook Simon remembered her this week as a brilliant and passionate woman who was dedicated to the legal profession, civic activism in Wilmette and her family.

February 19, 2015

The international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP announced the elevation of Brett M. Doran, Jason B. Elster, Tiffany S. Fordyce, Marc E. Harrison, Keith R. Jarosik, Meredith L. Katz, and Edward R. Winkofsky to shareholder in its Chicago office.

February 19, 2015

Columbia Law School Professor Emeritus Marvin A. Chirelstein, a leading scholar of federal taxation, corporate law, and contracts whose textbooks are still used by students across the country, died on Feb. 16. He was 86.