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.

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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.

April 16, 2012

Mary McKinney, '05, will join Pepper Hamilton's commercial litigation practice as an associate in the Pittsburgh office. McKinney will focus her practice on representing corporate clients in securities litigations, contract disputes, False Claims Act litigation and class actions. Previously, she was an associate at Covington & Burling.

April 13, 2012

From the University of Chicago Magazine:

April 12, 2012

From The Daily Record website:

James A. Gardner ['84], a State University distinguished professor, has been selected for a 2012-2013 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant.

April 11, 2012

The ABA recently released a new publication entitled A Breath of Hope, the first of a series of books incorporating concepts of legal literacy into generally accessible learning materials.