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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October 14, 2011

Edward E. (Ted) Vaill, JD’65, has impeccable timing, amazing luck, or a combination of both. Even before graduating from the Law School, he was reclassified 1A for the draft.

October 13, 2011

Growing up in a working-class Washington, D.C., neighborhood, Kendrick Ashton, JD/MBA ’04, set some goals for himself. Among them were acquiring a top-notch education, making the world a better place—and playing Division I college football. He achieved those goals, though not without challenges that might have waylaid a lesser person.

October 13, 2011

Kathleen Philips, ’97, is general counsel of Zillow®, the Seattle-based company whose initial public offering in July of this year caused a stir when share prices more than doubled during their first day of trading.

October 13, 2011

After he graduated from the Law School in 1992, Jim Squires went to work in the legal department of Norfolk Southern Railway, which operates 21,500 route miles in 22 eastern states. He’s still there today, as the company’s CFO and its executive vice president for finance.

October 13, 2011

Just a few months after terrorists brought down the World Trade Center towers, Dan Doctoroff, ’84, made a career transition, leaving his 14-year position as managing partner of the private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners to become New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding.

October 13, 2011

When Emily Nicklin, ’77, arrived at the Law School, it was to undertake a rare joint-degree  program—getting a bachelor’s degree as well as her JD.

October 7, 2011

Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC is pleased to announce that Laura B.

October 6, 2011

David Cross, ’80 and Fred Gants, ’76, both attorneys at Quarles & Brady LLP, have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012.  Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

September 6, 2011

Richard Cordray started impressing people in politics when he was still a teenager. It was 1978, and Cordray was just another off-the-street volunteer for Dick Celeste's first campaign for governor of Ohio. The campaign office was a perpetually busy hub packed with young, bright people working on behalf of the Democratic hopeful.

August 25, 2011

Robert Brubaker ’72, partner in Porter Wright’s Environmental Law Practice Group, has been elected as the Chair of the American Bar Association's 6,000-member Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law.