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 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.

August 24, 2011

Jody Rudman has joined Dallas’ Rose•Walker, L.L.P., where her practice involves all manner of business and commercial litigation and white-collar representation.

August 10, 2011

Florida Governor Rick Scott has announced the appointments of T. W. Maurice Langston and Kristina R. Osterhaus to the Second Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

August 3, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday announced a team of 63 lawyers, co-chaired by conservative legal scholar Robert Bork, J.D. ’53, that will advise his campaign on constitutional and judicial matters, law enforcement and homeland security, and regulatory issues.

July 22, 2011

Sonia Katyal has been appointed the Joseph M. McLaughlin Professor of Law, following the retirement of Maria Marcus. 

July 22, 2011

The D.C. Bar has selected Maureen Thornton Syracuse as recipient of its William J. Brennan, Jr. Award, recognizing her career contributions to providing access to justice for individuals of limited financial means. The biennial award, which recognizes an individual D.C. Bar member for exceptional work towards furthering the public interest and equal justice, was presented today at the D.C.

July 18, 2011

In a written statement, President Obama said that he would nominate Richard Cordray, '86, the former attorney general of Ohio, to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Cordray currently serves as director of enforcement at the agency.

July 18, 2011

This year's Family Defense Center Special Benefit Event is in honor of Family Defender Ms. Carolyn Kubitschek, leading appellate civil rights/child protection lawyer. She will be recognized for her countless achievements advancing the rights of  children and  families in the child protection system