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.

If you would like an event added to or removed from the blog, or to report any inaccuracies, please email Alison Coppelman, Director, Alumni Relations, at

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December 1, 2015

The absence of law enforcement in developing countries undermines the fight against global poverty. This theory, explored in the 2014 book The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence, has earned its authors the 2016 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.  

November 30, 2015

Chicago Charity Challenge spurs friendly competition over giving

Call One, a Chicago-based telecommunications technology firm, is making a big bet that friendly rivalry combined with data make companies more generous in their charitable giving.

November 30, 2015

Leadership Announcements Position Company To Deliver On New Omnichannel Engagement Market; Aligns Customer Experience To New Executive Position



November 23, 2015

In the Fall/Winter 2015 Newsletter of the NYSBA Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction, Judge Susan Phillips Read reflects on her career and recent retirement.

November 23, 2015

Foley Partner Lisa M. Noller has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.

The induction ceremony at which Noller became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of approximately 900 persons during the recent 2015 Annual Meeting of the College in Chicago.

November 22, 2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced he is appointing Jesse Ruiz to the Board of Commissioners of the Chicago Park District and recommending he be elected President by the other commissioners.

Ruiz will replace Dr. Bryan Traubert, who has led the board since 2010 and is stepping down at the end of the year.

November 21, 2015

Philip L. Harris, currently a partner at the Chicago law firm of Jenner & Block, LLP, has been appointed vice president and general counsel for Northwestern University, effective Jan. 1, 2016, Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro announced today (Nov. 20).

November 19, 2015

Alpine defense attorney Jaime Escuder has entered the race for 83rd District Attorney in the March 1 Democratic primary election to face incumbent Rod Ponton, who also announced for re-election Tuesday.

Marathon attorney Sandy Wilson announced earlier.

November 18, 2015

A vice president and general counsel for OU has been named the president of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

November 17, 2015

David LaGrand, '92, hopes to win to a Michigan House seat on his commitment to criminal justice reform, equitable housing and alternative energy. The Democrat will face Republican Blake Edmonds in the March 8, 2016 general election.