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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September 14, 2015

“This is my dream job,” says Brian Brooks, ’94. “I have aspired to this role almost my whole career.” He’s referring to his new role, as of last November, as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of the Federal National Mortgage Association, better known as Fannie Mae.

September 11, 2015

Ann Ziegler, ’83, serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and an executive committee member at CDW, a $12 billion provider of integrated information technology solutions to more than 250,000 business and public-sector customers.

September 11, 2015

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is pleased to announce that Víctor Manuel Frías will join the firm's Mexico City office in the Antitrust Litigation & Competition Practice Group. Frías has joined as a shareholder from Casares, Castelazo, Frías y Zárate, S.C.

September 8, 2015

Jerry B. Wallack, managing partner of Kutak Rock LLP’s Chicago office, died unexpectedly this morning. He was 63. He is survived by his wife, Betty Brady, and daughter, Wendy Wallack.

September 3, 2015

During law school, Bryant Edwards, ’81, had his sights set on a Wall Street lawyering job. Then he met some lawyers from a small Los Angeles firm with about 175 attorneys, and he liked what he saw in them. After visiting the firm’s offices, he liked it even more.

September 3, 2015

Chicago attorney and government wonk Perri Irmer has been named president and CEO of the DuSable Museum of African American History.

Irmer, 56, is a Chicago native and lifelong resident of the Hyde Park-Kenwood community and has a broad range of experience—she's also an architect and worked for years as head of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority.

August 31, 2015

Esther Lardent, founder of the Washington, D.C.-based Pro Bono Institute, can be very persuasive. Just ask U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has spoken at nearly all of PBI's yearly meetings since the late 1990s, no matter how busy her schedule.

August 27, 2015

David M. Rubenstein will be honored with a 2015 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, the Carnegie Corporation of New York announced Tuesday. The awards are given to individuals who embody the spirit of Andrew Carnegie by dedicating their private wealth to the public good.

August 25, 2015

Alissa Gardenswartz steps into the position of Deputy Attorney General for Consumer Protection.  Gardenswartz joined the Colorado Attorney General’s Office in January 2007 as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Fraud Unit. She worked a wide variety of antitrust cases, as well as consumer, mortgage, and charitable fraud cases.