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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June 23, 2015

Trademark law expert Mitchell Stabbe has moved his practice to Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, joining the firm as a partner effective today. In a career spanning over 30 years, Mr. Stabbe has specialized in helping clients protect their intellectual property in the face of constant changes in trademark law and in technology. He joins the firm from Locke Lord’s Washington, D.C.

June 23, 2015

Annual award presented by the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women

June 22, 2015

A New Meaning to Blind Justice

By Neil Steinberg

Sandy Studnicka, who is legally blind, went to a job fair for people with disabilities and was hired by a bank. There she worked at a computer terminal, where problematic accounts would come up in red. But she can’t see the color red. Four months later the bank fired her.

June 17, 2015

Using reverse e-auctions to procure legal work 

June 15, 2015

TriNet (NYSE: TNET), a leading cloud-based provider of HR solutions, today announced the appointment of Brady Mickelsen as senior vice president, chief legal officer and secretary, effective June 22, 2015. Mickelsen is succeeding Gregory L.

June 10, 2015

Jim Franczek likes to kick off collective bargaining with great food: a catered meal, an ethnic feast or just the freshest doughnuts he can find.

Anything to get both sides to some commonalities.

June 4, 2015

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Jun 04, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Essent Group Ltd. announced today that Joseph G. Hissong has joined the Company and will serve as President of Essent’s Bermuda reinsurance company, Essent Reinsurance Ltd. (“Essent Re”). The company also announced that Paul C. Wollmann was named Chief Underwriting Officer. Mr. Wollmann has been with Essent Re since 2009.

June 2, 2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced he has nominated Lori Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor with experience in public safety, as the next chair of the Chicago Police Board – the civilian body that gives residents a voice in the police disciplinary process. Lightfoot replaces Demetrius Carney, the current chair of the Police Board.

May 29, 2015

May 18, 2015 – Washington, D.C. – Stanley Pierre-Louis, a former executive with Viacom Inc., was announced as the Entertainment Software Association’s (ESA) new General Counsel, the Washington, D.C.-based trade association announced today. ESA represents the $22 billion U.S. computer and video game industry. Pierre-Louis will begin at ESA this month.

May 29, 2015

Bjarne Tellmann has rebooted publisher Pearson’s in-house legal team, redesigned the entire legal function and reduced the legal team’s budget, and he shows no sign of slowing down yet…