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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February 19, 2015

Columbia Law School Professor Emeritus Marvin A. Chirelstein, a leading scholar of federal taxation, corporate law, and contracts whose textbooks are still used by students across the country, died on Feb. 16. He was 86.

February 17, 2015

The UJA-Federation of New York recognized Davis Polk partner Donald Bernstein for his philanthropic work with the Judge Joseph M. Proskauer Award. The award, the most prestigious accolade given by the UJA-Federation to members of the legal community, is presented to lawyers who have shown profound commitment to philanthropy as well as to the highest ideals of the law.

February 17, 2015

The Utah Senate on Friday confirmed Constandinos Himonas to the state Supreme Court on a 27-0 vote.

Himonas, who is Greek Orthodox, will be the only non-Mormon on the state's high court. He has served as a judge in the 3rd District Court for a decade.

February 16, 2015

Katherine Ann Bradley and Eric William Waldo were married Saturday evening at the InterContinental San Juan, a hotel in Puerto Rico. The Rev. Aran Santana, a minister of the Missionary Churches of Christ, led a ceremony that included Catholic and Jewish wedding traditions. Colin J. Callahan, a friend of the couple, took part.

February 11, 2015

Samvad partners promoted senior associates Ashwini Vittalachar and Apurva Jayant to the partnership effective 1 April, taking its total number of partners to 9.

February 11, 2015

The Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee voted Tuesday to recommend that 3rd District Judge Constandinos "Deno" Himonas be confirmed for a spot on the Utah Supreme Court.

February 10, 2015

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 10, 2015) - Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has elevated eleven of its attorneys to partner. The new partners are William F. Ahmann (Palo Alto), Christopher J. Collins (New York), Pankit J. Doshi (San Francisco), Morgan Forsey (San Francisco), Kenneth D. Fox (Orange County), Michael M.

February 9, 2015

Linda Greenhouse is at it again. The New York Times Supreme Court reporter-turned-opinion writer is deeply troubled by the possibility that the Supreme Court may actually construe the Affordable C

February 4, 2015

When Lisa Ellman was eight years old, she drafted a policy document for her family. She called it her Magna Carta—and it was primarily designed to keep her two annoying younger brothers in check. Ellman’s document levied a fine for saying mean words like “dummy” and for engaging in wild behavior like “pinching your older sister.”

February 3, 2015

Classical music writer Andrew Patner died suddenly Tuesday morning.

Patner was most recently a critic-at-large for WFMT-FM and a contributing critic for the Chicago Sun-Times.