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 17, 2013

From Crain's Chicago Business:

Gerald Ratner turns 100 today and has been a Chicago lawyer for more than 75 of those years — still coming into the Gould & Ratner LLP offices on occasion and going over the books.

December 16, 2013

From the Santa Rosa (CA) Press Democrat:

Like a lot of people cobbling together a living in a still-recovering economy that hasn't been kind to the middle class, Irwin Keller is a man with two jobs.

December 12, 2013


Lavelle Law, Ltd., one of the largest law firms in the Chicago suburbs has announced the hiring of two new attorneys, the 18th and 19th in the Palatine practice. Joining the firm as associates are Heidi A. Schuster and Courtney L. Kleshinski...

December 11, 2013

The Electronic Privacy Information Center just won a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, requiring the federal agency to release documents about the so-called "internet kill switch." Bob speaks with EPIC's Julia Horwitz about the lengthy battle with DHS, and the difficulty in getting information out of the notoriously opaque a

December 9, 2013

From the Lincoln Journal-Star:

Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale filed for re-election Friday.

Gale, who was appointed by Gov. Mike Johanns in 2000, is seeking a fourth full term.

He first announced his candidacy in June, when he launched a 1,000-mile announcement tour of the state, and made the news official Friday.

December 5, 2013

From Law360:

December 4, 2013


As he tries to grow Carlson Products’ business, new president and CEO Austin Peterson can look to the company’s history for inspiration.

Founded in the 1950s as a door manufacturer, the company started making bakeware for a little startup called Pizza Hut.

December 3, 2013


Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Thursday that a Grand Rapids lawyer will take over as the state's solicitor general.

December 2, 2013

From the Texas Office of the Governor:

Gov. Rick Perry has reappointed Allyson Ho of Dallas and Richard Figueroa of Brenham to the Texas Judicial Council for terms to expire June 30, 2019. The council studies and reports on the organization and practices of the Texas judicial system.

November 25, 2013