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 acoppelman@uchicago.edu.

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April 12, 2016

Veteran LGBT rights activist Jerry Clark, '66, dies at 74. Jerry N. Clark, an attorney, union health and pension fund director, and health care benefits consultant in Washington who for years served as an advocate for the cause of LGBT rights and D.C. statehood died April 9 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington.

April 6, 2016

Esther F. Lardent, '71, will be remembered as a tireless champion for equal access to justice, Legal Services Corporation President James J. Sandman said today.

April 5, 2016

Last year, Nirav Shah, ’07 JD, ’08 MD, was appointed to the cabinet of Governor Bruce Rauner as the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. Charged with protecting the health and wellness of the people of Illinois, the agency has a budget of more than 500 million dollars, manages more than 200 programs, and has more than 1,000 employees.

April 5, 2016

Lisa Ellman, ’05 JD, ’05 MPP, is a partner at Hogan Lovells in Washington, DC, where she cochairs the firm’s global Unmanned Aircraft Systems Practice Group, which addresses legal and policy issues related to commercial drones in the United States and around the world.

April 5, 2016

Vincent Cordero, ’99, is the chief operating officer of HBO Latin America.

April 5, 2016

Tom Eggemeier, ’97, became president of Genesys last fall. The largest privately held software company in Silicon Valley, Genesys does business in more than 100 countries, helping companies improve their online, email, and voice interactions with customers. Its clients include Apple, Airbnb, and Emirates Airline.

April 4, 2016

Greed is undermining class actions, according to Ted Frank, '94, founder and director of the Center for Class Action Fairness in Washington.

Consumer and other class settlements often pay more to trial lawyers than to their clients, Frank says, and he's devoted his professional life to fighting that trend.

April 4, 2016

As the chief administrator of the Independent Police Review Authority, one of my responsibilities is to oversee investigations related to officer-involved shootings and allegations of excessive use of force by members of the Chicag

April 1, 2016

In 2014, Bjarne Tellmann, ’95, was named senior vice president and general counsel of Pearson PLC. With headquarters in London and New York and more than 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries, Pearson is the world’s largest company in many fields, including general publishing, textbook publishing, digital learning technologies, and private English-language instruction.

April 1, 2016

Stephanie Scharf, ’85, is a cofounder of Scharf Banks Marmor LLC. The firm, which was formed in 2012, is the largest women-owned firm in Chicago and is one of fewer than 30 women-owned law firms throughout the United States to have more than 10 employees.