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 6, 2013

From the HBA press release:

David A. Chaumette, founding partner of Chaumette, PLLC, has taken office as the new president of the Houston Bar Association (HBA). With over 11,200 members, the HBA is the fifth largest metropolitan bar association in the nation. Chaumette succeeds Brent A. Benoit, a partner at Locke Lord LLP.

June 5, 2013

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska announced [May 9] the selection of Joshua Decker to serve as interim executive director, effective May 22, 2013. 

June 4, 2013

Excerpted from

On the surface, In re HP Inkjet Printer Litigation doesn't seem like the kind of class action settlement that would get a thumbs-down from the Ninth Circuit.

June 3, 2013

From (May 8):

Companies that track Internet traffic saw a precipitous drop in Syria Tuesday. Requests for everything from YouTube, news sites and yes, even porn outside the country came to a screeching halt at 2:48 p.m. EST. 

May 31, 2013

From the Fort Mill Times:

Jonathon C. Raffensperger has joined the Chicago law firm Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP as an associate, concentrating his practice in complex commercial litigation.

May 30, 2013

From the New York Times:

President Obama plans to nominate James B. Comey, a former hedge fund executive who served as a senior Justice Department official under President George W. Bush, to replace Robert S. Mueller III as the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to two people with knowledge of the selection.

May 29, 2013

From Lambda Legal's website:

May 24, 2013

From the National Catholic Register:

A Princeton-educated laywoman and lawyer who has focused on religious-liberty issues and training Catholics on how to speak about Church teachings in the public arena has been named to the newly created position of spokeswoman for the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

May 23, 2013

From the DLA Piper website:

May 20, 2013

President Barack Obama has narrowed his choice for the next Federal Bureau of Investigation director to two people: a top White House aide and a former Bush administration official, according to people familiar with the discussions.