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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July 19, 2012


Chris Duerksen, a nationally known proponent of adopting community development codes that directly address sustainability issues, will headline “Imagining New Futures,” an annual urban planning workshop scheduled Nov. 15 – 17 at Texas A&M.

July 18, 2012

Excerpted from The Hill's Congress Blog:

July 16, 2012

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McKenna graduated from the UW in 1985 with degrees in international studies and economics. He applied to be a Rhodes Scholar but missed the cut.

Graduating from the University of Chicago law school in 1988, McKenna passed the bar exam and moved back to Bellevue, taking a job with the law firm Perkins Coie.

July 13, 2012

From the Brennan Center website:

July 11, 2012


July 10, 2012

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Marcus Fruchter

Age: 38.

Family: He and his wife, Mitzi Baum, have a daughter, Sasha, who is 3½ years old.

July 9, 2012


Who would have thought that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissenting opinion in Thursday’s healthcare decision would help opponents of the so-called contraceptive mandate?

July 6, 2012

From Corporate Counsel:

July 5, 2012


Wendy Mink was 7 years old when she decided to run for president.

But her dream was denied before she began.

“I was asked to remove my name from the ballot,” Mink said. “A teacher told me that it was more appropriate for a boy to be president.”

She could be a helper and run for vice president, the teacher offered.