Accolades & Achievements

The University of Chicago Law School is proud to recognize noteworthy events in the lives of its alumni through the Accolades & Achievements Blog. Information is gathered from newspaper articles, press releases, and alumni submissions. The blog is updated periodically and is a complement to the Class Notes section of The Record, which is published semi-annually.

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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August 3, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday announced a team of 63 lawyers, co-chaired by conservative legal scholar Robert Bork, J.D. ’53, that will advise his campaign on constitutional and judicial matters, law enforcement and homeland security, and regulatory issues.

July 22, 2011

Sonia Katyal has been appointed the Joseph M. McLaughlin Professor of Law, following the retirement of Maria Marcus. 

July 22, 2011

The D.C. Bar has selected Maureen Thornton Syracuse as recipient of its William J. Brennan, Jr. Award, recognizing her career contributions to providing access to justice for individuals of limited financial means. The biennial award, which recognizes an individual D.C. Bar member for exceptional work towards furthering the public interest and equal justice, was presented today at the D.C.

July 18, 2011

In a written statement, President Obama said that he would nominate Richard Cordray, '86, the former attorney general of Ohio, to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Cordray currently serves as director of enforcement at the agency.

July 18, 2011

This year's Family Defense Center Special Benefit Event is in honor of Family Defender Ms. Carolyn Kubitschek, leading appellate civil rights/child protection lawyer. She will be recognized for her countless achievements advancing the rights of  children and  families in the child protection system

June 7, 2011

For Sarah Horvitz, ’05, coming to the Law School marked a major transition. “I wasn’t ‘that girl who skis’ anymore,” she recalls. “I was finding a new future for myself.”

June 7, 2011

When James Cole, ’95, was growing up in a neighborhood not far from the Law School, his family was often strapped for cash. “We were on welfare more than we were off of it,” he recalls. “I remember having big blocks of government cheese delivered to our house.” As a youngster he sold candies at his church, and he liked the feeling of making a contribution to his family’s well-being.

June 7, 2011

Carla Volpe Porter, ’82, is now in her second decade as general counsel at Renaissance Technologies, the hugely successful New York City–based investment management firm that the Wall Street Journal recently called “one of the most successful hedge-fund companies ever.” “I love working with such brilliant people,” Porter says. “Life at Renaissance is never boring.”

June 6, 2011

Charles “Chuck” Wolf, ’75, says that he learned important lessons from his parents, who experienced substantial hardships in their younger lives. “They didn’t dwell on the past,” he says. “They lived in the present and looked to the future.”

June 2, 2011

Ashutosh Bhagwat, who resides in Moraga, California, has been appointed as the Board member for California Independent system Operator. Ashutosh Bhagwat was appointed by Jerry Brown, California Governor on May 2, 2011 to a term that expires on December 31, 2013.