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.

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May 14, 2012

The year after he graduated from the Law School, while he was clerking for a District Court judge in New York City, James Comey, ’85,attended a bail hearing for the mobster Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno,boss of New York’s Genovese crime family. “It was riveting to watch,and the two prosecutors were not much older than I was,” Comey recalls.

May 14, 2012

Last year Lillian Johnson, ’75, who for thirty years has been executive director of Arizona’s largest nonprofit civil legal aid program, was honored by the Obama administration as a “Champion of Change.” The award recognizes “ordinary Americans who are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.”

May 11, 2012

In 1966, Alexander Polikoff, ’53, and a team of lawyers brought America’s first major public housing desegregation lawsuit, Gautreaux v. Chicago Housing Authority, challenging CHA’s practices for siting its housing projects.

May 11, 2012

Late last year Ajit Pai, ’97, was nominated to be one of the five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

May 10, 2012

Linda Rawles, '91, joined the corporate staff at Brookline College in Phoenix as general counsel for the college and its affiliates. She will provide general counsel and advisement on issues in a variety of areas, including policy. 

May 9, 2012

From UTLaw Magazine:

Ward Farnsworth, associate dean for academic affairs at Boston University School of Law, has been named dean of the School of Law at the University of Texas at Austin.

Farnsworth’s appointment, effective June 1, fills the position currently held by Interim Dean Stefanie Lindquist.

May 9, 2012

From the Quarles & Brady LLP website:

May 8, 2012

From the University of Illinois College of Law website:

May 7, 2012

From Chicago Lawyer article by Margaret Benson:

As a spry 82-year-old retired attorney, Leo Feldman views his legal career through a rearview mirror.

Law student Travis Moore, about 50 years Leo's junior, continues to map out his plans for the profession.

May 4, 2012

Cooley LLP has announced that Lyle Roberts '96 has joined the firm's Washington, D.C. office as a partner in its Securities Litigation practice group.  Roberts joins Cooley from Dewey & LeBoeuf.