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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November 3, 2011

A  jury in Multnomah County, Oregon, unanimously awarded $2 million Wednesday to a former foster child (known as B.D.) who was abused and starved for two years while under the watch of state child welfare workers.

November 2, 2011

Vincent Cordero, '99, Executive Vice President and General Manager at Fox Deportes, has been inducted to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Hall of Fame. 

November 2, 2011

The Securities and Exchange Commission has named Brian Bussey, '95, as the new Associate Director for Derivatives Policy and Trading Practices in the Division of Trading and Markets.

November 1, 2011

Cyrus Amir-Mokri, '95, was confirmed by the Senate last night as the U.S. Treasury Department’s assistant secretary for financial institutions.

November 1, 2011

President Obama nominated former Federal Communications Commission deputy general counsel Ajit Pai, '97, on Monday to fill one of the two vacancies on the Commission left by Republican Meredith Attwell Baker's departure to join Comcast earlier this year and Democratic Commissioner Michael Copps' eventual retirement.

October 19, 2011

Lillian O. Johnson has been selected as a “White House Champion of Change.”  Ms. Johnson has for many years been executive director of Community Legal Services, and she is being honored for her life-long dedication to closing the access to justice gap in America.  Ms. Johnson received her J.D.

October 18, 2011

From RealClearPolitics:

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin on Tuesday nominated to the state Supreme Court a Vermont lawyer who championed marriage rights for gays and lesbians and is now his general counsel.

October 14, 2011

Edward E. (Ted) Vaill, JD’65, has impeccable timing, amazing luck, or a combination of both. Even before graduating from the Law School, he was reclassified 1A for the draft.

October 13, 2011

Growing up in a working-class Washington, D.C., neighborhood, Kendrick Ashton, JD/MBA ’04, set some goals for himself. Among them were acquiring a top-notch education, making the world a better place—and playing Division I college football. He achieved those goals, though not without challenges that might have waylaid a lesser person.

October 13, 2011

Kathleen Philips, ’97, is general counsel of Zillow®, the Seattle-based company whose initial public offering in July of this year caused a stir when share prices more than doubled during their first day of trading.