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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May 16, 2012

A bequest from Lillian Kraemer, ’64, will one day endow a tenured academic professorship at the Law School that will be focused on public interest law.

May 16, 2012

Less than two years after she graduated from the Law School, Leslie Bluhm, ’89, founded Chicago Cares, the nonprofit that is now the largest volunteer service organization in the Midwest.

May 16, 2012

As New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Operations, Cas Holloway, ’02, directly oversees 11 mayoral agencies and assists the mayor in overseeing the police department, fire department, and several other key offices—all with the ultimate goal of providing more than eight million New Yorkers with effective, efficient, innovative, and sustainable services.

May 15, 2012

For the Honorable James Hormel, ’58, discovering his identity and mission in social justice has been a lifelong process. One early turning point came during his years as the University of Chicago Law School’s first full-time dean of students, when he realized he was on the side of students who were protesting the Vietnam War.

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.