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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September 10, 2010

Michele Ilene Ruiz '94, a partner at Sidley Austin LLP, will be honored on October 26th at The Anti-Defamation League's Third Annual Rising Stars Awards Luncheon.

September 9, 2010

David Christy '90 has joined Thompson Hine LLP as a partner in the International Trade & Customs practice group. Christy was formerly of counsel with DLA Piper LLP.

September 8, 2010

With his three children out on their own, Steve Koch '82 decided there was no better time than now to take a long bike ride — a really long one.

September 2, 2010

Thomas A. Cole, '75, a partner at Sidley Austin LLP's Chicago office and chair of the firm’s Executive Committee, has been named to the 2010 Directorship 100 list of the most influential people in corporate governance and the boardroom.

August 20, 2010

Teresa Schiller '95 has joined the New York State Bar Association as its new director of Law Practice Management.

August 16, 2010

Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle on Friday nominated Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice Mark E. Recktenwald, '86, to serve as Hawaii’s next chief justice.

If confirmed by the state Senate, he would succeed retiring Chief Justice Ronald Moon to become Hawaii’s fifth chief justice and serve an initial 10-year term. Under state law, Moon must retire upon reaching age 70 next month.

August 13, 2010

Real estate website this week announced the appointment of Kathleen Philips as general counsel.

August 4, 2010

James Santelle will be sworn in Wednesday at the federal court in Milwaukee. He'll become the 34th U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Santelle was appointed to the position in December by President Barack Obama.

August 3, 2010

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. - the state's first elected woman to serve in the Senate - will deliver the fourth annual Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30 at the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater, Saint John's University, Collegeville.

July 30, 2010

The study of corporate governance was barely emerging in 1985 when Nell Minow—pregnant with her second child and looking for a part-time job—entered the field with modest ambitions.

“I really didn’t care too much what the job was. I just wanted it to be interesting, and I wanted to be on the side with the good guys,” says Minow, JD’77.