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.

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October 25, 2010

John G. Levi, Chairman of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Board of Directors, has announced that David H. Hoffman, '95, has been named to LSC's Special Task Force on Fiscal Oversight.

October 22, 2010

Brady Mickelsen, '99, former vice president and associate general counsel for Oracle Corp., has joined White & Case as a mergers and acquisitions partner in the firm's Silicon Valley office.

October 12, 2010

The October 11 issue of the New York Times included a long profile of Richard Cordray, '86, Ohio Attorney General. Below is an excerpt, and the complete article can be read here.

October 7, 2010

Jesse H. Ruiz '95 has been named one of "100 Influentials" in the October 2010 issue of HispanicBusiness Magazine. According to the magazine,

October 6, 2010

Chicago has boasted many great Japanese print collectors in its history, and Jack D. Beem '55 is one of the foremost in Chicago today. Jack lived in Japan from 1964 to 1970, during which time he began a lifelong interest in Japanese art.

October 6, 2010

When lawyers for International Justice Mission first encountered a Kenyan inmate named Peter in late 2009, he had been languishing in prison without bail for 12 months on charges of robbery with violence—an offense punishable by death.

October 5, 2010

Sami Naim
Assistant Counselor to Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Age: 32

Sami Naim was on track to take a job at a big corporate law firm and earn all the prestige that came with it, when he decided to take a walk in the park instead.

“Yeah, the Parks Department,” Naim said. “That wasn’t even on my radar. I didn’t even know they had lawyers.”

October 4, 2010

Christopher V. Carani '99 was named one of the 2010 "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch" by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company (LBPC), publisher of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer.

September 28, 2010

Terry Diamond, '63, came to the Law School with a keen interest in business, and his interest was more than satisfied by great professors and great opportunities. "I'm sure I took every course that Walter Blum taught," he recalls, "and most of Stanley Kaplan's courses, too.

September 28, 2010

Last fall, R. Michael Smith, '75, assumed the roles of General Counsel to the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) and special assistant to the university's president.