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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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.

October 13, 2011

After he graduated from the Law School in 1992, Jim Squires went to work in the legal department of Norfolk Southern Railway, which operates 21,500 route miles in 22 eastern states. He’s still there today, as the company’s CFO and its executive vice president for finance.

October 13, 2011

Just a few months after terrorists brought down the World Trade Center towers, Dan Doctoroff, ’84, made a career transition, leaving his 14-year position as managing partner of the private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners to become New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding.

October 13, 2011

When Emily Nicklin, ’77, arrived at the Law School, it was to undertake a rare joint-degree  program—getting a bachelor’s degree as well as her JD.

October 7, 2011

Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC is pleased to announce that Laura B.