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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February 4, 2015

When Lisa Ellman was eight years old, she drafted a policy document for her family. She called it her Magna Carta—and it was primarily designed to keep her two annoying younger brothers in check. Ellman’s document levied a fine for saying mean words like “dummy” and for engaging in wild behavior like “pinching your older sister.”

February 3, 2015

Classical music writer Andrew Patner died suddenly Tuesday morning.

Patner was most recently a critic-at-large for WFMT-FM and a contributing critic for the Chicago Sun-Times.

January 29, 2015

I am a legal technology entrepreneur. I started my career like many other lawyers. When I graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1993,  I followed the traditional path to a clerkship with the Micigan Supreme Court, and then to Mayer Brown as an associate.

January 26, 2015

Profiles Theatre continues its 26th Season with the Chicago premiere of The Other Place by Sharr White, directed by Artistic Director Joe Jahraus. The production runs February 13 - April 5, 2015 at Profiles Theatre's The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway. The press opening is Thursday, February 19 at 8pm.

January 22, 2015

NEW YORK, Jan 22, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Evercore announced today that Steven C. Todrys has joined the Firm’s Investment Banking business as a Senior Advisor with a focus on transactional tax and structuring solutions. He will be based in Evercore’s office in New York.

January 20, 2015

Adam Bonin, ’97, is a new columnist with Philadelphia Magazine. In his first column, he calls for an end to the "judicial fundraising charade":

January 20, 2015

Henry Girard Manne died on January 17, 2015 at the age of 86. A towering figure in legal education, Manne was one of the founders of the Law and Economics movement, the 20th century’s most important and influential legal academic discipline.

January 16, 2015

IBM ranks top in annual U.S. patents granted for the 22nd straight year. McAndrews Held & Malloy Partner Chris Carani and Bloomberg’s Alex Barinka speak on “Bloomberg West.”

January 15, 2015

In her first act as Colorado’s 38th Attorney General, Cynthia Coffman today met with Department of Law staff to announce her senior cabinet appointments.


January 14, 2015

The national law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (DWT) announced today that it has expanded its tax-exempt organizations practice with a New York-based team of five attorneys including Dan Kurtz. Kurtz, former New York State Assistant Attorney General-in-Charge of the New York Charities Bureau, joins DWT as a partner.