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Leonard H. Roberts ('74), who served as CEO of nationwide restaurant chains Arby's and Shoney's and as chairman and CEO of national retailer RadioShack, authored a memoir, "Leading with Vision and Heart," published by eBooks2go. In the book, Leonard shares lessons for overcoming personal and professional challenges, including the importance of family and friends, helping others, and setting a positive example for future generations.

Robert A. Clifford (BSC '73, JD '76, LLD '03) received the Judge Joel M. Flaum Award from the Chicago Inn of Court. The Judge Flaum Award recognizes a member of the profession who exemplifies the ideals of the Inns of Court – excellence, professionalism, civility, and ethics. Bob is the Founder and Senior Partner of Clifford Law Offices.


The Honorable Robert F. Harris ('91) and Olga R. Rojas ('95) will receive the Special Service Award at the 89th Annual Votive Red Mass of the Holy Spirit on October 4. The Red Mass brings together members of the community from all faith traditions to pray for all those responsible for the administration of justice. Judge Harris serves as a Judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County and Olga works as Counsel for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Stephen V. D'Amore ('94) has been selected as chair-elect of Winston & Strawn LLP. Steve is the global co-chair of the firm's Litigation Department and is based in the firm's Chicago office. He is a lifelong Winston lawyer who began his career at the firm over 30 years ago as a summer associate during law school.

Douglas R. Turk (MBA '97, JD '97) was appointed as chief marketing officer for CAC Group, a Denver based insurance brokerage.

Krista M. Curell ('98) has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the University of Chicago Health System. In that role, Krista will guide day-to-day operations across the UChicago Medicine health system and focus on optimizing and fully integrating operations at the care sites, including Ingalls Memorial Hospital.


Karyn L. Bass Ehler ('05) has been named a 2023 Ruth Goldman Awardee by American Constitution Society's (ACS) Chicago Lawyer Chapter. She will be honored at ACS Chicago Lawyer Chapter's Annual Legal Legends Luncheon on September 12. Karyn is the Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General for the Illinois Attorney General's Office and a member of the College of Law's Dean's Advisory Council.

Eryn Brasovan ('07) has joined Womble Bond Dickinson as a partner. Prior to joining the firm, Eryn was general counsel for insurance premium finance lender FIRST Insurance Funding and has also been the member-elected president of the National Premium Finance Association, a nonprofit corporation that serves the national trade association for property and casualty insurance premium finance lenders.


Marqus A. Cole ('12) has been named to the Grist 50 by Grist Magazine. The Grist 50 is an annual list of leaders from across the U.S. who are working on real-world solutions to the planet's biggest challenges. Marqus is the Director of Church & Community Engagement for the Evangelical Environmental Network and was selected for bringing climate values to his faith, and faith to the battle for climate justice.

Rachelle Ketchum West ('13) has been named a legal writing lecturer at the University of Tennessee College of Law. Prior to joining the University of Tennessee, she was a faculty member at the University of Idaho College of Law and served as a civil trial attorney with the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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