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The Hon. Michael S. Jordan ('66) was elected vice president of the National Association of Railroad Referees for the 2019-21 term. Association members serve as arbitrators and mediators for the U.S. railroad and airline industries.


Gene McCluskey ('81) has retired as vice president, tax of CF Industries in Deerfield, Ill. After a transition period with CF, he plans to teach part time.

Scott B. Gibson ('82), formerly of Gibson Lewis, announced his new firm name, Gibson Steigauf. The personal injury law firm is based in Waukegan, Ill.

Respicio F. Vazquez (BUS '82, JD '85) was appointed as the first general counsel of Elgin Community College, in Elgin, Ill.


Michael C. Cafferty ('00) recently passed away after a battle with cancer. In the midst of his treatment, Mike published his memoir, "Driven: A remarkable story of tragedy, triumph and faith." The book focuses on his life as a teenager, how he was injured in a car accident, ICU, rehab, life in a nursing home, college and eventually working at Cook County Public Guardians Office. Available here.

Christopher W. Carmichael ('01) was named treasurer of the Federal Bar Association, Chicago Chapter. He is a partner with Henderson, Parks LLC.

Brandon C. Helms ('07) published his first novel, "Not Today, Fred." A new romantic comedy with a psychological twist, the novel blends literary humor about overcoming depression with practical advice on how to build yourself up with the help of others. Available here.

Matthew S. Brockmeier ('09) is an associate at Vicente Sederberg, a full-service cannabis law firm. He is based in the firm's Denver office.

Nathaniel Z. Conley ('09) has joined the San Diego-based Sheinberg Law Group as an associate attorney.


Peter Turney ('10) has accepted the position of director of compliance for the University of Utah athletics department.

Sarah King ('11) has been named partner at Chicago-based Clifford Law Offices. She has particular expertise in the medical malpractice arena.

Kevin Fanning ('14) has founded the Chicago-based law firm Fanning Law LLC, which concentrates on commercial and industrial property tax appeals and incentives. Previously, he was with Verros Berkshire PC.

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