Nominate Alumni Who’ve Made Achievements in the Legal Community

During Alumni Weekend this past June, the UChicago community honored alumni and faculty for service to the University and the greater global community at the 2014 Alumni Awards Ceremony. Two members of the legal community - Michael L. Shakman, AB'62, AM'64, JD'66, and Professor Richard A. Epstein - were among those recognized. View the highlight video and the ceremony online to hear their reflections upon receiving their honors, and read below to learn more about the awardees.

Shakman, a partner at Miller Shakman & Beem LLP, received awith the Public Service Award. Shakman has been a partner at Miller Shakman & Beem LLP since 1972. He is best known for battling political patronage by filing suit against the City of Chicago. His successful suit resulted in, other governmental bodies, and political organizations and by obtaining a series of court orders, the “Shakman Decrees,” in federal court, making political hiring and firing illegal. Michael L. Shakman et al v. Democratic Organization of Cook County et al, which is still active 45 years after it was filed, continues to make major changes in public employment and is a model for what may be achieved through public interest litigation. Shakman has written extensively on legal ethics, and, as a former colleague states, he “has become a symbol, an inspiration if you will, to those involved in other battles to eliminate corruption and restore integrity in government.” Shakman is also an active business and commercial litigator and, aside from the law, an avid soaring pilot and soaring competitor.

Epstein, a lauded legal scholar and recipient of the Norman Maclean Faculty Award, has taught and mentored four decades of law students at the University of Chicago with memorable excitement and zeal. One former student wrote, “It wasn’t just his manner but his extraordinary legal imagination and his ability to conjure far-reaching questions from even the most pedestrian of cases.” He has gone above and beyond his role as a professor, demonstrating genuine interest in improving the student experience by listening to his students and working closely with staff to make improvements. Esptein is a recognizable fixture outside the classroom through intramural sports, the famed Latke-Hamantash debate, and the annual Chicago Law Foundation charity auction. He has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1985 and a senior fellow of the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the Pritzker School of Medicine since 1983.

Do you know of deserving members of our University of Chicago Alumni Community? Nominate them for the 2015 Alumni Awards. Read more about the nomination process and requirements, and view the nomination form. The deadline to submit nominations are on Monday, September 15, 2014.