KUDOS: In January, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor ’52 (BA ’50) served as grand marshal of the 2006 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. Amalia D. Kessler (MA ’96, PhD ’01), assistant professor of law, was awarded the Surrency Prize by the American Society for Legal History at its annual conference held in November. The award was given to Kessler for her article, “Enforcing Virtue: Social Norms and Self-Interest in an Eighteenth-Century Merchant Court,” in 22 Law and History Review 71 (Spring 2004). William Thorne, Jr. ’77 was named one of the “First 50” minority attorneys in Utah by the Utah Minority Bar Association, to honor those who overcame obstacles in the legal field. In October, R. Anthony Reese ’95; Dan Burk, JSM ’94; and Lawrence Lessig, C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law, were named fellows of the World Technology Network. For the second year in a row, Ann Marie Rosas ’07 captured first place at the National Law School Chess Tournament held in October. Sharon Brown ’94 was honored at the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles annual dinner, held in September, for her year of service as president of the association. A dinner in honor of W. Richard West, Jr. ’71 was held in November by the Red Earth Museum and Gallery in Oklahoma City.

APPOINTMENTS & ELECTIONS: In October, Cardinal Health, Inc., a $65 billion health care company headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, named Ivan K. Fong ’87 as chief legal officer and secretary of the board of directors. Robert W. René, JD/MBA ’83 was named interim chief executive officer of MD Helicopters, Inc., a Mesa, Arizona, manufacturer of military and commercial helicopters. In September, Santa Clara University appointed David C. Drummond ’89 to its board of trustees. Jonathan Drucker ’85 has joined Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. as senior vice president and general counsel. In October, the Redwood City, California, biotechnology firm Threshold Pharmaceuticals, Inc., appointed Michael Ostrach ’76 to the position of chief operating officer and general counsel. Tonik Barber ’81 was named senior vice president, business affairs, and general counsel of VIZ Media, LLC., a San Francisco company that licenses Japanese manga, animation, and entertainment for the U.S. market. In August, the Palo Alto, California, pharmaceutical company Affymax, Inc., appointed Philip Haworth ’93 as vice president of business development.

THE PRESS ANOINTS: The Daily Journal named eight Stanford Law School faculty and alumni to its September list of the “Top 100 Lawyers in the State” of California—Hon. Warren Christopher ’49; Mary Cranston ’75 (BA ’70); David C. Drummond ’89; Hon. Ronald George ’64; Hon. Carol Lam ’85; Fred von Lohmann ’95 (BA ’90); Mark A. Lemley (BA ’88), William H. Neukom Professor of Law; and Kathleen M. Sullivan, Stanley Morrison Professor of Law and former dean. In September, the National Law Journal ranked Stanford as one of the top 10 law schools from which the 50 largest law firms hire first-year associates. The Wall Street Journal named Penny Pritzker, JD/MBA ’84 to its second annual list of “Top 50 Women to Watch” around the globe. Elena Duarte ’92, Bonnie Eskenazi ’85, and Professor Kathleen M. Sullivan were honored in September as three of the “Top 75 Women Litigators” in California by the Daily Journal. In September, Hispanic Business magazine ranked Stanford as one of the nation’s “Top 10 Law Schools for Hispanics.” The Daily Journal named Norman Blears ’80 and Jordan Eth ’85 to its list of California’s “Top 30 Securities Litigators.”