Robert MacCoun ’80

Robert holds a joint appointment as a professor of law at Stanford Law School and as a senior fellow with the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Robert is a renowned psychologist and behavioral scientist who has studied illicit drug use, drug policy, alternative dispute resolution, judgment and decision making, social influence, and bias in the use and interpretation of research evidence. His analyses of military unit cohesion were cited during “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” debates about inclusion of gays and lesbians in the military. Prior to his faculty appointment at Stanford Law School, he was a member of the faculties of Berkeley Law School and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley.

Timothy Gutwald ’02

Tim has joined the Grand Rapids office of the law firm Miller Johnson. He will represent and counsel health care clients on regulatory compliance, reimbursement, medical staff and peer review, and employment matters. Tim was named a “Rising Star” in health care law by Michigan Super Lawyers. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science, and he studied abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Law in 2006.

Wade Thomson ’98

Wade Thomson ’98A partner in the law firm Jenner & Block, Wade was selected by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company to “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty,” an annual list that honors 40 of the most talented young attorneys working in Illinois. The profile cites Wade’s involvement in a large and complicated aerospace dispute (in which even his opponent praised him for his fierce but fair advocacy for his client) and his active pro bono practice, including his service for clients of the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago. Wade has represented more than 20 immigrants and their families from 16 countries to secure asylum or other legal protections.

Valerie Cochran ’02

Valerie shared some recent milestones in her career in law education. In August 2015 she joined Darton State College (Albany, Georgia) as assistant professor and coordinator of paralegal studies. She teaches paralegal courses online and oversees the program. She also was elected president-elect of the Dougherty Bar Association and expects to assume the presidency in August. In early May of this year she became the 1L Judicial Externship Supervisor at the Florida State University College of Law.

Shivangee Pandya ’08

Shivangee has been named the new director of Lawyers for the Creative Economy, a program of Creative Many Michigan, a statewide economic development organization for the arts, culture, and creative design industries. The program delivers free to low-fee intellectual property and creativity-related legal resources and services to artists, creative practitioners, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Shivangee helps identify legal issues likely to affect artists and other creative persons and enterprises, and she determines the appropriate legal support and resources needed. She also prepares Michigan attorneys to provide artists with basic intellectual property knowledge and resources through her work at periodic workshops, public lectures, orientations, and forums. At K Shivangee earned her bachelor’s degree with a double major in religion and economics and business. She studied abroad in Aberdeen, Scotland. Shivangee earned her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.

Charles Langton ’83

Charles is legal analyst, reporter, weekend morning anchor, and a co-host at FOX 2 (WJBK) in Southfield, Michigan. He also is a practicing attorney with his own law firm. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in theatre arts, studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France, and won a best supporting actor award for a Festival Playhouse role in William Inge’s play Picnic. He earned his law degree from the Detroit College of Law and later enrolled at (and graduated first in his class from) the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts. Since then he has worked in several radio and television positions and has won four Emmys and three Wade McCree Jr. awards for excellence in legal journalism presented by the State Bar of Michigan.

Lucas Caldwell-McMillan ’03

Lucas Caldwell-McMillan ’03Lucas was recently named managing attorney for the Advocates for Family Health Program of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM). He joined LSEM in 2009 as a staff attorney and program director of LSEM’s Medical-Legal Program, a unit he will continue to manage in his expanded role. The Advocates for Family Health Program assists children, families and pregnant women who are eligible for Missouri’s family Medicaid programs: MO HealthNet for Kids, MO HealthNet for Families, and MO HealthNet for Pregnant Women. LSEM has provided high quality legal assistance in civil cases to the low-income community for more than 50 years.

Eli Savit ’’05

Eli and Amanda Kelly Rice were married on June 25 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Eli is a senior adviser and counsel to Detroit’s mayor, Mike Duggan. Amanda is an associate in the Detroit office of the law firm Jones Day. The couple met in Washington and both served in clerkships at the Supreme Court there–she with Justice Elena Kagan and he with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Both of those Supreme Court justices attended the wedding. At K Eli majored in political science. He studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan.

Richard Gianino ’78

Richard was a co-recipient of the 2014 Pro Bono Recognition Award from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He was honored for volunteer service representing a plaintiff assigned by the court in a complex disability case featuring elements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Though elements of the case are still pending, Richard helped successfully argue that a wheelchair-bound muscular sclerosis patient is entitled to lifetime disability benefits. Richard is a partner and senior litigator in the Detroit office of the law firm Plunkett Cooney. He earned his bachelor’s degree at K in political science, and he received his law degree at Boston College.