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John Lewis ’93

John is an attorney at Tucker Ellis LLP (Cleveland, Ohio). He was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. John specializes in commercial litigation. The Best Lawyers lists are based on peer review surveys. John earned his B.A. in political science at K and studied abroad in Hannover, Germany. He earned his law degree from Duquesne University.

Myra Selby ’77

Myra was keynote speaker at Indiana University Bloomington’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Leadership Breakfast. Myra was the first woman and the first African American to serve on the Indiana Supreme Court. She currently is in private practice with the law firm Ice Miller in Indianapolis. In 1999, the Indiana Supreme Court appointed her to chair its Commission on Race and Gender Fairness. She continues as a current member. At K she majored in psychology and studied abroad in Sierra Leone. She earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law.

Ryan Plecha ’04

Ryan was named to the Crain’s Detroit Business list of “40 Under 40” for 2015, an annual citation of 40 successful professionals and entrepreneurs under the age of 40 in Southeast Michigan. Ryan is a partner at the Birmingham law firm of Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein. He played a key role in his firm’s representation of the Retired Detroit Police and Fire Fighters Association and the Detroit Retired City Employees Association during Detroit’s recent bankruptcy proceedings. He also has defended two major class action suits, handled a multi-million-dollar corporate purchase agreement, and represented a major auto maker in a multi-million-dollar supplier dispute. He serves as local counsel for a number of the nation’s top law firms. Ryan has been honored by many groups and publications, and he is the 2015 recipient of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association’s Barristers President’s Award. At K, Ryan majored in psychology. He earned his law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

David Thoms ’70

David was selected for inclusion in the 21st edition of the Best Lawyers in America. His expertise in law pertaining to trusts, estates, charities, and taxes was cited. Best Lawyers also named him “Lawyer of the Year” (2014-15) for the Detroit area in the practice of charities law. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is so honored. David majored in history at K and studied abroad in Caen, France.

David Clowers ’64

David read his poetry for the Dickinson Poetry Series last month at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (Wisconsin). David’s career path has been a spiral. He earned degrees in English (B.A. Kalamazoo College; M.A. University of Michigan) and then taught British and American literature at Drake University for three years. He earned his law degree from the University of Chicago and made a three-decade career change into the practice of law. All the while he continued to write poetry. When he moved to Door County (2001) he started writing more seriously, eventually achieving his goal of writing one poem a day. For the past six years he has taught poetry for the county’s Learning in Retirement Program. He has published two chapbooks: Shedding My Three Piece Birthday Suit and Doggysatva Love and Other Possible Illusions.

Kim Yourchock ’05

Kim has joined the law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn as a partner in its Labor and Employment Department’s Wage and Hour Practice Group. She works in the firm’s Detroit office. Her practice focuses on representing employers in state and federal courts and before various administrative agencies in labor and employment matters, including retaliation, harassment, discrimination, breach of contract and wage and hour matters. She also advises employers regarding employment policies and procedures, best practices for internal investigations, human resources compliance and employment contracts. At K, Kim majored in political science and studied abroad in Bonn, Germany.

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

A 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.

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.