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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 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.

Jeffrey Hsi ’83, Ph.D.

Jeff has joined the Boston-based intellectual property law firm Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C. as a shareholder. Jeff has nearly two decades of experience in corporate counseling, formation and execution of intellectual property strategy and patent prosecution and opinion work in the areas of chemistry, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, health and beauty, agriculture, animal health, nutraceuticals, polymers, diagnostics and medical devices. He also advises on the development of intellectual property, and he is experienced in establishing infrastructure for it. He has counseled multinational chemical and pharmaceutical companies, emerging biopharmaceutical companies, venture capital and financial institutions and academic and governmental research institutions throughout the world. Jeff majored in chemistry at K and studied abroad in Erlangen, Germany. He earned his M.S. (chemistry) from Indiana University, his Ph.D. (biochemistry) from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Rutgers University. He is a co-inventor on two U.S. patents and co-author of several scientific publications.

Lynn (Arsht) Gandhi ’83

ynnGandhiLynn was named one of 30 “Women in the Law” for 2016 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. An editorial panel selected the honorees based on their commitment to excellence in the practice of law, accomplishments as leaders in the profession, service as mentors to other women, and involvement in the community. Lynn was honored at a luncheon on September 15. She works in Detroit for the law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. At K she majored in economics and business and studied abroad in Italy.

Chris Reynolds ’83

Chris was appointed managing officer and general counsel and chief legal officer of Toyota Motor Corporation. He maintains offices in Torrance, California and Toyota City, Japan. He also will have an office in Plano, Texas, once Toyota’s new headquarters there are completed. Chris joined the company in 2007 and before this recent promotion served as general counsel and chief legal officer, Toyota Motor America, and group vice president, corporate secretary, chief environmental officer, and chief compliance officer, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. Chris is a member of the American Bar Association and serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Urban League, the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the Lincoln Family Life Center. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France. He earned his law degree from Harvard Law School.