"The People's Lawyer" Book Launch September 17, 2015
Please join us for a reception celebrating the publication of The People's Lawyer: The Life and Times of Frank J. Kelley, the Nation's Longest-Serving Attorney General by Frank J. Kelley with Jack Lessenberry. The event will take place Thursday, September 17th, 2015 at 5:30pm at the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at the Wayne State University Law School. Dean Jocelyn Benson will introduce Frank Kelley and Jack Lessenberry, who will have a conversation about the life of a man who knew John and Robert Kennedy, launched dozens of political and legal careers, and was a national pioneer in the field of consumer law. Complimentary light appetizers will be served. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
The People’s Lawyer chronicles Kelley’s early life as the son of second-generation Irish immigrants, whose father, Frank E. Kelley, started out as a Detroit saloon keeper and became a respected Democratic Party leader. Kelley tells of becoming the first of his family to go to college and law school, his early days as a lawyer in northern Michigan, and how he transformed the office of attorney general as an active crusader for the people. Among other accomplishments, Kelley describes establishing the first Office of Consumer Protection in the country, taking on Michigan’s public utility companies, helping to end racially restrictive real estate practices, and helping to initiate the multibillion-dollar Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement in 1998.