MSU College of Law

Kelley Institute Lecture Series

8th Annual Kelley Ethics Lecture

The Frank J. Kelley Institute of Ethics & the Legal Profession invites you to attend the 8th Annual Kelley Ethics Lecture. This event considers current ethical issues facing attorneys and honors the legacy of General Kelley, who served as Michigan Attorney General from 1961-1999. This year's speaker, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, is the longest-serving attorney general currently holding office. Among other accomplishments, General Miller has won numerous landmark victories protecting consumers across the nation.

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller

The Castle Board Room
Michigan State College of Law
648 North Shaw Lane
East Lansing, Michigan

Date and Time
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 pm
Lunch will be provided.

No RSVP necessary. For more information, please contact the Office of Advancement at or 517-432-6840.

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Speaker Biography

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is serving his ninth four-year term as attorney general of Iowa and is the longest-serving attorney general currently holding office.

General Miller was born in Dubuque, Iowa.  He received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1969 and was first elected Iowa Attorney General in 1978.  Except for four years in private practice, he has served as attorney general of Iowa since that time.

General Miller has earned a reputation for integrity and high quality legal work. He has a long record of achieving results through cooperation with other state attorneys general and with local, state and federal officials, regardless of their political affiliation. He has served as president of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and received NAAG's Wyman Award as the attorney general who contributed most to NAAG and its members. He has chaired several NAAG committees and led major multi-state working groups working on tobacco issues, antitrust enforcement, agriculture, and consumer protection.

Among other concerns, protecting consumers is one of General Miller's highest priorities. His office pioneered the undercover telephone 'sting' that sharply reduced telemarketing crime that cheated older Iowans and people all over the nation. He tackled the issue of questionable sweepstakes that prey on senior citizens, and his office has helped tens of thousands of people with problems ranging from automobile complaints to telemarketing abuse and charity fraud.  In addition, General Miller led some of the largest multi-state enforcement actions against major financial institutions before and during the economic crisis.

Past Kelley Lectures

2015: Honorable Jonathan Lippman
Former Chief Judge of New York and Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
"Closing the Justice Gap: Leadership, Innovation, Action"

2014: Honorable Michael F. Cavanagh
Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice

2013: Carl Levin
Former United States Senator for Michigan
"The Ends and Means of the Nuclear Option"

2012: Richard Susskind
Author of The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services
"The Future of Lawyers"

2011: Lisa Madigan
Attorney General of Illinois
"New Directions in Ethics: The Attorney General's Changing Role in the 21st Century"

2010: Deborah Rhode
Director of the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession and Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law at Stanford Law School
“Lawyers and Leadership”