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MSU College of Law


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 21, 2012

CONTACT: Kent Love

MSU Law Adjunct Professor Anthony Franze Pens Legal Thriller Set in U.S. Supreme Court

East Lansing, MI — Michigan State University College of Law Adjunct Professor Anthony Franze has released his first novel, a legal thriller titled The Last Justice. The novel is set in the nation’s highest court.

Advanced reviews raved that The Last Justice is reminiscent of “early Robert Ludlum” and praised Franze as the next John Grisham. New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry described Franze as “a great new voice” in the genre, and bestseller Gayle Lynds hailed The Last Justice as “a rare legal thriller—authentic, exciting, and beautifully written.”

When asked why he set the book in the U.S. Supreme Court, Franze said, “It was an opportunity to write about something I love. I’ve had the honor to work on cases in the Supreme Court, but much of the public knows very little about the high court.” He added, “The book was a great opportunity for me to craft a fun, suspenseful thriller, and also to allow readers to explore a fascinating world of one of our country’s greatest institutions.”

Franze is a lawyer with Arnold & Porter’s Appellate & Supreme Court practice in Washington, D.C. He has taught Appellate Practice and Federal Jurisdiction in the Law College’s Washington, D.C., Semester Program since 2004. His law practice focuses on appeals and litigation. Franze was counsel in three merits cases during the U.S. Supreme Court’s last term, each of which resulted in a unanimous victory for his firm’s clients.

Michigan State University College of Law, a leading institution of legal education with a long history of educating practice-ready attorneys, prepares future lawyers to use ethics, ambition, and intellect to solve the world’s problems. As one of only a few private law schools affiliated with a major research university, MSU Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. After 100 years as a private and independent institution, the affiliation with MSU has put the Law College on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and its facility is equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law’s commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.


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