Frank J. Kelley

Frank J. Kelley is the longest serving Attorney General (AG) in the United States, having served from 1962–1999. His 37-year career was marked by an overriding priority to protect the citizens of the State of Michigan.

Kelley had a stellar record of achievements, including reaching national acclaim as an innovator, and being the first AG in the nation to set up Environmental, Consumer Protection, and Criminal Fraud Divisions. In addition, he was instrumental in the passage of Michigan’s Open Meetings and Freedom of Information Acts.

Kelley was the only Michigan AG to be elected president of the National Association of Attorneys General. He was cited by all 50 states Attorneys General as being the Attorney General who most furthered the cause of justice in the United States.

The Frank J. Kelley Institute of Ethics and the Legal Profession combines the best of Mr. Kelley’s legacy with the opportunity for outstanding scholarship that abounds at Michigan State University College of Law.

Amicus Cover Story (PDF) The Fall 2010 issue of Amicus featured Frank Kelley and the Kelley Institute of Ethics.