Kelley Institute Lecture Series

9th Annual Kelley Ethics Lecture

The Frank J. Kelley Institute of Ethics & the Legal Profession invites you to attend the 9th 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, the Honorable Maura Corrigan, has served in many public leadership roles, including Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court (2001-04) and Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services (2011-14).


The Honorable Maura Corrigan

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

Date and Time
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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

Justice Corrigan served as law clerk to the Honorable John Gillis of the Michigan Court of Appeals in 1973. She then moved on to become an assistant prosecuting attorney in Wayne County from 1974 to 1979; in 1979 she was appointed Chief of Appeals in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan. In 1986, she was promoted to Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney, becoming the first woman to hold that position.

Justice Corrigan’s judicial service began when Governor John Engler appointed her to the Michigan Court of Appeals in March of 1992. In 1997 she was appointed Chief Judge of the appeals court, a position she held for two years before her election to the Michigan Supreme Court in 1998 and re-election in 2006. She served two terms as chief justice of the court, from 2001 through 2004. Her term was to end on December 31, 2014, but she left the court on January 14, 2011 to become the Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services. She served in that role through 2014, until taking up her current position as Counsel to Butzel Long in the firm’s Detroit office, where she focuses on litigation and appeals.

Justice Corrigan has participated in numerous community and professional activities. She is a past president of the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers and the Detroit Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. She served as a public member of the Michigan Law Revision Commission from 1991-1998, as an executive board member of the Michigan Judges Association, and as a member of the Judicial Advisory Board of the Center for Law and Organizational Economics at the University of Kansas Law School. She also served on the Board of Directors of Boysville of Michigan.

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”