Kelley Institute Lecture Series

Annual Kelley Ethics Lecture

The Kelley Lecture considers current ethical issues facing attorneys and honors the legacy of General Frank E. Kelley, who served as Michigan Attorney General from 1961-1999. 2021 Kelley Lecturer Judge Levy will talk about her role in managing the logistics of the complex Flint water case and how her work as a US Attorney at the Department of Justice led to her appointment as a federal judge. She will also discuss the importance of honesty for lawyers who appear before the federal judiciary and take questions from the audience.

Judge Judith E. Levy 

Date and Time
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
12:15 p.m.


Speaker Biography

Judith E. Levy was commissioned by President Barack Obama on March 14, 2014, to serve as a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. She previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan from 2000-2014, and as Chief of the Civil Rights Unit in that office from 2010-2014. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Michigan from 2002 to the present.

Judge Levy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1981, and her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1996. She served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Bernard A. Friedman from 1996-1999.

Past Kelley Lectures

2019: Russel Allen Church, Esq.
First Chief Public Defender of the newly created Ingham County Office of the Public Defender
“Defending the Defenseless”

2018: Honorable Maura Corrigan
Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice

2016: Thomas J. Miller
Attorney General of Iowa

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”