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NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 13, 2010

CONTACT: ERIKA MARZORATI
517/432-6848, marzorat@law.msu.edu

MSU Law Kelley Institute Lecture Features Leading Legal Ethics Scholar

East Lansing, MI — The nation’s leading legal ethics scholar will present the 2nd Annual Frank J. Kelley Institute of Ethics Lecture at Michigan State University College of Law on Wednesday, September 15. Deborah L. Rhode, the Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law and Director of the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession at Stanford Law School, will discuss “Lawyers & Leadership” at the event.

Professor Rhode has served as president of the Association of American Law Schools, chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, founding director of Stanford’s Center on Ethics in Society, and director of Stanford’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender. She was senior counsel on presidential impeachment issues to the minority members of the Judiciary Committee for the U.S. House of Representatives during the Clinton administration. The most frequently cited scholar on legal ethics, Professor Rhode has received numerous prestigious awards for her contributions to the fields of professional responsibility and legal ethics, as well as for her work on expanding public service opportunities in law schools.

Established in 2009, the Frank J. Kelley Institute of Ethics at MSU College of Law was created to promote ethical education in the law and to bring ethical issues and concerns to light. The Kelley Institute provides training to Law College students on the vital role that ethics plays in the legal profession. Named for Frank J. Kelley, the longest-serving attorney general in U.S. history, the Institute signifies Kelley’s dedication, professionalism, and impeccable ethical code that he held throughout his career and 37 years of service to the State of Michigan. The Institute aims to model Kelley’s notion of furthering the cause of justice in the United States.

The Kelley Institute Lecture will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the MSU College of Law Castle Board Room. Kelley will also give remarks at the event, which is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.law.msu.edu/kelley.

Professor Rhode will also present “The Beauty Bias: The Injustice of Appearance in Life and Law” at the Law College at noon on Wednesday, September 15, as the part of the MSU Law Distinguished Speaker Series. The series brings prominent scholars from across the country to present and exchange ideas with the MSU Law faculty and community.

Michigan State University College of Law is a leading institution of legal education with a long history of creating practice-ready attorneys. 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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