Nessel to receive Frank Kelley Consumer Law Award


Attorney General Dana Nessel is being honored by the Consumer Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan for her decisive actions on multiple consumer issues facing Michigan including: out-of-state racketeers illegal vehicle loans, clergy abuse investigation, crackdown on illegal robo-calls and price-fixing complaints.

The Frank J. Kelley Consumer Advocacy Award, named for the state’s long-serving Attorney General, is given by the bar’s Consumer Law Section Council to individuals for extraordinary consumer advocacy.

The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Meeting on Sept. 25, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. on the 9th Floor Room 911 of the Cooley Law Center Building - WMU Cooley Lansing Campus, 300 S. Capitol Avenue, Lansing, Michigan 48933. Nessel is expected to make a short speech after the award presentation, followed by a panel discussion on student loan litigation.

Andrew L. Campbell, chair of the bar’s consumer law section, praised Nessel as a tenacious advocate for justice stating, “We are recognizing Dana Nessel for her commitment to protecting and serving the people of Michigan through a broad range of initiatives. She is leading the fight to protect consumers against illegal business practices.”

The Kelley award is presented in alternate years to attorneys or recipients often chosen from the fields of journalism or education. In 2018, Ted Roelofs was honored by the
State Bar of Michigan for his reporting on the pitfalls of reverse mortgages marketed to seniors.

Nessel, the current Attorney General for the State of Michigan, honed her skills with the Wayne County Prosecutor before starting her practice as a defender of constitutional rights and the rights of indigent defendants. She is regarded as a premier litigator of LGBTQ issues, having challenged Michigan’s bans on adoption and marriage for same-sex couples with DeBoer v. Snyder; the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

Nessel founded the Fair Michigan Foundation and, with the Wayne County Prosecutor, created the Fair Michigan Justice Project to prosecute hate crimes. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School and lives with her wife, Alanna Maguire, and their twin sons, Alex and Zach.