Kelley Ethics Lecture at MSU Law slated for October 28

The Hon. Jonathan Lippman will be the guest speaker at the 7th Annual Kelley Ethics Lecture, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28 in the Castle Board Room, MSU College of Law in East Lansing.

The lecture will be followed by lunch, breakout sessions, and the State Bar of Michigan 6th Annual Justice Initiatives Summit, running to 4 p.m.

Lippman is Chief Judge of the State of New York and Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. His career in the court system spans four decades, starting as an entry level court attorney and including service as a law clerk in Supreme Court and Surrogate’s Court, and as Principal Court Attorney for Supreme Court, New York County, Civil Term. He was named Chief Clerk and Executive Officer of that court in 1983.

An alumnus of New York University and New York University School of Law, Lippman was appointed Deputy Chief Administrator for Management of the statewide court system in 1989.

In 1995, he was appointed by Governor Pataki as a Judge of the New York Court of Claims and was subsequently reappointed to a full nine-year term on that court in 1998.

Lippman previously served on the Board of the National Center for State Courts and is a former President of the Conference of State Court Administrators, which consists of court leaders representing all 50 states and United States territories. In 2008, he received the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, an award given annually by the National Center for State Courts to one state court judge chosen from throughout the country.

Previous guest speakers include  David Wilkins, Vice Dean of Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, Director of the Program on the Legal Profession, and the Lester Kissel Professor of Law at Harvard Law School; Deborah Rhode, Director of the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession, and the Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law at Stanford Law School; Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madiga; Richard Susskind, author of “The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services”; Sen. Carl Levin, and 2014 speaker Michigan Supreme Court Justice Michael F. Cavanagh.