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Author and journalist Jack Lessenberry will discuss Michigan’s longest
serving attorney general, Frank J. Kelley. Lessenberry co-authored the
206 Michigan Notable book, The People’s Lawyer: The Life and Times of Frank J.
Kelley, the Nation’s Longest-Serving Attorney General, with Kelley. After
several years as a small-town lawyer in Alpena, Frank J. Kelley was
unexpectedly appointed Michigan’s attorney general at the end of 1961. He
never suspected that he would continue to serve until 1999, a national
record. During that time, he worked with everyone from John and Bobby
Kennedy to Bill Clinton and jump-started the careers of dozens of
politicians and public figures, including U.S. Senator Carl Levin and
Governors James Blanchard and Jennifer Granholm.
Lessenberry will talk about the man behind the book — and also provide some glimpses into the process of writing and literary collaboration