Attorney Doug Kelley, receiver for Petters Group, opens First Friday Speaker Series Oct. 2

Doug Kelley has been described as a man who “has climbed mountains, run for governor as a Republican, been wooed to become a DFLer, defended crooked pols, prosecuted people with Mafia ties, sued the good people of Minneapolis, exposed political skullduggery, worn a green beret.” But, writer Doug Grow continued, “his current job – as receiver sitting atop the $3.45 BILLION Tom Petters’ paper empire – looks to be Kelley’s biggest challenge ever.”

Doug Kelley

Doug Kelley

Kelley is the inaugural speaker for the St. Thomas Alumni Association's 2009-2010 First Friday Speaker Series at noon Friday, Oct. 2, at Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power St., near downtown Minneapolis. He will discuss more about Petters’ alleged Ponzi scheme and its implications.

Kelley’s background includes positions as chief of staff for former Sen. Dave Durenberger and chairman of the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board during the Ventura administration. His work as an assistant U.S. attorney earned him the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Department of Justice, and he was named a “Super Lawyer” by the Minnesota Journal of Law and Politics while in private practice. He is currently partner and president of Kelley & Wolter, P.A. He also serves on the UST School of Law Board of Governors. The law school co-sponsors this event.

On first Fridays of each month during the academic year, the St. Thomas Alumni Association's First Friday Speaker Series offers lunch and a speaker of current interest. St. Thomas alumni and friends, along with the general public, are invited. Cost of each luncheon and presentation is $25. A limited number of $10 tickets are available to UST students at the St. Thomas Box Office.

Reservations for the Oct. 2 luncheon are due Friday, Sept. 25. Early reservations are recommended as these events fill quickly. For reservations and more information, call the St. Thomas Alumni Association, (651) 962-6430, or register online at the association’s Web site.