Kym Worthy to speak at Cooley Law

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy will speak at the Auburn Hills Campus of Thomas M. Cooley Law School on Thursday, March 18, at 5 p.m. This presentation is part of Cooley's Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism's "Integrity in Our Communities" speaker series and is being co-sponsored by the Oakland County Bar Association. Cooley's Auburn Hills campus is located at 2630 Featherstone Rd, near the headquarters of Chrysler Corp.

Cooley's Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism brings nationally and locally recognized speakers to each Cooley campus to talk with students, staff, and faculty about issues, trials, and lawsuits touching on ethical and professionalism matters. Prosecutor Worthy will speak on how a public official stands up to intense political pressure to do the right thing. The event is open to the public.

Worthy received her undergraduate degree in economics and political science from the University of Michigan, and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Law. In 1984 she began her legal career at the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, and in 1989, she became the first African-American selected by the office as a Special Assignment Prosecutor. She specialized in high profile murder cases, including the prosecution of Toni Cato Riggs (convicted of the murder of her husband, a returning Gulf War Veteran) and of two Detroit Police Officers convicted in the beating death of motorist Malice Green. Worthy also served as an elected judge for nine years in what is now called the Wayne County Circuit Court.

In the fall of 2007, the State Bar of Michigan conferred the prestigious Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service Award upon Worthy, recognizing her many career achievements, including the many innovative programs and new units that she has created in her role as the Wayne County Prosecutor.

On January 6, 2004, Worthy became the first African American and the first female to hold the position of Wayne County Prosecutor.

In 2008 Worthy charged and successfully prosecuted ex-mayor of Detroit Kwame M. Kilpatrick and his former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty. The case garnered national and international press coverage. She has been widely acknowledged for her courage and integrity in charging a case that could have negatively impacted her political career.

Worthy has lectured at Harvard Law School, the University of Notre Dame Law School, Wayne State University Law School and the Universite des Sciences Sociales in Toulouse, France. She is a sought-after motivational speaker for youth, civic, and church organizations.

Published: Fri, Mar 12, 2010