Monday Profile: Steven T. Lett

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Steven T. Lett, a lifelong resident of the Lansing area,  attended Lansing schools, Michigan State University,  and Cooley Law School.

His first attorney position was a corporate counsel with the Model A and Model T Motor Car Reproduction Corporation,  which made replicas of the 1929 Model A Ford.

He went into solo practice for a couple of years until forming a partnership with Russ Lawler.  After Lawler passed away, the partnership of Wilson Lawler and Lett was formed, which has become the Lansing firm of Wilson, Lett, & Kerbawy, PLC. 

Lett focuses his practice in the areas of mediation and labor law on the union side by representing Capitol City Labor Program, the local union for police officers and related services.

By Jo Mathis
Legal News

Residence:  Scenic Lake in Laingsburg.

Favorite local hangouts:  Twilliger’s Tavern.  There aren’t a lot of choices in a small town.

Favorite websites:  MSN.Com and Charles Schwab Investments.

What is your most treasured material possession? A 1999 Olds Aurora which I hope to bring back to like new condition some day.

What was always written on your grade school report card?  Depends on which teacher was doing the writing and what I had just done that day.   

What is your happiest childhood memory?  Visiting the Tennessee farm of my uncle—who would let a kid drive a monster tractor.

When you were considering law school, what was Plan B?  Law school was plan B, as I was already working in banking.

What would surprise people about your job?  That the people I represent—police officers—are just like everyone else.           

What do you wish someone would invent?  A legal research app that is easier to use than what is currently available.

What has been your favorite year so far?  1968—the year I married my lovely wife.

Do you prefer email, text, or a phone call? Email. It has made the practice of law much easier and has compressed the time it takes to get something done from days to minutes. 

When you look back into the past, what do you miss most? 
Given today’s political climate, I miss the old smoke-filled cloakrooms where deals were cut.  

What is your most typical mood?  Happy.

Who is on your guest list for the ideal dinner party?
  Bill Clinton, Diane Sawyer, Bishop Don Ott, Thurgood Marshall, and Ernest Hemingway.

What question do you most often ask yourself?  When will it be time to retire?

If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would that be?  Robert Redford.

What’s the most awe-inspiring place you’ve ever been?  Venice, Italy for all the history that is still there.

What is your proudest moment as a lawyer?  Defending a young mother whose parental rights to her child were threatened with termination by the state.  We were successful in our defense.

What word do you overuse?  Cannot say that here.

What is one thing you would like to learn to do?  I would love to learn to fly a fighter jet.

What is something most people don't know about you?  That I am very active in the United Methodist Church.

What is the best advice you ever received?  If they don’t kill you, you still have a chance.

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