But if you had a time machine, meeting 1978 Jennifer Granholm does seem like it should be the first order of business (post KILLING HITLER.),” played by the timeless Ann Jillian, perhaps her first childhood crush.
It was October of her second year at Harvard Law School, and Jennifer M.
Granholm—Law School class of 1987, a former beauty queen, and the future first female governor of Michigan—was being investigated by the Law School Ad Board.
Granholm, who is currently the host of ‘The War Room’ on Current TV, had testified on behalf of a fellow law school student, who was accused of trying to start a riot during a protest against Harvard’s investments in Apartheid South Africa.
After she admitted that she had attended the protest in order to defend her friend, the Law School Ad Board began investigating Granholm, as well. Nesson ’60—famous for defending Daniel Ellsberg ’52 in the Pentagon Papers case—stepped forward to defend both students, according to the former governor.
Granholm was acquitted and her peer only reprimanded.
The movement for divestment—which raised tensions between students and the University during the 1980s—was a defining part of Granholm’s experience at Harvard Law School, and helped to shape the advocate and political figure she would become.
Granholm has continued on that path as a career public servant who served as Michigan’s governor during one of the largest economic crises in the state’s history.
FROM HOLLYWOOD TO HARVARDBefore becoming the first female governor of Michigan, Granholm was the first female tour guide at a marine and wildlife park, which supplemented her income as she pursued an acting career.
She enrolled at The University of California at Berkeley and—when she was a senior—was accepted to Harvard Law School.“To be able to go to the finest law school in the country was beyond my wildest dreams,” Granholm said, adding that she was the first person in her family to go to college.While everyone in Los Angeles wanted to be famous, everyone at the Law School “wanted to be president,” according to Granholm, who felt that her peers at Harvard encouraged her to strive for “excellence both in thought and in action.”Three-quarters through her first year, Granholm met Daniel G. ’” she wrote in her book, ‘A Governor’s Story.’The two were engaged three months later and married in the summer before Granholm’s third year.