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Cincinnati-area attorneys chair OSBA committees

For Immediate Release

SUBJECT: Cincinnati-area attorneys chair OSBA committees

CONTACT: Kenneth A. Brown  800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426

COLUMBUS (Sept. 2, 2003)—Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) President Keith A. Ashmus has appointed five greater Cincinnati-area lawyers as chairpersons of OSBA committees and sections for 2003 - 2004. The OSBA maintains 39 standing committees and 10 sections, each of which monitors a particular area of law. Committees and sections work to improve the justice system by keeping Ohio lawyers informed about the latest court decisions and regulatory changes. In addition, they comment on bills before the Ohio General Assembly and draft their own legislative proposals to improve existing laws.

Roger S. Gates, an assistant prosecuting attorney and Chief of the Civil Division in the office of Butler County prosecuting attorney Robin Piper, has been re-appointed to chair the Law Office Automation & Technology Committee. Gates, an Oxford resident, received his bachelor’s degree from Miami University and his law degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1979. He currently serves on the OSBA’s Council of Delegates; Government, Construction and Education Law Committee; and the Board of Directors for the OSBA Insurance Agency, Inc. He is a past president of both the Butler County Bar Association and the Butler County Law Library Association. In the community, Gates is a trustee for the Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation and previously chaired the Board of Trustees of Family Service, Inc. in Hamilton. He is also an active member of the Oxford Presbyterian Church. Gates and his wife, Nancy, have two children: Matt, 23, and Betsy, 19.

Gary P. Kreider, an attorney with the Cincinnati firm of Keating, Muething & Klekamp, has been appointed to chair the Corporation Law Committee. He received his bachelor’s, master’s, and law degrees from the University of Cincinnati (UC). A former president of the UC College of Law Alumni, Kreider is currently an adjunct professor at the UC College of Law and a frequent lecturer at legal education conferences on securities law. He is also a member of the Securities Advisory Committee to the Ohio Division of Securities and formerly acted as an arbitrator for the National Association of Security Dealers, Inc. He has served as special securities counsel and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Ohio Bar Liability Insurance Company. In the community, Kreider has served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Cincinnati Classic Horse Shows and as president of the New Richmond Board of Education. He and his wife, Barbara, have five children: Kenneth, Katherine, Krista, Karen, and Kimberly.

James P. Miller, a partner in the Wilmington law firm of Buckley, Miller & Wright, has been re-appointed to chair the Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee. An Ohio University graduate, Miller received his law degree from The Ohio State University in 1963, where he was a case note editor of The Ohio State Law Journal. He is a member of the OSBA’s Council of Delegates, a fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, and a past president of the Clinton County Bar Association. In the community, he has served as president of the Wilmington Rotary Club, on the board of directors of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, and as president of the Clinton County chapter of the American Red Cross. He also has acted as an elder and trustee in the Wilmington Presbyterian Church. Miller and his wife, Jo, have three children and nine grandchildren.

Barbara L. Strady, an attorney practicing with the Middletown firm of Casper & Casper, has been re-appointed to chair the Negligence Law Committee. Strady received both her bachelor’s degree and her law degree from the University of Dayton. She is a member of Miami Valley Trial Lawyers, the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Dayton Bar Association, and the Butler County Bar Association. Strady was a trustee of the Butler County Law Library from 1993 to 2002. In her community, she serves as president of Business and Professional Women. She and her husband, Rich Rowland, have two daughters: Rachel, 6, and Stephanie, 2.

Joan M. Verchot, a partner in the Cincinnati firm of Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, has been appointed to chair the Workers’ Compensation Committee. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and her law degree from Capital University School of Law in 1986. She is a member of the Capital University LawSchool’s Board of Visitors and a past chairperson of the Alumni Governing Board. Verchot is also a member of the OSBA’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Law Liaison Subcommittee and Judicial Candidates Commission. She is a member of the Ohio Attorney General Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council, a past chairperson of the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Committee, and a past member of the Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers. Verchot serves on the Ohio Chamber of Commerce’s Labor Advisory Board and is a member of the Southwest Ohio Self-Insurers Association. Verchot has been published in the Workers’ Compensation Journal of Ohio, Ohio Lawyer, and Cincinnati Business Courier, and frequently lectures on workers’ compensation topics.

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.

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