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Dayton-area lawyers chair OSBA committees

For Immediate Release

SUBJECT: Dayton-area lawyers 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 two Dayton-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.

Kevin C. Connell, of the Dayton firm Freund, Freeze & Arnold, has been re-appointed to chair the Insurance Law Committee. Connell received his undergraduate degree from MiamiUniversity and his law degree from West VirginiaUniversity in 1994. He concentrates his practice in the areas of civil defense litigation, insurance defense litigation, insurance coverage litigation, and construction litigation. In addition to being an active OSBA member, Connell serves on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, and is a member of the Order of Barristers and the Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court. He is an Ohio State Bar Foundation fellow and a member of the Dayton Bar Association. In the community, Connell is an active member of the Christ United Methodist Church. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Theta Lamda chapter of Alpha Tau Omega and is a member of the Miami University Alumni Association. Connell lives in Oakwood with his wife, Dante; their daughter, Katie, 3; and their infant son, Will.

Steven M. Herron, an attorney for the Ohio Public Defender in Columbus and former Dayton resident, has been appointed to chair the Lawyers’ Assistance Committee. Herron received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and his law degree from Capital Law School in 1992. In the community, Herron is active in his church and coaches a tee-ball team. He and his wife, Jill, have two sons: Andrew, 5, and Samuel, 2.

Hon. Michael R. Merz of Dayton, a U.S. District Court magistrate judge, has been appointed to chair the Federal Courts Committee. He received both his bachelor’s degree and his law degree from HarvardUniversity. In the community, Merz serves as president of the Dayton Metro Library Board and as a trustee for the Montgomery County Historical Society. He and his wife, Margot, have two sons: Peter and Nicholas.

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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