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About the Commission Members

ABOUT THE COMMISSION MEMBERS

Steven C. Bahls is Dean of Capital University Law School in Columbus and serves as Co- chairperson of the Commission. Dean Bahls received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa in 1976 and his law degree from Northwestern University in 1979. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Columbus Bar Association and the American Bar Association’s Coordinating Committee on Legal Education. Prior to his teaching career, he was a partner in the firm of Frisch, Dudek and Slattery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dean Bahls teaches in the area of Entrepreneurship and the Law, Agricultural Law, and Business Associations. He also served as co-reporter for the Commission.

Colleen K. Nissl is Vice President and General Counsel of Borden, Inc. in Columbus, and serves as Co-chairperson of the Commission. Ms. Nissl has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1975. She served as a member of the Columbus Bar Association Board of Governors from 1991 to 1995 and is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Franklin County. Ms. Nissl’s practice concentrates in the area of complex commercial and antitrust litigation.

Alan W. Anderson is a private practitioner in Amherst. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1971. Mr. Anderson serves as Law Director for the City of Amherst and is member of the Ohio State Bar Association Board of Governors for District 10. He has formerly served as Director of the Lorain County Legal Aid Society and is a former Assistant County Prosecutor for Lorain County.

William C. Becker is a Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Akron C. Blake McDonell Law Center. He received his A.B. from Harvard University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served on the Law Review. He was an attorney for Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, and served in numerous business law departments. He teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution, Legal Ethics, Negotiation and Products Liability. He was a member of the Council of Delegates of the Ohio State Bar Association.

James P. Botti is a partner in the Columbus office of Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur. He received his law degree, with honors, from The Ohio State University College of Law (1982), is a member of the American, Ohio State, and Columbus Bar Associations. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Columbus Bar and is also a member of the Banking, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Financial Institutions, Bankruptcy and Law School Liaison Committees of the Columbus Bar Association, having chaired the latter in 1994-1995 and 1995-1996. Mr. Botti is a frequent speaker on provisional remedies such as replevin and pre-judgment attachment, and has written a book on creditors’ rights entitled Ohio Creditors’ Rights (Anderson Publishing Co. 1993).

John J. Callahan is an attorney in private practice in Toledo. Mr. Callahan received his Bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University and his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1952. He is a member and past president of the Toledo Bar Association, as well as a member of the Ohio State and American Bar Associations. He served as Chairman of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Committee from 1976 to 1982 and was a Fellow with the American Trial Lawyers Association from 1982 to 1992. Mr. Callahan is also a retired Major from the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Margaret R. Carmany is an associate with the law firm of Draper, Hollenbaugh, and Briscoe in Columbus. She obtained her law degree from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1989. She is past Chairperson of the Ohio State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section and currently serves as Ohio’s Young Lawyer Delegate to the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates. Ms. Carmany practices in the area of civil litigation, concentrating in medical malpractice defense, product and premises liability defense, and employment discrimination law.

Russell E. Carnahan is a partner in the law firm of Hunter, Smith, Carnahan, and Shoub in Columbus. Mr. Carnahan obtained his law degree from The Ohio State University in 1983 and also has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Kent State University. He served on the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Bar Examiners from 1990 to 1996. His practice is largely concentrated in the areas of labor law and employee relations.

Aaron G. Durden is a partner in the law firm of Davis, Durden, and Co. in Toledo. Mr. Durden is a 1987 graduate of the Ohio Northern University Law School and is admitted to practice in both Michigan and Ohio.

James E. Green is a Judge for the Franklin County Municipal Court in Columbus. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1984. He is a former Administrator of the Ohio Supreme Court Clients’ Security Fund and a former Assistant Franklin County Prosecutor. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Board for Catholic Social Services and has been a guest speaker and lecturer for numerous government, police and civic groups. In his spare time, he has taught business law to students at Columbus State Community College.

H. James Hatch, III is Director of the Ohio CLE Institute. He received a B.A. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.Ed. and J.D. from the University of Florida. He has been involved in teaching since 1969 at the University of Florida and in Community College adult education training programs while earning his Master’s degree in Education. After law school, Mr. Hatch practiced law for three years in Volusia County, Florida. After four years as an Assistant Director in Harrisburg, Mr. Hatch served as Director of CLE for the North Carolina Bar Association from 1983 until 1988. He became Director of the Ohio CLE Institute in 1988. He has been a Workshop Leader/Participant at numerous ACLEA Meetings and a member of several ACLEA Committees. He has been a Board Member, Interprofessional Commission of Ohio, The Ohio State University.

Eva D. Kessler is Senior Magistrate of the Butler County Common Pleas Court, Domestic Relations Division, in Hamilton. Ms. Kessler received her law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1973. Prior to becoming a Magistrate, she practiced law privately for fifteen years, in addition to serving as a part-time Assistant Prosecuting Attorney from 1984 to 1990. Ms. Kessler is a past president of the Butler County Bar Association, and she currently serves as Co-chairperson of the Association’s CLE committee. She is also an Ohio State Bar Association Delegate for the 1st District.

James M. Klein is Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Studies at the University of Toledo College of Law. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Case Western Reserve University Law School in 1969. Following law school, Professor Klein was a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow placed with Contra Costa Legal Services Foundation in Richmond, California for two years. He joined the University of Toledo law faculty in 1971 and has served as both Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Interim Dean during his tenure there.

Gale S. Messerman is a private practitioner in Cleveland. She earned her law degree, with honors, from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1969. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and also attended graduate school at Case Western Reserve University. Ms Messerman has been a professor and instructor of law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Case Western Reserve University respectively. In addition to Ohio, she has been admitted to both the Texas and Georgia state bars.

Richard A. Mitchell is in private practice with the law firm of Shumaker, Loop, and Kendrick in Toledo. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1989, where he was a member of the Law Review. Mr. Mitchell’s practice is concentrated in the area of labor and employment law, with particular emphasis on employment discrimination, school law, and safety, health, and worker’s compensation matters. He also teaches Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiations at the University of Toledo College of Law on a part-time basis.

Robert S. Moorehead is an attorney in private practice in Cambridge. He obtained his law degree from Capital University Law School in 1974. Mr. Moorehead is retired from the Reserve Component of the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps. He is currently General Counsel for Cambridge Savings Bank and Camco Financial Corporation, as well as President of East Ohio Land Title Agency, Inc. Mr. Moorehead served on the Board of Governors of the United States Bar Association from 1991 to 1994.

The Honorable Solomon Oliver, Jr. is Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He received his Juris Doctor degree from New York University in 1972 and also has a Master’s degree in Political Science from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to his appointment to the bench in 1994, Judge Oliver served as Associate Dean and Professor of Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and as Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Civil Division and Appellate Litigation in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio.

Suzanne K. Richards is a partner with the law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease in Columbus. She received her Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1974. Ms. Richards is a past president of the Columbus Chapter of the Federal Bar Association as well as the Columbus Defense Association. She is a present member and past chair of the Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness of the Supreme Court of Ohio. Ms. Richards practice primarily consists of practice in employment related, business, and commercial litigation.

Robert L. Solomon, II is the Assistant dean for Admission and Director of Moot Court & Lawyering Skills Program at The Ohio State University College of Law. He is an adjunct professor, teaching in the areas of trial and appellate practice. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Ohio State in 1988. He is a former Assistant Attorney General of Ohio and a former Franklin County Municipal Court Magistrate.

Geoffrey Stern served as the Disciplinary Counsel of the Supreme Court of Ohio until mid-1997, when he joined Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter in Columbus. He received his law degree, summa cum laude, form The Ohio State University College of Law in 1968. Mr. Stern has served on both the Columbus and Ohio State Bar Association’s Professional Ethics Committees and was Chairman of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility in 1992-1993.

Lance Tibbles is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Ethics Institute at Capital University Law School in Columbus. He earned his law degree from the University of Oregon in 1963. Professor has taught law for over twenty-five years at three different law schools. He currently serves as Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Legal Education Committee.

Joseph P. Tomain is Dean and Nippert Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Dean Tomain received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1974. He currently serves on the Ohio State Bar Association’s Special Committee to Study Local Evaluation of Candidates for Judicial Appointment. Dean Tomain has previously served as Chairman of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Legal Education Committee and the Task Force on CLE Delivery.

Robert Vaughn is a co-reporter for the Commission. He is a student at Capital University Law School.

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