The Cincinnati Bar Foundation has set its sights on an expanded role in fighting gun violence and other problems plaguing Cincinnati residents with an ambitious program to raise $250,000 for gunshot victims.

Foundation President Melvin Shotten and Director Rene McPhedran say the program can be part of the gun crime solution, while furthering the foundation's mission of boosting the image of attorneys and the legal process.

The foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Cincinnati Bar Association, has raised $125,000 toward its goal to provide three years of funding for "Out of the Crossfire." This program teams up University Hospital, the city of Cincinnati and the bar foundation to give gunshot victims a wide spectrum of medical, legal, psychological and career support. One objective is to stem the cycle of revenge violence, in which victims become gun crime perpetrators.

The bar foundation has secured major grants from the National City Community Justice Fund, the Joseph J. Schott Foundation and Federated department store's foundation.

Shotten says the foundation typically issues $100,000 or less in grants annually through its $1.5 million general fund. But big problems call for big money, he comments, and that prompted the foundation to team up with others.

"To make it work effectively in this community, we need more money. We need to find other sources and other foundations," he explains.
Shotten was elected to a two-year term as president in June. He plans to use his position to help Greater Cincinnati's economy through effective use of grants, which he encourages grant writers to seek. "We want to use the legal community as an economic engine to address the challenges of the residents," he says.

Gerald F. '™Connell, a Graydon Head & Ritchey partner since 1989, has been appointed to the Cincinnati Chapter of National Association of Industrial and Office Properties board of trustees. '™Connell practices real estate law, general corporate law, commercial financial transactions, corporate finance and environmental law. The National Association of Industrial & Office Properties represents developers, owners, asset managers, investors and other professionals involved in industrial, office and mixed-use real estate throughout North America.
Paige Leigh Ellerman, a Taft, Stettinius & Hollister attorney, will chair the 2006 Benefactor Drive for the St. Elizabeth Medical Center Foundation. The drive seeks 100 new donors each year. Ellerman is an associate in the Litigation Department and is part of the Bankruptcy and Debtor/Creditor Rights Practice Group. A Newport resident, she also serves as the president-elect of the board of governors of Salmon P. Chase College of Law Alumni Association.

Dinsmore & Shohl has hired associate Harry J. Guttman, Ph.D. to practice in the Litigation Department, focusing on intellectual property law for the Cincinnati office. Guttman received his J.D. with honors from George Washington University Law in January and his Ph.D. in BioPhysical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994. The firm also hired associate Daniel Anstey to practice in the Corporate Department, focusing on bankruptcy law for the Cincinnati office. Anstey received his J.D. from Boston College Law School.
Ulmer & Berne has added Christopher J. Mulvaney to its Product Liability Group as a senior counsel in the firm's Cincinnati office. Mulvaney focuses on civil litigation, insurance defense, employment law and construction litigation. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Cors & Bassett has hired Kevin M. Dineen as an associate. A 2005 graduate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, he will practice in the firm's corporate, estate planning, real estate, and taxation groups.

William J. Baechtold, a Graydon Head & Ritchey attorney, has been honored with the VIP (Volunteering Is Phenomenal) Award from the Hamilton County Community Mental Health Board for his part in the formation of the Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services. Baechtold focuses on estate planning, real estate and general corporate law. He has served on numerous boards and committees, including Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Behavioral/Health Services Inc., Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts, Free Store/Foodbank Foundation, St. Xavier High School Alumni Association and St. Ursula Academy.

William G. Kohlhepp of Cors & Bassett, LLC, has received the Financier Award in the 2006 Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Deal Maker Awards. The awards recognize Cincinnati's corporate and individual deal-makers who have been "inspirational, visionary, creative, tenacious, and persistent" in their efforts to complete acquisition, joint venture, financing, and strategic alliance transactions. Kohlhepp began his career in 1965 as a staff attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He joined Cors & Bassett in 1968 and has focused on business, corporate finance, taxes, securities and merger-acquisition law.

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